How to disable the Windows Search service in File Explorer and stop the search index

By | October 30, 2017

You can use the search tool to find what you need in a large number of files. Indexing allows you to perform searches quickly. But, it is an unnecessary tool for users who do not use any search tools at all.

Here shows how to Invalidate Windows Search index. Note that this search function is used by the index information service, but if you disable it, it may also affect other tools on Windows10.

Of course, users who are using file search frequently are still OK.

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To disable Windows Search

To disable it, start “service” which is one of Windows management tools.

Getting started from the control panel

▼ As below, press Windows + R key to open Run, and enter 1control or C:\Windows\System32\control.exe in the text box. Click 2OKbutton.

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▼ Specify View by: Large(Small) icons, and then click 1Administrative Tools“.

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▼ In the “Administrative Tools” window, double-click 1Services“.

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Getting started from Run

▼ As shown below, Press Windows + Rkey and open Run. Enter 1services.msc in the text field, and click 2OK button.

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Windows Search

▼ Windows Search is a function that indexes and searches files or E-mail data such as Outlook, and finds items directly on PC. Right-click on “Windows Search“, and click 1Properties” button. Or double-click it.

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▼ On the General tab, select 1Startup type: Disabled, and click 2OK button.

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The settings are finished. Restart the PC to apply the settings.