How to disable indexing in Windows 7

How to disable indexing in Windows 7Windows Seven inherited the indexing feature from Windows Vista, which lets you do quick searches for your files, folders, documents, pictures etc. While indexing is a great thing and is hardly noticeable on the faster new machines with lots of RAM and CPU, it can be a resource hog on older machines with less adequate hardware. It can produce a lot of disk thrashing and spike your CPU and Memory utilization when you need it for other purposes. In this article we will show you how you can tweak indexing in Windows Seven to index only the locations you need or to disable it completely. The defaults for Windows Search and Indexing options in Windows Seven catalogs each minute thing, from your Favorites to your downloads and temp files, if you do not keep adding ton of favorites everyday, there is no need to have them indexed every time.

Here is what you need to do to tweak the indexing options or to disable indexing in Windows Seven

1. Click on Start Menu and type Indexing in the search box, from the results shown, double click "Indexing Options"

Click on Start Menu and type Indexing in the search box

2. When Indexing options box comes up, click on the modify button

When Indexing options box comes up, click on the modify button

3. Indexed locations screen comes up, expand the C: drive to see the folders indexed inside C: drive

Indexed locations screen comes up

4. Deselect the locations you don't want indexed, in this example we took off C:\temp, and the Favorites and downloads folder for user Koder

Deselect the locations you dont want indexed

5. In indexing options, your exclusions are now shown. Click close to close indexing options.

In indexing options, your exclusions are now shown.