The Windows 7 search index application
continuously searches your hard drive for new added
files and creates and index. The index is used to
rapidly search your system when you type a file name
into the Windows Start button search box.
While the search facility is a handy tool it does
have an impact on your system's performance.
If you are not particularly bothered that
searching your system for a file is not as
instantaneous as you would have wanted, then you can
help increase performance of your system by
disabling the Windows search index.
To do that proceed as follows:
- Click the Start button.
- In the Start menu search box type:
services.msc and press Enter.
- A list of Services will now appear.
- Look down the list of services until you
come across Windows Search.
Fig: 36-1 Scroll down the
list of Windows Services until you come to
- Right click on the Windows Search option and
then, from the drop down menu, select
Fig: 36-2 Set the Startup
type to disabled
- In the Windows Search Properties window,
click the down arrow to the right of the Startup
Type and, from the drop down menu, select
- Next click the Ok button. Close the
Services window and then Re-boot your PC for the
changes to take effect.