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Windows 7: How to turn off search indexer?

05 Aug 2012   #1
Anakunda

Windows 7 x64
 
 
How to turn off search indexer?

Hello,

This file

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Search\Data\Applications\Windows\Windows.edb

is constantly growing up. I assume it contains updated search index of all files.
I'd like to turn it's updating completely off to spare some resources.
I can locate a Windows Search service which is set autostart but I think disabling this service will result in disabling searching within start menu and control panels (which I don't intent).
Is there a way to disable permanent indexing of my hard drive while keeping the start menu search available? Thanks in advance


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05 Aug 2012   #2
cryptoncore

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows 8.1 Pro x64 (on laptop)
 
 

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05 Aug 2012   #3
Anakunda

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Thanks
One more question, will this disable also search through start menu and control panel?
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05 Aug 2012   #4
cryptoncore

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows 8.1 Pro x64 (on laptop)
 
 

nope it will still work, but a little bit slower (obviously because it doesn't have a index), i have mine turned off to maintain my hard disk, start bar search/control panel search will still work don't worry about that
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05 Aug 2012   #5
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Anakunda,

Just a FYI:
  • Disabling the index in Windows 7 will cause you to no longer be able to do searches in Libraries.
  • Disabling the index in Windows 7 will cause you to no longer be able to use Arrange by in Libraries.
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