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Windows 7: Why is Rebuild Search Indexing so Slow?

29 Jul 2010   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 - OEM Service Pack 1

You might want to have your boss install this free little piece of software I can highly recommend it much quicker than indexing.

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24 Sep 2014   #12

Win 7 Pro 64

Responding to this old thread because it comes up in searches and I just found a solution to my same problem! For me, the culprit was NuanceWDS.exe, a process that is installed along with some Nuance products (like PaperPort in my case). PaperPort is often bundled with scanners and printers, so this file may be pretty common.

The solution was to de-select "pdf" as a filetype in the Indexing Options (Control Panel), under the "Advanced" button, "File Types" tab. Then stop the NuanceWDS.exe process and delete or rename the file. Reboot to be safe, and re-enable pdf as a file type for indexing options.

BTW, I really like Everything as a fast desktop search tool, but it only searches filenames, not file content or emails.
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