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    Enable or Disable Search Indexing in Windows

    Enable or Disable Search Indexing in Windows

    How to Enable or Disable Search Indexing in Windows
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    08 Jun 2018
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    How to Enable or Disable Search Indexing in Windows


    By default, Windows will use the index when searching to give you faster search results. The search index only includes your selected locations. These locations can be filtered for what file types (extensions), file properties, and file contents you want indexed.

    The index uses the Windows Search service and runs as the Searchindexer.exe process in the background. The index will automatically rebuild and update for changes made to the included locations since the last index rebuild to increase search result accuracy.

    By default, the search indexer backoff feature will reduce indexing speed while rebuilding the index when there is user activity, and will automatically continue at full speed when no user activity is detected.

    If you prefer to search without using the index, then you could completely disable search indexing. If you disable search indexing, searches will take longer to finish, but search results will always be up to date and accurate.

    For more info, see: Inspired by Insiders - Windows Search Indexer - Windows Insider

    This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable search indexing for all users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to enable or disable search indexing.

    If you disable search indexing, users will no longer be able to search within libraries.

    Timeline requires the Windows Search service to be enabled, running, and set to Automatic (Delayed Start).


     CONTENTS:

    • Option One: To Enable or Disable Search Indexing in Services
    • Option Two: To Enable or Disable Search Indexing in Elevated Command Prompt


    EXAMPLE: Search indexing disabled
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    Enable or Disable Search Indexing in Windows OPTION ONE Enable or Disable Search Indexing in Windows
    To Enable or Disable Search Indexing in Services

    1. Press the Win+R keys to open Run, type services.msc into Run, and click/tap on OK to open Services.

    2. Do step 3 (enable) or step 4 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


     3. To Enable Search Indexing

    This is the default setting.

    A) Double click/tap on the Windows Search service to open its properties page. (see screenshot below)

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    B) Select Automatic (Delayed Start) in the Startup type drop menu, and click/tap on Apply. (see screenshot below)

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    C) Click/tap on Start. (see screenshot below)

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    D) Click/tap on OK, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below)

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     4. To Disable Search Indexing

    A) Double click/tap on the Windows Search service to open its properties page. (see screenshot below)

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    B) Click/tap on Stop if the service is currently running. (see screenshot below)

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    C) Select Disabled in the Startup type drop menu, click/tap on OK, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below)

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    5. You can now close Services if you like.






    Enable or Disable Search Indexing in Windows OPTION TWO Enable or Disable Search Indexing in Windows
    To Enable or Disable Search Indexing in Elevated Command Prompt

    1. Open an elevated command prompt.

    2. Do step 3 (enable) or step 4 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


     3. To Enable Search Indexing

    This is the default setting.

    A) Enter the command below into the elevated command prompt, press Enter, and go to step 5 below.

    sc config "wsearch" start=delayed-auto && sc start "wsearch"

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     4. To Disable Search Indexing

    A) Enter the command below into the elevated command prompt, press Enter, and go to step 5 below.

    sc stop "wsearch" && sc config "wsearch" start=disabled

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    5. You can now close the elevated command prompt if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    18 Sep 2017 #1

    Does this also turn off the prompt to turn search indexing on for faster results. I have a SSD and it is recommended to turn Search indexing off.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  2. Posts : 30,584
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17713
    Thread Starter
       18 Sep 2017 #2

    Hello Jerry, :)

    Yes, it will completely disable the search indexing feature including that prompt.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  3.    18 Sep 2017 #3

    thanks!
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  4. Posts : 30,584
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17713
    Thread Starter
       18 Sep 2017 #4

    You're most welcome.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  5.    08 Jun 2018 #5

    Thank you, Brink, for another clear, concise Win 10 tutorial.

    I DISABLED Win 10 Indexing because Everything (Search) is much faster, efficient, and reliable... based on my experience. (Everything is a happy freeware!)

    Appreciate!

    ~ Alan
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  6.    08 Jun 2018 #6

    ab1kenobee said: View Post
    Thank you, Brink, for another clear, concise Win 10 tutorial.

    I DISABLED Win 10 Indexing because Everything (Search) is much faster, efficient, and reliable... based on my experience. (Everything is a happy freeware!)

    Appreciate!

    ~ Alan
    ty for the tip but that freeware u talking,, it shoud use any index to make faster search supose?
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  7.    08 Jun 2018 #7

    makiraper said: View Post
    ty for the tip but that freeware u talking,, it shoud use any index to make faster search supose?
    Hello makiraper:

    I do not understand what you are really asking... however I provided a link... check out the reviews... and see what you think.

    Personally, I have used many Win indexers over the years... and I have found Everything (Search) to be much superior.

    Hope this proves helpful.

    ~ Alan
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  8.    08 Jun 2018 #8

    ab1kenobee said: View Post
    Hello makiraper:

    I do not understand what you are really asking... however I provided a link... check out the reviews... and see what you think.

    Personally, I have used many Win indexers over the years... and I have found Everything (Search) to be much superior.

    Hope this proves helpful.

    ~ Alan
    yes i check rigth now it work muuch better than windows 10 default search ty for show me this program
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  9.    08 Jun 2018 #9

    makiraper said: View Post
    yes i check rigth now it work muuch better than windows 10 default search ty for show me this program

    You're welcome.

    Hope it works out good for you too!

    ~ Alan
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 

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