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Published on 02.28.07 by Brent Trahan

Change the Windows Vista Search Index Location

Learn how to change the location of Windows Vista’s search engine index.

Windows Vista’s search engine keeps an index of files for fast advanced searching. If you have a fast spare hard drive and you have a huge search index you can speed up searching a bit by moving the search index to the faster hard drive.

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

Change the Vista Search Index Location

  1. Type index in the search box on the Start Menu.
  2. Click Indexing Options in the search results.
  3. Click Advanced.


  4. Click Select new.


  5. Browse to the new location of the search index using the arrows to the left of the folders.


    Click OK when you’re done.

  6. Restart your computer.

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  1. Vistahater says:

    I´d like to store the index file on usb stick. Why doesn´t Vista show my USB drives ?

    • Hic says:

      Years later… and Windows 7 still doesn’t show any way to set this folder location parameter directly by scripting it judiciously, for example in an autounattend installation…

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