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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    How to Enable or Disable Search Indexing in Windows

    information   Information
    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.

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

    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

    NOTE: 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

    NOTE: 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
    Join Date : Jul 2015
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    Windows 10 64bit

    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.
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  2.    18 Sep 2017 #2
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Posts : 25,212
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17040
    Thread Starter

    Hello Jerry,

    Yes, it will completely disable the search indexing feature including that prompt.
      My ComputersSystem Spec
  3.    18 Sep 2017 #3
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 54
    Windows 10 64bit

    thanks!
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  4.    18 Sep 2017 #4
    Join Date : Oct 2013
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17040
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    You're most welcome.
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