How to Disable File Search Indexing in Windows 7

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File search indexing is a feature in Windows 7 that allows the operating system to automatically scan and index the files on your computer so that searches for files will finish faster. The downside to search indexing is that it takes up valuable resources on your computer that could go toward other programs, so you may want to disable it if your computer appears to be running slowly.

Instructions

    • 1

      Click "Start" and type "services.msc."

    • 2

      Click "Services" in the search result.

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      Right-click the "Windows Search" service, and click "Properties."

    • 4

      Choose the "Disabled" option under the "Startup Type" drop-down menu.

    • 5

      Click "OK."

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