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17 Jan 2012   #1

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What happens if i disable indexing

Hi All,

I am thinking about disabling indexed searching to free space on my hard drive - will this affect anything? - does this mean i cant search anything?

Thomas


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17 Jan 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

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17 Jan 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Hi Seavixen32,

Thanks for the quick reply - do you have search indexing on?
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17 Jan 2012   #4

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

if you turn off indexing, you can't use search - it will remove the searchbox on your start-menu.

if you never use search, then you can disable indexing. you may save yourself a teensy bit of memory, but won't free up any hard drive space worth worrying about.

personally, i organise my data well, so i'm pretty sure where everything is, so i've restricted my indexing solely to my start-menu. that way i can quickly start programs by typing in the first few letters into my searchbox rather than hunt through lots of folders and subfolders to find the shortcut i'm looking for.
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17 Jan 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thomasblake222 View Post
Hi Seavixen32,

Thanks for the quick reply - do you have search indexing on?
Apparently not!

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17 Jan 2012   #6

Windows 7 HP / Ultimate x64
 
 

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will this affect anything?
Only the time required by Windows to offer you the search results.

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does this mean i cant search anything?
No. You can still search for things, only the search process will take longer. This is because Windows will need to scan through your files and drives every time you search for something, as opposed to it having indexed results to refer to.

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if you turn off indexing, you can't use search - it will remove the searchbox on your start-menu.
That's incorrect. It only turns off the indexing feature. The search indexing service basically scans through the files and folders on the Windows system and records information about them in an index file. The basic search functionality still works.

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I am still thinking about whether or not to use it.
If you do a lot of searching on your system, you may want to leave it turned on.
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17 Jan 2012   #7

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thomasblake222 View Post
Hi All,

I am thinking about disabling indexed searching to free space on my hard drive - will this affect anything? - does this mean i cant search anything?

Thomas
I have had indexing turned off for 8 or 10 years.

I don't miss it.

I gave up on Windows search tools and instead use "Everything" from voidtools.com.

It's free and lightning fast. The only limitation is that it searches for file names ONLY, not contents.
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17 Jan 2012   #8

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thomasblake222 View Post
Hi Seavixen32,

Thanks for the quick reply - do you have search indexing on?
Apparently not!

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that's something else, seavixen - if you hover your mouse over that entry you'll see that it's a legacy indexing option from the xp days.

check your task-manager to see if you have SearchIndexer.exe running - make sure you have 'show processes from all users' box ticked
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17 Jan 2012   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Oh, Thanks guys

I am still thinking about whether or not to use it.

Will let you know when I made up my mind.
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17 Jan 2012   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

You're very welcome.

Thanks for the update Mickey, I did wonder about that as soon as I'd posted the screenshot.

You're quite right, I checked Task Manager and the indexing service is running.
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