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How to Reduce the Microsoft Windows Search Indexer High CPU Usage


Let's talk about a common headache many of us have faced – the notorious Microsoft Windows Search Indexer causing our CPU usage to skyrocket. It's like your computer is having a workout without your permission! Fear not, because we're diving into some simple tricks to cool down that CPU and make your system run smoother than ever.

Tame the Indexing Beast

  1. Head to your Start menu and type "Indexing Options." Click on it.
  2. In the Indexing Options window, hit "Modify."
  3. Uncheck unnecessary locations. Do you really need your entire game folder indexed? Probably not. Be selective.

Schedule Indexing Wisely

  1. Click on "Advanced" in the Indexing Options.
  2. Go to the "Index Settings" tab.
  3. Set the indexing schedule to a time when you're not using your computer intensively. Night owls, this is your moment!

Exclude Unwanted File Types

Not all files need to be part of the indexing party. Exclude specific file types to reduce the workload. In Indexing Options, hit "Advanced," go to the "File Types" tab, and customize to your heart's content.

Control Search Index Size

  1. Open the Control Panel and go to "Indexing Options."
  2. Click on "Advanced" and go to the "Index Settings" tab.
  3. Limit the size of the index. Too much indexing can indeed be a bad thing.

Pause Indexing Temporarily

Sometimes, you just need a break. Go to Services (you can find it in the Start menu), find "Windows Search," right-click, and choose "Stop." Remember to restart it later when you're ready for the search action again.

Optimize Windows Search Service

  1. Press Win + R, type "services.msc," and hit Enter.
  2. Locate "Windows Search" in the list, right-click, and go to "Properties."
  3. Set the startup type to "Automatic (Delayed Start)." Give your system a breather before the search kicks in.

Keep Windows Updated

Updates often include fixes for performance issues. Make sure your Windows is up to date. Nobody likes outdated software!

Consider Third-Party Alternatives

If all else fails, explore third-party search tools like Everything or Agent Ransack. Sometimes a fresh perspective is all you need.

There you have it – a laid-back guide to reclaiming control over your CPU from the Windows Search Indexer. Give these tips a spin, and let me know how your CPU is feeling afterward.

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Posted: 2024-01-12
By: dwirch
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