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Windows 7: Why is Rebuild Search Index ridiculously slow?

18 Feb 2014   #1

Windows 7, 64 bit
Why is Rebuild Search Index ridiculously slow?


I have a SONY VAIO laptop, 64 bit.

I recently did a factory reset, so it's a clean install.

But after doing the factory reset, Outlook mails stopped showing up in search results, so I decided to rebuild the search index (Indexing options > Advanced options > Rebuild).

However, it's been over an entire month and it's still only at 1,400 items indexed!

Normally it can index like 30,000 items within seconds.

I tried "troubleshoot search and indexing" but that did not help.

I've googled for a solution to this problem without any luck.

I would be so grateful for your help, because I have been struggling with this problem for weeks.

Thanks in advance!

My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Feb 2014   #2


A factory reset is not only not a Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
but is the worst possible install of Win7 one can have.

Until you can do the vastly superior Clean Reinstall to start enjoying actual Win7 performance, you can try to Clean Up Factory Bloatware to regain some performance lost to bloatware and duplicate utilities which interfere with better versions built into Win7.

In particular establish a Clean Boot to get the freeloaders off of Win7's back. This may speed up the background indexing, which will always run slowly when other services are vying for resources.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Feb 2014   #3

Windows 7, 64 bit


Thanks very much for your reply.

1) I followed the "Clean Up Factory Bloatware" instructions, and nothing has made a difference to the speed.

2) Additionally, I disabled "Indexer Backoff" following these instructions.

Given that disabling the Indexer Backoff did not speed up the indexing -- I assume that this means that actually the problem has nothing to do other programs/services hogging my computer's resources?

What could be the problem here?

My System SpecsSystem Spec

22 Feb 2014   #4


It might be that you have the worst install of Win7 one can possibly have. Did you miss that?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Feb 2014   #5

Windows 7, 64 bit

I was under the impression that the main difference between "Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7" and the regular "factory reset" is that the Clean Reinstall does not come with bloatware/duplicate utilities.

But having disabled "Indexer Backoff", and still seen no difference, I assumed that bloatware/duplicate utilities cannot be the problem in any case -- so why would a Clean Reinstall make a difference.

From your response, I assume that my assumption about Clean Reinstall is incorrect -- please could you explain what the actual differences are between Clean Reinstall and Factory Reset?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Feb 2014   #6


Factory Recovery reinstalls the OS exactly as it came from the factory, with all of the corrupting bloatware and duplicate utilities that interfere with better versions built into Win7.

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 has none of that, only the OS optimized for perfect performance. This is the difference between having the best install of Win7 and the worst possible install. I would go further to say that one does not even experience true native Win7 performance without going completely clean.

Some performance can be clawed back doing a Clean Up Factory Bloatware and issues can be traced with Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7, however this is really rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. The ship is still sinking, or sunk.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Feb 2014   #7

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18.3 MATE, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
Backup HDD Image

Once you have reinstalled Windows and gotten the updates, but before you install any programs, you should create a backup HDD image.

If you don't like Windows Backup, you may need to install something like Macrium Reflect first (or create a Macrium WinPE disc/USB stick).

IMO, you should create another image after you have installed your programs, before you start surfing the Internet.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
Imaging with free Macrium

I prefer to use Macrium Reflect.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Feb 2014   #8

Windows 7, 64 bit

Thanks for the explanation.

One thing I just want to clarify:

I thought that disabling the "Indexer Backoff" allows the indexing to get on with its job, completely independent of any other bloatware or programs that would otherwise interfere or reduce performance.

But it appears that the indexing function itself has already been corrupted due to the Factory Recovery?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Feb 2014   #9


Factory Recovery is corrupt install to begin with. Go clean and enjoy Win7 for the first time.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Feb 2014   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 10 Pro x64

I had a similar issue after installing an add-on to my Brother printer, Paperport.
It does its own indexing and slowed Windows indexing to a crawl. I uninstalled it.

I had read that if I had let Windows complete the index and then installed Paperport, it would have been okay but I really didn't need it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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