Windows 10 Search Indexer and Indexing Tips & Tricks

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  1. I have always disabled my search indexing to make my computer faster, so – what you are now saying that it does not really make any difference, am i correct?

  2. Why can’t you just schedule the search indexer? It causes 100% CPU usage. After 20 years of Microsoft, I am switching to Apple. Silence is golden and Microsoft after Gates is loud and idiotic.

  3. Hi AnandK, in the article you say that “The Indexing takes place, only when your computer is idle. When it is busy, indexing is paused”, let me tell that this statment is not true, I’m having problems with my Windows 8 Os, it is always using the disk at 100% level and the Windows Indexser Service has all the Disk resources, it doesn’t matter if I’m using the machine or not, this is happening right now that i’m writing this commet.
    I miss you Windows 7.

  4. If ser A and B have both logged into a computer and have similar documents and emails stored in the index. User A does a search, how/what keeps files from User B’s documents/emails from showing in A’s search results

  5. Is it possible to get the search bar not to run programs it finds by default, but simply shows results. At the moment if I search for “con” and press enter it opens the control panel rather than showing search results. If I type “cno” and press enter I get search results.

    This inconsistency is unpredictable and very annoying – can it be turned off?

  6. i agree completely. It’s just freezes the whole computer and i don’t want to disable it because, windows 8 without search is incomplete. I even tried lowering the process priority from normal to low but that does not stop it from hanging my system.

    I don’t want to format the system cos that would only push the problem for a few weeks and after that, I’d be back to the same problem.

  7. Anybody know how to stop windows search showing files no longer on my computer or how to delete these? Or files that I opened from a USB key months ago showing up in windows search – how do I remove or re- delete these ‘ ghosts’? Thanks

  8. Running windows 7 and your instructions do not fit my version of 7. 1. system and security, not maintaince. 2 No Indexing options, that I can find. I’m no geek but I can follow directions and these seem to me to be lacking, Not the correct sequence of steps. Thanks, Glad you post these to help us all.

  9. Open Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > Performance Information and Tools > Indexing Options > Click on Advanced button > Click File Types. You should see them.

  10. ater opening the control panel, I have 8 general catagories. Which should I open next? I thought syntext/ exactness was paramont in computing. Lets say I’m an idiot, step me through it. I am using windows 7. Thanks

  11. In the top right corner of your Control Panel, you probably have ‘View by’ set to ‘Category’. That is why you are seeing only 8. Change it to ‘Small Icons’. You will now be able to see Performance Information and Tools.

  12. indexer only seems to run when the computer is busy !!!! 11 when I stop typing it stops indexing!!!!

    help, please

  13. See Add or remove folders to be indexed above.
    Allow only your Documents folder to be indexed.

    See Add or remove File Types to be indexed above.
    Restore default list.

    Follow procedure mentioned in the post to. Rebuild Search Index and Restore Search Defaults.

  14. I’m sitting here now and using my PC and Windows Search is running at 25% of CPU. On Windows 8. It does run when the PC is not idle. And I would like to know how to fix that.

  15. hi. i have unchecked the windows search but the searchindexer.exe is still running and utilizes 90% of CPU. thought there might be some virus, tried running kaspersky but found none.

  16. Adding my voice to this. It does start up when you do “nothing” with your computer, like using your mouse for maybe 30 seconds.
    Sending 5gig of data trought FTP and already using a lot of your HDD read capacity for it ? Meh, let’s start indexing…

  17. Absolutely wrong information given. Indexing doesn’t wait for idle at all. It is indexing even when I play Diablo 3!

  18. best way to fix windows search service is to disable it. especially in a server environment. It consumes CPU and blocks access to files. I’ve also seen it to cause network packets to drop.

  19. A small heads up; if you have folders with lots of files, you cannot deselect or expand the folders to do so in Indexed Locations part. It takes 40 minutes (I waited) to expand a folder, probably because of indexing again, and by then you probably clicked several thousand other places. Pause Indexing then remove whatever you want. Also you cannot deselect everything by deselection the parent folder. You have to go wherever your indexed folders are and deselect there.

  20. Yes, it’s always on – unless you stop it manually. However, at least on my computer, the indexing process shows a message saying something like “Indexing is running slower due to user activity”. I don’t know the exact message in english since my windows is not english.

    It does in fact run so slow (low prio) that I don’t even notice it’s running.

  21. Unfortunately I have a very low-spec notebook and when I’m watching a TV programme or movie on it and haven’t had any physical interaction with the system for a while, the Windows Search Indexer starts running even though the computer is NOT really ‘idle’.

    This is a very small problem if I’m watching something I’ve downloaded because the disruption to my player is minimal but if I’m streaming, it becomes practically unwatchable because the increased CPU activity means that I rarely get more than 5 seconds of continuous play before there’s a pause of anything up to a second or 2.

    Normally I just disable the indexing for several days at a time then manually re-enable it just before I head off to work in the morning, disabling it again when I come home in the evening but I wish there was a quick and easy button I could click that would do this (yeah, I suppose I could write a script or something to disable/re-enable the service but that’s effort and we all know that solution’s not perfect anyway).

  22. @happyandyk:disqus Bro does rebuilding the index fixes file types that i have disabled and configured to index only file properties not content etc to default? I had many file types that were set to index file properties and content modified to file props only..will it fix my prob?
    [EDIT]
    I dont suppose it works as i went to advanced indexing options>file types>navigate to filetype:ascx and changed from index file props&contents to file props only……after clicking ok rebuild index dialog popped up…..i closed the popup and restarted windows search service…then rebuilt service again….went over to filetypes and viola…it wasnt reset to default…filetype: ascx was indexed for file props only…….anyway to fix this….any registry keys to delete or edit?……thankx in advanced……

    I know i use void tools Everything for my search but some Microsoft recommends enabling windows search for many of its product including Onedrive sync in windows 8.1 as well as 10

  23. When search indexing starts it freezes my PC for up to 8 minutes, normally around5, and I can’t do anything at all. I need to set the delay time longer as currently it starts when idle after only 4 minutes.

  24. How solve this issue: Windows no pudo iniciar el servicio Winows Search en Equipo local. Error3:El sistema no puede encontrar la ruta especificada.

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