Turn off indexing to speed up Windows XP

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If you don’t happen to use Window’s XP’s search function on a daily basis, disabling indexing can speed up your PC significantly.  Here’s how:

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By default, Windows XP indexes all the files on your hard drive and stores them in memory, all to speed up it’s built-in search.  However, if you don’t use that search very often, turning off indexing can free up memory and CPU power for things you actually do need it for.

Here’s how to turn off Indexing

To turn off indexing:

  1. Right-click on your hard drive (usually “C:”) and choose “Properties.”
  2. Uncheck the box at the bottom that reads “Allow Indexing Service to…”
  3. Click OK, and files will be removed from memory. This removal may take several minutes to complete.

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.”

You can still use Windows search if you turn off and disable indexing, but it will work more slowly that before.

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