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Disable indexing service on Windows Vista or Seven

If your hard drive keeps “scraping” and your PC’s performance is hardly on the go, then the Windows indexing service should be out of use. Useful to instantly retrieve thousands of files, it severely penalises the system even more if the hard drive is inefficient — less than 5,400 minutes in particular. Let’s do this without further delay!

Step 1 — Deactivation of indexing service

Let’s start by turning off the indexing service. To do this, open the start Menu then enter Services in the search box and validate by pressing the key Entry.

Capture décran - Menu Démarrer, saisie de la commande Services
Screenshot of screen — Start menu, enter the Services command

Now look for the service titled Windows Search or Windows Search. Double-click it, and then, in the drop-down list of boot types, select Disabled.

Capture décran - Désactivation du service dindexation
Screenshot of screen — Deactivation of indexing service

Also click on the button Stop. To validate, click on the button OK.

Step 2 — Complete deactivation of indexing

Now that the service is disabled, we need to go further in the complete deactivation of indexing.

So open theComputer, then right click on the hard drive — or one of your partitions, and click on Properties.

Then uncheck the box Index this reader for a quick search.

Then click on the button Apply. If an error message appears click on Ignoring everything or Continue.

Capture décran - Arrêt de lindexation sur les différentes partitions
Screenshot of screen — Stop indexing on different partitions

Wait several minutes, then confirm it through the button OK.

Repeat the operation for each of your partitions or hard drives.

Restart the computer and see the result. At rest, the diode on your hard drive shouldn't even turn on. Similarly, if you open the Task Manager — via keys Ctrl + Shift + Echap, the process SearchIndexer.exe disappeared which has the effect of lightening and hard disk, and memory.

Finally, once disabled, this service will no longer be available in Outlook 2007. However, the traditional search module does not disappear. You can also keep the indexing module but by deleting some folders to index for better performance, as indicated in the article Exclude a folder from indexing engine in Windows Vista.

A great way to give your PC a youthful blow without losing a really useful feature when you're so unorganised. Finally, note that searches in the Start menu are always instantaneous.


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  • Lion77

    Good morning,
    Thank you for reminding me of this.
    I used to practice “non-indexing” but I had returned to service because I use “O & O Defrag” which allows defragmenting according to the rate of use of the files
    —the most used outside the disk so easier to access- And to do so, you will agree, indexing is indispensable.
    That said Brahim, (sidi-brahim) the experience of this defragmentation has not proved to me its merits unlike the non-indexing whose result is almost immediate.
    Thank you again

  • @Lion77 : indexing is a real disaster for performance. I strongly advise to disable this service and especially to all laptop users for which the hard drive is often a weak point. Indexing really makes sense only for thousands of files in hundreds of folders. Otherwise, it is just as fast to go through the explorer — provided of course that you are a little organised.

    A very effective result so and thank you for your comment!

  • Boubi

    Hello...when I uncheck “index this drive for a quick search”, Vista proposes to do so only for the player in question or to the player, subfolders and files.

    I'm supposed to choose which option.

    Thanks for your help

  • Kyrax

    I strongly advise to replace everything search software which for me is the most beautiful software discovery of recent years, in pus to be light the search is immediate! The explanation comes from the fact that it uses the MFT (Master File Table) of each NTFS volume to generate its database.

    Of course, it is only compatible with NTFS.

    Cordially, Kyrax

  • Good morning
    I‘m not very good and I’d like to know if there are any things to do manually once I have disabled the indexing service?
    If yes, please tell me which

  • Macfly69

    A big thank you for all these precious details, which for a little hacker who only seeks to know more finds his bonhneur on this wonderful site.

  • Alex

    I have a problem to completely disable...

    I don't have a box “index this reader for a quick search”

    —compress this player to increase the available space
    — allow indexing of the contents of this drive’s files in addition to file properties

    What should I check/discover? Knowing that the second option is already checked.

    Thank you for answering me as soon as possible

  • Xiphos

    Thank you already for this tutorial very well explain but I have a problem!
    After disable indexing and reboot my computer the HDD looks more beautiful!
    Thank you for answering


    good morning,
    I have Windows XP, a computer that is 5 years old
    as my start was slow, I've activated the indexing system, and then activates the type of boot that was before manual. Results: my computer does not start again, in fact it turns on then a black page appears and restarts in a loop..., I tried F8, failed mode, nothing to do.
    A reparator wants to reinstall me Windows, so I'm gonna lose my data. What can I do

  • Jean Manaus

    Good morning.
    I followed your procedure successfully.
    Then I realised that at the same time I had lost the “Search” function (which, curiously bore the English name of “find, or search, or research”, I don't know well).
    So I resumed your procedure backwards, and found my indexation, but not the “search” function!
    I searched the internet, and a lot of people have the same problem, and no one, to my knowledge, managed to solve the problem.
    Will our local genius succeed in finding the solution?

    • Good morning,

      are you on Vista or Seven?
      Try to reactivate the function in Enable or disable Windows features via Control Panel, Programs and Features, by checking Windows Search and then OK.

      Restarts and normally it’s good

  • sub13

    Good morning

    After performing the etapes 1 and 2 due to the deletion worries (file put to the recycle bin that did not disappear immediately) I just noticed that the search for files is ineffective.

    I think I solved the issue by:
    Step 1/Disable windows search (must be enabled)→ not to do
    (if not the file search tools in my documents don't work) I think you can also go by disable Windows features via Control Panel, Programs and Features, by checking Windows Search and then OK
    Step 2/Alright disable hard disk indexing → to do

    thank you if it can do you a favor.

  • Woaw! Thanks Aurélien, this puts a nasty boost to a “old” 3 year old PC (sic) running under Vista. Yet I tried freeware and shareware... nothing to do with your trick, simple to follow, and really speeding up Vista.

    Please note: The duration of the task “Application of Attributes...” proved to be particularly long (25 minutes) on a professional PC containing thousands of Word, Excel, accounting files, the first of which are already 15 years old..., with local replication, under XAMPP, of my websites, i.e. a few thousand PHP files and more than twelve MySQL databases!

    Thank you Aurélien!

  • Ronan

    Previously, I didn't have this problem on XP, then it appeared with a more recent version of XP (SP2 or SP3). I hadn't figured out why my external hard drives were “free” at boot to use your expression.
    Now I'm on W7 and I have the same pb, I use two sharkoons each supporting 2 DD in e-SATA. I tested your trick with scrupulously following the procedure (very well explained moreover). It doesn't work... No understands...

  • Lukasiewiez

    Hello-I can't find a solution to my printing problem. When I click on print, I have to wait a long time before the printer starts. Would you have an explanation for this problem?

    • Aurélien Denis Post author

      Hum the tutorial doesn't mention printing on Windows. If the printer is networked, chances are that the router will be very slow to transmit the information to the printer.

      If this is not the case, update the driver and connect to a USB2 or 3 port.

  • Pedarros

    Hello Aurélien,
    I just read your tutorial and applied it to my seven. He gives me two possibilities:
    — Apply the changes to the C:\ drive
    — Apply changes to C:\ drive, subfolders and files.

    Could you tell me what to do, so far I've chosen the first solution.
    Thank you