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Windows 7: Slow Search in Windows 7

24 Nov 2011   #1

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
Slow Search in Windows 7

Hi guys,

My company is just rolling out Windows 7 and we get claims from the users that the search process in Windows 7 is much slower than in Windows XP.

Users cannot add additional locations to the Search Index because we have disabled this through group policies.
The D:\ drive for example is not indexed, but why is searching taking 3x longer on Windows 7 than Windows XP?

My System SpecsSystem Spec

24 Nov 2011   #2

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit

I can only guess, but two probable reasons:
  1. The large size of the C:\Windows\winsxs folder is causing searches to take longer than in XP, which would (on average) have a considerably lower count of files and folders on the C: drive.
  2. Since the Windows 7 systems are newly installed, it takes a few days for everything to be completely indexed until search can take full advantage of said indexing.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Nov 2011   #3

Windows 7 Enterprise x64

My C:\Windows\winsxs folder is 7,80 GB in size.
My Windows Client is installed for 1 month already. The index should already be created. But searching in unindexed locations still takes very long.

PS: our C:\ drive is not fully indexed. Only these locations are included in the index:
- Internet Explorer History
- Offline Files
- Start Menu
- Users
My System SpecsSystem Spec

28 Nov 2011   #4

Windows 7 Enterprise x64

Gentlemen, did Windows XP search automatically inside documents?
Because Windows 7 seems to do so.
Might that be the reason why searching is so slow?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Dec 2011   #5

Windows 7 Enterprise x64

Hi guys, we didn't find any solution for this, so we included the location to the index
So, I will mark this thread as solved (by workaround).

Merry Christmas !
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Dec 2011   #6


I use a third party utility and disable Windows own search and indexing.

By comparison search results are literally always instant...

Everything Search Engine
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