In this article, we will see how to disable the Search Indexing feature in Windows 10. It can be useful, if you have a fast SSD drive. Search results will always be up to date, because the OS won't use the search index database. Here is how it can be done.
As you may already know, search results in Windows are instant because they are powered by the Windows Search indexer. It is not new to Windows 10, but Windows 10 uses the same indexer-powered search like its predecessors although it uses a different algorithm and a different database. It runs as a service that indexes file names, contents and properties of file system items and stores them in a special database. There is a designated list of indexed locations in Windows, plus Libraries which are always indexed. So, instead of performing a real-time search through files on the file system, the search performs a query to the internal database, which allows showing results immediately.
If this index becomes corrupted, Search doesn't work properly. In our previous article, we reviewed how to reset the search index in case of corruption. See the article:
You can create a special shortcut to open Indexing Options with one click in Windows 10.
If you disable Search Indexing as described below, this will disable the prompt to turn search indexing on for faster results. Turning off this feature will free up system resources which the OS is using to build and maintain the index.
To disable Search Indexing in Windows 10, do the following.
- Press Win + X shortcut keys on the keyboard to open the Power user menu. Alternatively, you can right-click on the Start menu. In the menu, select the item Computer Management.
- The Computer Management utility will be opened. On the left, expand the tree view to Services and Applications\Services.
- On the right, you will see the list of installed services. Find the service named "Windows Search".
- Double-click the Windows Search row to open the service properties dialog. If the service has the status "Running", click on the Stop button, and wait until its status shows as Stopped.
- Now, change the startup type from Automatic (Delayed Start) to Disabled using the drop down list.
- Click Apply and OK and you are done.
If you prefer the command prompt method described in the article How to Disable A Service in Windows 10, do the following.
Disable Search Indexing in Windows 10 using Command Prompt
- Open an elevated command prompt.
- Type the following commands:
sc stop "WSearch" sc config "WSearch" start= disabled
The first command will stop the service. The second command will disable it.
Note: It is very important to add a space after "=" and not before it.