How To: Disable the Indexing Service in Windows XP
At first you need to know what is windows indexing service? Windows search indexing service scans through files and folders on the Windows XP system and records information about them in index files in order to speed out the searching speed.While Windows XP’s heart is in the right place, this sounds better than it is in practice. The Indexing service in Windows XP is more effective in its ability to slow down your computer than its ability to speed file searches.If you rarely use Windows search feature in Windows XP, turn off indexing to free up memory and CPU horsepower for the files and applications you actually do use.Thus by this setting,you can improve the Windows XP Performance.
Here’s how to disable the Indexing service in Windows XP:
- Click Start and click the Run command.
- In the Open text box, type services.msc and click OK.
- In the right pane of the Services console, find the Indexing Service. A quick way to get there is to click on the first entry in the right pane and then press the “I” key on the keyboard.
- Double click on the Indexing Service entry.
- In the Indexing Service Properties dialog box, click the down arrow in the Start type drop down list box and select Manual.
- If the service is started, you can stop it now by clicking the Stop button.
To turn off indexing for a specific disk drive in Windows XP:
- Open up “My Computer”. Or open “Windows Explorer” and then expand Computer tree.
- Right click on the hard drive to disable indexing (i.e (C:) drive letter).
- Select Properties on the contextual menu.
- Click on General tab if it’s not already selected.
- Un-check he check box for Allow Indexing Service to index this disk for fast file searching option.
- Click OK, and wait for the index removal process to complete, which may take a few minutes.
- Repeat the steps for other hard drives if applicable.
You don’t need to restart the computer. The next time the computer starts, the Indexing service will not run automatically.