Indexing allows you to search for files on your computer faster, but in XP it tends to be a resource hog.
Turn off indexing on particular hard disk drive
- Open up “My Computer” or open “Windows Explorer."
- Right click on the hard drive that you want to disable indexing on.
- Select Properties on menu.
- Click on General tab if it’s not already selected.
- Untick (unselect) the 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.
Disable the Indexing Service in Windows XP
- Open “Control Panel”, select “Administrator Tools”, and open Services applet. Alternatively, type services.msc in the Run text box from Start menu, and then hit Enter.
- Scroll down and locate Indexing Service service, and then double click on it.
- Click on Stop button to immediately stop the indexing service if the service status shows “Running.
- Under the “Startup Type”, select Disabled to permanently disable the indexing service so that it won’t run again.
- Click OK.
Edited by Keith Fawcett, 09 September 2009 - 02:12 PM.