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Windows 7: Index Locations - Add or Remove

28 Jan 2013   #30


brink hope you can help .... I have to places, I cannot remove from search. No coresponding folders are displayed. I think it is, because the coresponding folders dont exist anymore (comes from a restore of C: ).

Is there any way to have all search locations reset/deleted ...

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28 Jan 2013   #31

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello 5ggggg,

You might see if rebuilding the index may help.
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28 Jan 2013   #32


no didnt help .. I tried also deactivating the service, deleting the search folders itself ... as said somewhere in the registry it stores those locations where the corespondig folders dont exist anymore ...

I also tried the promlems solver ...
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29 Jan 2013   #33


it looks (acording to MS) that WinSearchIndexer cant deal with juntions. I had added a subfolder created under such a junction to the index. But as the indexer doesnt show the junction above it, one cant remove it.
So I renamed my junction and created a folder whose name was like the one of my junction before and copied the subfolder into it. Now I could remove it from the indexer. Afterwards I deleted the new folder and renamed my juntion.
Resumee: Dont add folders which are located under a junction to the indexer
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29 Jan 2013   #34

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Yep, a junction point would do it. Thank you for posting back with your results and findings. :)
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07 Apr 2013   #35

XP Pro (x86) | 7 HP (x86) & (x64) | 7 Pro (x64)
No "Indexing Options" on my Win7 Control Panel

My Win7 32bit PC does not have "Indexing Options" listed on Control Panel
I looked in "Performance and Information Tools" but it is not there !

Where is "Indexing Options" hiding

Index Locations - Add or Remove-no-indexing-options-cp-8apr2013.png

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07 Apr 2013   #36

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Russell,

Double check in Windows Features to make sure that you have Windows Search turned on (checked) like in the tutorial below to see if that may the cause.

Windows Search - Turn On or Off

Hope this helps for now, :)
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31 Aug 2013   #37

XP Pro (x86) | 7 HP (x86) & (x64) | 7 Pro (x64)

Thanks "Brink" :)

I am rather late at acknowledging your guidance. Four months ... my apologies.
Your tip worked .. my fault .. I forgot I disabled indexing.

I am using "FileSearchEX" to search for contents ... and ... portable "Everything" to find files.
FileSearchEX is perfect for me to search my 4,280 txt files (contents). Takes about 8 seconds for a result.
"Everything" file-find results are immediate, as fast as I can type the file name.
"Everything" portable does not inhibit external storage device removal (the integrated/installed version can cause problems when safely removing)

I have assumed Start > Search ... uses the last index-list, so occasionally I do an "index update" -- haven't had any problems so far.
Indexing slowed my PCs down considerably. A shame MS abandoned the WinXp "Find" dialog in Win7

Thank you for an excellent forum
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31 Aug 2013   #38

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

You're welcome Russell. I'm happy to hear that you got it sorted. :)
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15 Feb 2017   #39

Windows 7
hi it says 0 items indexed and show all locations is greyed out.

could this be because i don't have multiple drives and only one essential C: drive for my computer? also it says 0 items indexed. the most important thing is, How do I index things OUTSIDE my my C: drive, like Libraries, for example: Downloads, Music, Folders made outside of my C: drive, and... music/videos. system specs are

Computer Manufacturer/Model NumberEdit Value
OSEdit Value
Windows 7 Ultimate x64
CPUEdit Value
(3.00 GHz) AMD Athlon II X4 640 22 C Propus 45nm Technology
MotherboardEdit Value
MemoryEdit Value
6.00 GB 5.75 GB usable.
Graphics Card(s)Edit Value
HP S2031 (1600x900@60Hz) 2943MB ATI Radeon HD 4200 (HP) and my hard drive is barricuda. i copy and pasted my sytem specs because a notification of this website said it'd help admins/IT people to help me by providing system specs, thancs
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