Change the Search Index’s Location

Learn how to change Windows 7’s search engine index location.

Move the Search Index

  1. Open the Control Panel from the Start menu.
  2. Open Indexing Options in the Control Panel.


    Note: If Indexing Options is not available, change View by to Large icons at the top right of the Control Panel.

  3. Click the Advanced button in the Indexing Options window.


  4. Click the Select new button in the Index location section of the Advanced Options window.


  5. Browse to the new location of the search index by clicking the folders to expand them and then click OK to save the changes.


  6. Click OK in the Advanced Options window.


  7. Restart the Windows Search Service or just restart your computer.

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  1. Tony says:

    scratch my hair for quite a while and hope it will help someone. The Index Location has to be a NEW folder. If it is a previous indexed folder, it won’t work after you restart the services. Also go to Start /Run and type services.msc and find Windows Search in the popped up windows and restart the service.

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  2. RobAnt says:

    Doesn’t work if you want to index a Novell drive. It only works for local drives, not mapped remote drives. Fine if you keep all your media files locally, but if they’re stored elsewhere you might have problems.

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