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Published on 01.21.09 by Brent Trahan

Turn On Windows Search’s Index

Learn how to turn on Windows 7’s search index.

Windows 7’s search index is used to keep track of everything the Windows search engine finds when it scans your computer’s files so that search results can be quickly shown to you when you search.

Turn On Windows Search’s Index

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


    Note: If Folder Options isn’t available, change View by to Large icons at the top right of the Control Panel.

  3. Select the Search tab in the Folder Options window.


  4. Uncheck Don’t use the index when searching the file system and then click OK.


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4 Responses to “Turn On Windows Search’s Index”

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  1. Phil says:

    Windows 7 Indexing

    I cannot get the index to build. I have tried all the advance/modyfy options

    I am familiar with Vista. I should have ave about 200,000 files indexed. Now after rebuilding the Index I only have a few .

    I cant find any of my files

  2. jarze says:

    Hey! That’s actually ‘Don’t use the index when searching in file folders for system files’.
    Meaning, that selection is for SYSTEM FILES as it reads there.
    I was looking the opposite than this article, i.e. turning off the indexing. But I think this ain’t it. I could be wrong though.

  3. Rajkumar says:

    Hi Brent,
    This is rajkumar i exactly did what oyu told and i still face this problem. Whenever i use the search menu it tells that the index search is off and i have restarted my sys many times but still problem pls help

  4. Andy says:

    There should be some information regarding turning on the Windows Search service.

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