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Windows 7: Start Menu search is really slow

30 Jan 2010   #1
unquist

Windows 7 x64
 
 
Start Menu search is really slow

I've been using Win 7 x64 for about a month and a half, and up until about a week ago, it was fine. But suddenly, when I open the start menu and start typing the name of a program, it takes a really long time to search for the results. They used to start showing up as I was typing. Now for example, if i type in 'calculator' it takes about 20-30 seconds before anything appears. When I watch task manager as i type, the cpu usage goes up to 50%, one entire core! I fiddeled with the indexing so it was only indexing the Start Menu directory and the Users directory, as well as rebuilding the index a few times. Nothing has helped.

This happened suddenly as well: there was no slow degredation

note: other than this, performance of windows and other apps is excellent.

Also: I've definitely installed a lot of software in the last few weeks, but no new hardware.

Help!

(edit System specs):
Windows 7 64-bit
Intel core 2 duo e6600 @ 2.40 ghz
4gb ddr2 ram
ati radeon 5700
250 gb sata HD


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30 Jan 2010   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

welcome to the Forum

Search has to go through everything that you installed.

This may help though


Vista Hack: How to speed up search - Computerworld Blogs

Should work equally well with Windows 7
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30 Jan 2010   #3
unquist

Windows 7 x64
 
 

The property screen those instructions guide you to is different than the one pictured. I think that feature changed b/w Vista and 7.
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30 Jan 2010   #4
unquist

Windows 7 x64
 
 

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.
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30 Jan 2010   #5
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

What program/software have you installed recently? The more you have the longer search will take.

You can try a system restore from before the problem, also. But you will lose all the newly installed programs etc.
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30 Jan 2010   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Find out what processes eat the 50% CPU - either with Task Manager or with Process Explorer.
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31 Jan 2010   #7
unquist

Windows 7 x64
 
 

It's explorer.exe that's using the 50% cpu.

Also, I can't imagine that I installed so many programs that they are slowing down the search. I looked at the search index property page (in the control panel), and it shows 422 items indexed. That seems like a pretty small amount.

In the meantime, I found this launch application:

Executor

This is super fast, and does the trick. But I'd still like to fix windows search. Seems silly to use a third party app to do what windows is already capable of.
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31 Jan 2010   #8
unquist

Windows 7 x64
 
 

As for programs installed recently. A few games (most via Steam), a few smaller applications (google earth, comic rack).

I recently updated my ATI drivers from 9.9 to 10.1. Could that have made a difference?
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31 Jan 2010   #9
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

The problem began recently and the changes that you made were recent, I think that is the first place to look.
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31 Jan 2010   #10
Urbwolf

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

I had the same problem started a day or two ago, Tracked it down to windows update either (KB978506) or (KB977074), Simply uninstalling the updates did not work I had to do a system restore for it to work again, To confirm i reinstalled those updates after restore and problem was back. System process did not show anything over 12% cpu usage. Hopefully this is helpfull for you.
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