Thursday, January 13, 2011

Disable File Indexing in Windows XP

One of Windows XP useful features is the file indexing service. This extracts information from documents and other files on your hard drive and creates a "searchable keyword index", which is used to make searching for files more efficient.

Follow the steps below to disbale file indexing:

1. Double click on My Computer--> located on the Desktop.

2. Right click on the C: drive.

3. Select Properties. You should see a window that resembles as below,




4. Uncheck the box next to Allow Indexing Service to index this disk for fast file searching. A window will pop up asking where to apply the changes.


5. Select the bullet next to Apply changes to C:\, subfolders and files, and press OK.

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