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How do you disable Vista's file indexing?

By OldER Mycroft ·

My poor sad mate has a NB with pre-installed Vista Premium.

The main problem as I can see it, is when 'file indexing' kicks in automatically. The entire OS then slows right down because of that process.

I read somewhere, recently, and then forgot! ...but I know there is a way to turn this off.

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2 ways

by ugadata In reply to How do you disable Vista' ...

To turn off indexing for a specific drive:
GOTO My Computer, right click on a drive icon, this will open the System Properties dialog box. Towards the bottom of the page is a check box for "Allow Indexing Service to index this disk for fast file searching" uncheck this box (it is checked by default)

To completely turn off the indexing service goto services (services.msc) find the Indexing Service and change it's start up option to manual or disabled.

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Thanks, it's just me, I know something then...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to 2 ways seems like I forget it again, maybe something to do with being old.

Or maybe just being totally disinterested in Vista!!!

Thankyou though, his system might just have a chance to get-uand-go now, without interruptions.

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Sorry, ugadata, I gave ...then took away.....

by OldER Mycroft In reply to 2 ways

..thinking it was what I had forgotten.

...........Doesn't work! - No such category.

Maybe give another path?...

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What about this?....

by CaptBilly1Eye In reply to Sorry, ugadata, I gave .. ...

1. Click on the Start Button and enter Indexing Options. Hit Enter and the Indexing Options should load.

2. Click on the Modify button, followed by Show all locations.

3. Scroll through the tree-view and uncheck all options except the Start Menu. Hit OK.

You can also change other indexing options, like the file types to index, by clicking on the Advanced button.

NOTE: It is recommended that you disable indexing for the other locations other than the Start Menu for maximum performance. Bear in mind that while this tweak speeds up your overall system performance, it will also slow you down when searching for files in those locations.

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Sorry Billy your thumb also evaporates....

by OldER Mycroft In reply to What about this?....

There isn't an option for information - the boxes are empty. This is Vista Premium and the boxes are empty.

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Any chance the auto-defragmenting schedule is the problem?

by Absolutely In reply to Sorry Billy your thumb al ...

If you're diagnosing "indexing" as the problem based only on hard drive noise, defragmenting could be the problem. I found the above while looking for information on "file indexing", on Interesting issue, anyway.

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Indian Giver

by CaptBilly1Eye In reply to Sorry Billy your thumb al ...

...just 'cause it didn't totally resolve the issue doesn't mean it wasn't 'helpful.' :^0

Try this article:

or this one:

<edited because I later noticed that Absolutely already provided the second link>

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And, he didn't mark any other answers as helpful.

by Absolutely In reply to Indian Giver

Is his issue unresolved, then?

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Evidently unresolved

by CaptBilly1Eye In reply to And, he didn't mark any o ...

He sent me a note saying the links didn't help either.
I gots no clues.

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Like this:

by Absolutely In reply to How do you disable Vista' ...

7th untitled:

"How do I remove a location I rarely use from the index?


Open Indexing and Search Options by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Maintenance, and then clicking Indexing Options.

Click Modify.

To remove a location, clear its check box in the Change selected locations list, and then click OK."

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