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      • #1949674 Reply
        AskWoody Plus

        Over labor day weekend I assembled a new build, installed win 10 Pro and it went smoothly.

        I’ve tried to keep up on win 10 before actually installing it, but reading about it and actually dealing with all the settings in new locations , well let’s just say it’s different. I see some things i”m not to fond of and others that i like. I’m still getting used to it and have a question about turning indexing off or leaving it on. I thought i’d read somewhere to turn indexing off.

        Can someone set me which setting to choose and why?

        Thanks – rob

        Win 10 Pro v.1903

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      • #1949731 Reply
        AskWoody MVP

        If you want/need to use Windows Search effectively you need indexing on. You should configure what gets indexed.


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      • #1949730 Reply

        I prefer indexing on because I search for content often. Many prefer it off for performance.

        Turn Off Indexing in Windows for Better Performance

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      • #1949737 Reply
        AskWoody MVP

        I know where my files are, don’t need or use search.
        I’ve switched indexing off on all my systems only due to the fact that the OSes are on SSD’s. Same goes for unecessary system logging.

        | Win8.1 Pro x64 | Linux Hybrids x86/x64 | Win7 Pro x86/x64 Offline |
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        AskWoody Lounger

        It all really depends on how you’d use the system. For ease of use, the automatic search function can be very nice, but it does consume a noticeable amount of resources.

        … then for advanced cases there’s the third and fourth option.

        Option three is to make the system turn indexing on and off automatically, such as in a scheduled job or something.

        Option four is to turn the default Windows search off and use an alternative searching/indexing tool…

      • #1950582 Reply
        AskWoody Plus

        Thanks everyone for your suggestions…I now have the info i needed.

        Win 10 Pro v.1903

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