Windows Search allows file searching on your PC much quicker, but if you find things slowing down when Windows indexes files or if Search doesn’t work as assumed, there are a few steps that you can take. In this article, we will guide you through the whole procedure to speed up, disable or rebuild the search index for Windows 10.

Speed up, disable or rebuild the search index for Windows 10

To speed up, disable or rebuild the search index for Windows 10, follow this procedure step by step.

Click the Search button. Type Indexing in the search bar and choose the Indexing Options as the following image is showing.

As soon as you click the Indexing Options, the following screen will appear.

Click the Modify button as highlighted in the above image. As soon as you click the Modify button, the following dialogue box will appear.

Now pick the folder you want to include in the index using the Indexing Locations option as highlighted in the above image.

Now click the Search button. Type Services in the search bar and choose the Services option as the following image is showing.

As soon as you click the Services option, the following screen will appear.

Find out Windows Search option and double click on it as highlighted in the above image. As soon as you click the Windows Search option, the following dialogue box will appear.

Choose Disabled option for Startup type option. It means that the next time you start your computer, Windows Search will not load. Then click the Stop button to stop the Windows service. When service will be stopped, then click the OK button as highlighted in the above image. Now Windows Search is disabled.

Again open the Indexing Options window. Click the Advanced button as the following image is showing.

As soon as you click the Advanced button, the following dialogue box will appear.

Now click the Rebuild button from the dialogue box as highlighted in the above image. Afterwards, it’s just a case of waiting as Windows rebuilds the index from scratch.

Conclusion

By following this procedure, you will be able to speed up, disable or rebuild the Search Index for Windows 10.

How to speed up, disable or rebuild the Search Index for Windows 10
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Karim Buzdar

About the Author: Karim Buzdar holds a degree in telecommunication engineering and holds several sysadmin certifications. As an IT engineer and technical author, he writes for various web sites. He blogs at LinuxWays.

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