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Searchindexer.exe ate 100% of processor, left 2% HDD space free


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#1 DnDer

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Posted 08 September 2009 - 04:12 PM

XP Pro, SP3

I've turned off the service, to make it stop eating the processor power. I turned the service to manual, just to make 100% sure it won't turn back on again.

But, does anyone know where, offhand, all these files have been indexed and stored, so I can get rid of them? My googling told me how to disable it, but no one mentioned similar problems with disk space.

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Posted 08 September 2009 - 04:35 PM

Uninstall Windows Search 4.0, using Add/Remove Programs.

Windows Search 4.0 was developed for Vista and is the native install there (which is why you will see Vista users with complaints/problems re searchindexer.exe).

Since this is not a native XP application, this searchindexer.exe only appears if the user has installed Windows Search 4.0 on the system.

The program is not necessary or particularly useful for XP users, IMO.

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Posted 08 September 2009 - 04:42 PM

And how do I reclaim that hard drive space? It's not enough left to defrag, says the computer.




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