Change the location of Search Index in Windows 7 / 8

You may, if you wish, chose to change the default location of search index in Windows 7. It is, by default, stored at C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Search\Data  folder, which is a hidden system folder.

Change location of Search Index

To do so, Open Control Panel in its ‘all items view’, and click on Indexing Options.

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Next click on Advanced.

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In the Index location box, click Select new.

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Choose the folder where you want to store the search index file in. Click on OK.

This operation will restart Windows Search Service and indexing will take place afresh and be saved at this new location.

Want more? Check out these Windows Search Indexer tips.

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Anand Khanse aka HappyAndyK is an end-user Windows enthusiast, a Microsoft MVP in Windows, since 2006, and the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.