How To Speed Up Windows By Disabling Indexing

Windows has some resource hogging applications that run in the background that could be the reason for applications to start slower or run slower or folders opening slowly, one such background application is the Indexing Service of Windows that indexes contents and properties of files on local and remote computers.


Here’s how you can disable Indexing in Windows XP and Vista.

Windows XP.

  • Go to Control Panel –> Administrative Tools –> Services (or) Start –> Run Type –> “services.msc”
  • Double Click on Indexing Service and set Startup Type To “ DISABLED”.

Under Windows Vista.

  • Open My Computer
  • Right Click on “ C Drive ” and select Properties
  • Under General Tab Deselect “ Index the drive for faster searching ”
  • In the popup make the choice of either C or All files and folders in C drive.
  • The same steps can be applied to all drives under Windows Vista.


Similar steps can also be followed in Windows XP and 7 also.

In Windows 7, the service is called Windows Search.

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