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How To Turn Indexing Off For An Instant XP Boost

By Jerry Bair

Has your XP computer been running sluggish lately? Is your Indexing Service enabled and running? Should you have answered yes to both of those questions, then you may want to turn indexing off for an immediate boost in performance. In case you’re wondering, the Windows Indexing Service is responsible for indexing the properties and even contents of files on your hard disk drive, as well as any shared drives on your network. It allows for swift access to files on both local and remote machines. To simplify those terms, imagine being able to track every file in your filing cabinet and pull it up exactly when you need it. The service, as you can imagine, can be convenient, but in return, it’s very intensive. This process was actually intended to run nonstop, which can significantly degrade your PC’s performance.

If you very rarely use this service or say, you do not always utilize file searching, then you can safely turn this feature off and just turn it on when you need it. Once you do, you will notice an improvement in your PC’s performance as your CPU will be freed up and you’ll have more RAM available for the programs and files that you use regularly.

Here’s how you can turn off the Windows Indexing Service on a per-drive basis:

1. Click on the Start button

2. Go to My Computer and click on it

Note: If you happen to have a My Computer shortcut on your Desktop, you can just click on it there

3. Choose the drive you want to prevent from indexing and then right-click on it

4. Click Properties

5. Uncheck the “Allow Indexing Service to index this disk for fast file searching” box at the bottom of the General tab

6. Click Apply

7. Click on the OK button

Note: The content of your chosen drive will then be eliminated from the memory. The elimination process may take some time to finish.

To disable the Indexing Service, here’s what you should do:

1. Click Start –> Run

2. Type in services.msc

3. Then, click OK

4. In the Services window that will appear, scroll down and look for the Indexing Service, then use your mouse to double-click on it

5. When the Indexing Services Properties pop-up window appears, check the state. If it is in the Running state, click the Stop button.

6. Next, disable it by selecting “Disabled” in the startup type drop down menu list

7. Click the Apply button

8. Then click OK

9. Click File, then Exit in the Services window to close it out.

You can still use Windows search even if you turn indexing off. However, your searches will be quite a bit slower.

You can just use these simple steps to turn it back on:

1. Click the Start button

2. Go to My Computer and click on it

3. Choose the drive you’d like to start indexing and then right-click on it

4. Click on Properties

5. Check the “Allow Indexing Service to index this disk for fast file searching” at the bottom of the General tab

6. Click Apply

7. Then, click on the OK button.

To re-enable the Indexing Service, just follow these steps:

1. Go ahead and click on Start –> Run

2. Type in services.msc

3. Click OK

4. Scroll down and look for the Indexing Service then double-click on it

5. Select Automatic or Manual in the Startup type drop-down menu list.

6. Click on Apply

7. Click the Start button

8. Then click on the OK button

9. Close out the Services window.

See how effortless it is to turn indexing off? Piece of cake!

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