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No More Indexing

Friday, November 17th, 2006 by | Filed Under: File & Disk Management

Did you know that Windows XP and Vista keep a record of all the files you have saved on your hard disk? Why do they do this? Well, it’s basically used for when you do a search for a particular file or folder on your hard drive. Since they both remember everything you have, it makes this process go much faster.

On the other hand though, there is a downside to this. Because your computer has to index all of the files you have stored on your hard drive, it slows things way down when just trying to find that particular one you’re looking for. It will drag out the normal file commands, such as opening and closing as well.

So, if you don’t usually search for files on your hard drive in this way, I suggest turning the indexing feature off. It will speed things up so much for you. Here’s how you do it.

For Windows XP:

1.Click on Start, Control Panel. (Note: You must be in the classic Control Panel view for this tip to work).

2.Double click Administrative Tools.

3.Double click Services.

4.Double click Indexing Services.

5.Click on Stop and then click OK.

For Windows Vista:

Almost the exact same process here, only instead of “indexing Services” you’ll look for “Windows Search”. Stop that service and enjoy increased search speeds within Windows!


Once you have the Indexing or Search option stopped, your computer will be able to find any of the files or folders you want to access much quicker. Everything will just work so much faster and you and I both know, you can’t beat that!


~ Shantala Ramamoorthy

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