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Turning Off Indexing Speeds Up Windows XP
Posted By: Byron Hinson
Last Updated: September 4th 2003
Tip Difficulty Level: Intermediate

For those of you that don't know. The event viewer in Windows XP maintains logs about program, security, and system events on your computer.

How This Tip Works

As some of you will already know, Windows XP keeps a record of all files on the hard disk to try and improve searching speed. The only downside to all of this is that your PC will have to be indexing all of the files, so if you don't use search very much you can disable this feature:

  • Open my computer
  • Right click on one of your hard drive icons and then select properties.
  • At the bottom of the window you should see "Allow indexing service to index this disk for faster searches," uncheck this and click then click on ok.
  • A new window will pop up and select apply to all folders and subfolders. Once complete, it takes a few more minutes to make sure that indexing is now switch off.

 

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