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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by fpress, Sep 27, 2008.

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  1. fpress

    fpress Thread Starter

    Sep 27, 2008
    Everytime I start (XP) I get the captioned message and when I try to do a search the pane comes up empty.
  2. redoak

    redoak Gone but never forgotten

    Jun 24, 2004
    Perhaps disabling the "Indexer," at least temporarily, would solve the problem. Below are instructions recently posted here at TSG that I saved. I disabled and have seen no change in the speed with which a search is made.


    Stopping "Indexing" in "XP"- TSG

    Turn off indexing and speed up Windows XP

    If you don't use Windows XP's built-in search often (like every day), disabling indexing can
    significantly speed up your PC.

    By default Windows XP indexes files on your hard drive and stores them in memory to speed up
    its' built-in search. But if you rarely use Windows search, turn off indexing to free up memory and
    CPU horsepower for the files and applications you actually do use. A few simple how-to steps
    after the jump.

    To turn off indexing:

    1. Open up "My Computer."
    2. Right-click on your hard drive (usually "C:") and choose "Properties."
    3. Uncheck the box at the bottom that reads "Allow Indexing Service to..."
    4. Click OK, and files will be removed from memory. This removal may take a few minutes to

    To disable the indexing service:

    1. In the "Start" menu, choose "Run."
    2. Type "services.msc" and press Enter.
    3. Scroll-down to "Indexing Service" and double-click it.
    4. If the service status is "Running", then stop it by pressing the "Stop" button.
    5. To make sure this service doesn't run again, under "Startup Type:", choose "Disabled."

    Windows search will still work if you perform these steps, but it will work more slowly than if
    indexing was enabled.
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