Win XP Indexing

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by MikeBCda, Jan 18, 2005.

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  1. MikeBCda

    MikeBCda Registered Member

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    Hi all,

    The question of possibly disabling indexing to increase security was raised a while back in some forum here, but a search under "indexing" left me stumped. I did find one totally unrelated advantage of turning off indexing, though.

    When I unticked "Permit indexing" (two different places), I found that shutdown of my XP Home system is much faster now. I have to assume that part of a "standard" shutdown includes a last-minute update of the indexes.

    And no ill effects so far -- anytime I'm doing a search, it's strictly by filename (with or without wildcards), and that's as good as it ever was. I never searched by content, and as I understand it that's the main area where indexing helps.

    Oddly, Chkdsk still does verify index integrity as part of its routine, and that's still the longest part of a Chkdsk file-check run.

    If someone happens to remember where that other thread was, about indexing, they're welcome to add a link to this one, or even quote this one there.

    Best to all,
    Mike
     
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    Prushka Registered Member

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    My 1st post here greetings

    Just been reshuffling services around again to see what I can live without.
    I have indexing service disabled. I usually search on key words or if I think I've been hit with a nasty, I'll do a time search on that day, when modified...to see if anything unfriendly has been created...with folder view 'when modified' to line everything up sequencially. Search is slowed a bit with indexing disabled, but not badly.
    You may have seen these to service suggestion sites...I've found them helpful.
    http://www.ss64.com/ntsyntax/services.html
    http://www.overclockersclub.com/guides/windows_xp_services.php
     
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