Windows – force full speed to the indexing service of Windows

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On windows 7 there's 'pause' and there's 'indexing speed is reduced due to user activity' but what if one wants full speed during desktop activity?

Best Answer

There is a setting in the group policy for the computer, so you don't have to manually edit the registry.

  • Open run dialog: Win+R
  • Type "gpedit.msc" and select OK
  • Browse to Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Search
  • Select "Disable indexer backoff", and set it to Enabled.

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This setting will not take effect until the service is restarted. The easiest way is to just reboot your computer, but you can do it live

  • Open run dialog: Win+R
  • Type "services.msc" and select OK
  • Scroll to "Windows Search"
  • Right click and select "Restart"

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