Is it worth having 'Indexing' enabled on a desktop?

  Housten 17:27 PM 28 Dec 12

Good Afternoon, Gentlemen,

When Windows 7 64Bit Home Premium was installed on my desktop, I was not aware but indexing was not enabled. When I noticed this a little while ago I asked why and was told it slowed the computer down AND the boot up sequence at the start every time the computer was switched on. Initially I thought that that was OK, but now I am not so certain.

So what I would to know is: Is it worth leaving indexing as it is OR is it worth the overhead and enabling it?

I have a 6 year old twin core machine that has had XP AND Vista on it previously and it has 4GB ram. If further details are necessary I will gladly supply these.

many thanks in anticipation.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:20 PM 28 Dec 12

The indexing feature was designed to speed up Windows search. Basically, it indexes all files and folders on your hard drive, so that the indexes can be used to find files and folders more quickly when the need arises. In theory, your files and folders should only be indexed when the computer is idle, so that there aren’t any performance issues

Even though it’s not supposed to kick in when you are using your computer, it often does. This causes your hard drive to start making noises and slows everything down.

So, if you don’t use Windows search all that often, it makes sense to either disable indexing altogether or modify indexing options, if you are on Windows 7.

Disabling indexing is easy. You can simply right-click on your hard drive in (My) Computer, go to Properties and uncheck Allow Indexing Service to index this disk for fast file searching in Windows XP or Allow files on this drive to have contents indexed in addition to file properties in Windows 7.

it’s best to disable the Indexing Service altogether.

  1. Click on Start and type services.msc in the Search box (XP users will need to click on Start – Run and type services.msc there). Hit Enter how to improve system performance in windows
  2. Locate the Indexing Service (Windows XP) or Windows Search (Windows 7), change the service startup type to Disabled and then click on the Stop button
  3. Click OK, close services.msc and reboot your computer for the changes to take effect

If you are running Windows 7, you can choose to adjust indexing options. This way you will make sure that Windows still indexes your frequently searched locations, but doesn’t hog your computer by indexing folders you never search. Here is how you can configure indexing on a Windows 7 computer: 1. Go to the Control Panel, type indexing options in the search box, and then click Indexing Options. windows performance 2. Click on Modify. Make sure you have Show All Locations enabled improve windows performance 3. Clear the checkboxes for the folders you rarely search and click OK when you are finished

  Housten 13:52 PM 29 Dec 12

Fruit Bat /\0/\,

Many thanks for your post. The service is 'Disabled' and I was not aware of the other options. I have wondered why searching in 'Windows Explorer' were always taking so long, so I will follow your advice about the options, which will I think give me a substantial increase in the speed of searching without impinging too much on computer time.

Many, many thanks for your advice.


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