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How to Disable File Indexing in Windows 8

How to Disable File Indexing in Windows 8

Jul 12, 2012

“I’ve never been much of a fan of the search indexing feature in Windows. I organize my files myself and never have trouble finding what I need, and I really don’t want the extra hard drive activity to decrease the life of my SSD. How can I disable file indexing in Windows 8?”

File indexing can greatly increase the speed at which your Windows 8-based computer can find files, programs and other content when you search. However, if you organize your computer manually and rarely search for items, then you may have little need for this feature and might like to prevent your hard drive from randomly becoming active while you use your computer. You might also want to disable file indexing if your computer has a solid-state drive, as you’ll be able to find files nearly instantly either way. Disable indexing in Windows 8 with these steps.

Windows 8 Disable File Indexing Search

  1. Press the Windows Logo and R keys to display a Run dialog.
  2. Type services.msc in the dialog box and press Enter. Windows 8 displays a list of all built-in services.
  3. Double-click the Windows Search service. You should now see a window like the one on the right side of this page.
  4. Click the Stop button to disable file indexing immediately.
  5. Select Disabled on the Startup type drop-down menu to prevent Windows 8 from starting the file indexing service the next time you reboot.
  6. Click OK.
Note: although you can still use the Search feature to find content on your computer after disabling file indexing, Windows 8 may be unable to find any files that you created after disabling the Windows Search service. If you still prefer to use your computer with file indexing disabled, consider enabling the service overnight occasionally to give your computer a chance to find and index new files.
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