Windows Desktop Search (WDS) and Windows Live

Indexing files (crawl and gather *.crwl *.gathr) files are located in a user's profile, C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Desktop Search\Applications\RSApp. Caching and creation of these files are directly proportionate to how much data is asked for to be indexed (H: , S: drives, Outlook Inbox, Public folders etc). Given the size of a normal desktop drive these days, storing of these files on the hard drives should not be a problem. (Alan has about 5.4 GB of these cached on the machine) CPU consumption is not an issue either, because this is launched as a "low priority process", so task manager may show this as taking 95% CPU, but as soon as another process or application requests CPU time, it is granted to it. Network usage initially would be high at the time of indexing but once this initial indexing is complete, desktop search only looks for "differences" on the indexed files and any new ones, network traffic due to this is minimal. For example, if you chose to index your H: drive, the initial network usage would be the same as for copying your H: drive to your workstation. Here are a few supporting articles: Windows Desktop Search - FAQ: General info regarding Windows Desktop Search: Windows Desktop Searching, overview and customizing search filters: Windows Desktop Search (WDS) Administration Guide Customizing WDS by using Group Policy [url][/url]