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Old 12-18-2005, 04:29 PM   #1
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I have been told that disabling the indexing service can improve performance.Is there really a significant difference?and if so why is the default setting always set to allow indexing for fast file searching?

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It depends on how often you use XP's search feature. If you rarely or never use it, indexing is a waste. My problem is you have no control on when it decides to index.

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Turning of indexing can also shorten boot time slightly. I have mine turned off and haven't noticed a big differance in the search time.
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I highly recommend disabling it totally. It's a big time waster, and does little for your searches, except in very specific cases. Do you really want to search your whole drive all that often?
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Old 12-19-2005, 11:02 AM   #5
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When i tried disable indexing on my c drive i got this error message:

An error occured applying attributes to the file:C:\WINDOWS\MEMORY.DMP
access is denied.There were even more of the messages when enabling.

When enabling or disabling this option should i select the "ignore all" option when the errors appear?
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Just ignore them. If you disable the indexing service in Services, it won't matter what the folder settings are anyway.

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