Indexing Service in Windows® 7
Consequences of disabling Windows 7 indexing service
The Windows 7 is the latest and most advanced version of the highly popular Windows Operating System from Microsoft. The graphic rich looks and revived features allow the Windows 7 to truly stand apart from its previously released versions. The Windows 7 is a highly functional and customizable OS featuring some of the most advanced aspects in computing technology through a simple user friendly interface. Like its previous versions the Windows 7 is also having excellent support for third party applications which allows the users to install separate applications developed on the Windows platform for enhancing the productiveness and functionality of the users and the system. The Windows search and indexing is a service or option that allows the users to easily find the desired file or application on the system hard disk by simply typing in the name or other details about what to be searched into the search box. The search & indexing in Windows 7 is a revised version of the original service and is having the search box in every open Windows. This service works by indexing or creating a small data base file containing the data or information about all the files on the system hard disk and searching among the information in the database when demanded by the users. The Windows indexing service if disabled by the users will disable the windows search feature that allows the users to easily find any file and its path on the hard disk and sometimes might create system instability. The Windows indexing feature in short is a great option that helps the users to find important files when required without the need to manually search through the countless folders on the system hard disk.
Discussed below are some of the ways by which the users can turn off the Indexing Service in Windows 7:
- Using 'Control panel'
- Administrative tools
- Drive menu
Using 'Control panel'
The Windows 7 users can select to turn off the Windows Indexing Service via the ‘Programs and features’ menu in the system 'Control panel'. The ‘Programs & features’ menu allows the users to turn off and turn on different features of the Windows 7 including the Indexing Service. Un-checking the Indexing Service option in the Windows features menu and restarting the system will help the users to successfully turn off the Indexing Service in Windows 7.
The users can also make use of the services menu in order to stop or disable the Indexing Service in Windows 7. The users can gain access to the services menu in the Windows 7 by inputting ‘services.msc’ command in the 'Run' menu. Finding the ‘Windows search’ service in the services menu and disabling it by selecting the 'Disable' tab in the startup type menu will disable the Windows Indexing Service from the next system startup. To turn the service on, the users will just have to reverse this procedure and select 'Automatic' tab in the startup type menu of the Windows search service. The user can also access the services from the 'Computer management' menu in the Administrative tools of the system 'Control panel'.
Apart from the above listed options that completely disables the Indexing Service in Windows 7 the users can also select the indexing options for individual devices and drive volumes connected to the system. The users can do so by un-checking the check box of ‘Allow the files on this drive to be indexed’ option which can be accessed by right clicking and selecting the 'Properties' menu of the desired drive volume or supported devices.
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