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Speed up Windows – Turn Off Indexing

Speed up Windows, turn off indexing

Speed up Windows, turn off indexing

A good way to speed up Windows XP is to turn off the indexing service. The indexing service goes through the files in your hard drive to speed up Windows XP‘s search utility. Most people don’t use this “feature”.

Turning off the indexing service actually speeds up your computer. This is because your computer is no longer using memory and CPU horsepower to build the indexing database.

To turn off indexing do the following:

1. Open My Computer.

2. Right-click on your hard drive (Typically C ) and click Properties.

3. Uncheck the box at the bottom titled “Allow Indexing Service to index this  disk..”

4. A dialog box will open titled Confirm Attribute changes

5.  Check the button labeled “Apply Changes to C:\, subfolders and files”

6. Click OK. This will take a few minutes to complete.

Here is an image of what you want to click in step 3 above:

Speed up Windows XP Turn off Indexing

Speed up Windows XP Turn off Indexing

Next you need to stop the indexing service. To do this, do the following:

1. in the Start menu, click Run

2. Type “services.msc” and press Enter.

3. Scroll down to “Indexing Service” and double click it.

4. Stop the service by clicking the Stop button.

5. Under “Startup Type” select “Disabled”

The Windows search feature will still work, but it will take just a little longer than when indexing was enabled, however the overall performance of your computer will be faster.

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