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Windows 7: Start Menu search is really slow

01 Feb 2010   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by unquist View Post
So I changed the search indexing so that it's only indexing the Start Menu folder, and nothing else. That amounts to about 200 items total in the index, and search is still running extremely slowly. There has to be something else going on here.
and that is your problem right there.... you have only indexed the start menu, search doesnt just search the start menu, it searches EVERYTHING! if you have got rid of your indexes, then its manually searching each time.....

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01 Feb 2010   #12

Windows 7 x64

@severedsolo: That would explain the slowness. Is there some way to restrict the results that search returns, rather than just what it indexes (which is what I've apparently restricted)?

@Urbwolf: I did install those patches around the time the problem started, though I'm not sure if they exactly coincide. If true, I guess I just have to wait for a patch to fix the patch.
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02 Feb 2010   #13

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

I have also been experiencing this issue, and I haven't installed anything new recently. I was doing a google search in the hopes of finding a way to fix the problem, but I found this post instead.

I'm inclined to say that it probably was the recent update. I have updates set to install automatically, and nothing else has changed.. so it makes sense to me.

I went from Windows XP directly to Windows 7 (never used Vista) and I find that I use the start menu search all the time. It's nice to be able to just type "notepad" and have notepad come up. Unfortunately, now I have to wait 10-15 seconds just for it to bring up whatever I search for, where before it was maybe 2 seconds.
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03 Feb 2010   #14

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

I had this same issue, and was ready to do a system restore to remove the 2 latest updates, but it appears to have fixed itself now...
How bizarre!
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04 Feb 2010   #15

Windows 7 x64

Wow. I went back and tried again after I saw leo85's response, and lo and behold, it does appear to have fixed itself! Nothing's changed since when it was broken, except for the date. Apparently search decided to slow down at the end of January and speed up again when February was underway. Crazy!
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17 Jun 2012   #16

Windows 7
Slow response from "Search programs and files?" Delete the profile.

Deleting my profile resolved the issue for me.

It would take up to thirty seconds to get any response from typing something like "notepad" in the "Search programs and files" box in the Start Menu. On other systems, notepad.exe would have been found before even typing in the entire word. Ditto for anything else - "cmd", "mstsc," etc.

After struggling with this issue for months, trying this and that, I was ready to just rebuild the system when I thought about profiles and how often corrupted ones can lead a wide variety of strange problems that seem to just start all of a sudden.

So, I logged in as another admin user in my domain and, voila, no delay at all. I then deleted the problem profile (My Computer ~ Properties ~ Advanced System Settings ~ Advanced tab ~ Settings button in the User Profiles section). I then logged on as that problem user, a new profile was created, and the problem has gone away.

Should have thought about that a LONG time ago. Doh!
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