How do I... Adjust what files are in the search index in Windows Vista?

Increase efficiency and performance

As hard drive capacity and system complexity have grown so has the need for a better way to find your applications and files. To help in this regard, Microsoft Windows Vista has a built-in search capability. Just type in the name of the file you are looking for in the Start Menu search box and the operating system will show you the files that match your input. The key to this search capability is the search index Windows Vista creates and maintains for your particular PC or system. While most users will find the default configuration for how the search index is created adequate, many will want to tweak these settings to increase efficiency and improve performance. Such tweaks can be accomplished using the Indexing Options tool.

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