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How do I rebuild the instant search index in Windows Vista

In Windows Vista, it is quite possible that your search index may become corrupt or unusable. In a situation like this, it is fairly easy to rebuild the search index in Windows Vista.

In Windows Vista, it is quite possible that your search index may become corrupt or unusable. In a situation like this, it is fairly easy to rebuild the search index in Windows Vista.

Click the and type indexing (Figure A).

Figure A.

Next, select Indexing Options from Instant Search (Figure B) and click Advanced and select Rebuild to rebuild the index from scratch (Figure C).

Figure B.

 You also have the option of creating a new location for the index as well as indexing encrypted files.

Figure C.

Do yourself a favor and grab a cup of Joe or some Tea? This is going to take awhile.

4 comments
darkonhellbringer
darkonhellbringer

What if rebuild is not able to be selected, or if the index list is completely empty... I try to select "restore defaults" as that is the only option available but it gives me an error 1053. Please help as I receive error notifications every 5 minutes saying my Win Search Index has stopped working.

reisen55
reisen55

I have no desire to support Vista and setting passwords is usually set on the domain itself. I hope Vista goes the way of OS/2.

armstrongb
armstrongb

Just curious, does indexing still take up roughly 30% of the space of the files it indexes as it does in older versions of Windows? We turned on indexing services in 2000 and XP on only a few machines on our network due to the lack of local drive space to store the index. I like how fast the indexing service makes search on my local drives but the overhead for the network was huge.