Mar 122008

The ‘Indexing’ feature is used to increase the speed of file searches within XP by creating and updating an index of all files on your system. Unfortunately, it also reduces the performance of your system, since it is constantly working in the background. The Indexing service uses the Cidaemon.exe process to index files. The Cidaemon.exe process builds and updates the Index catalog. Additionally, the Cidaemon.exe process typically uses lots of pagefile space and lots of CPU time.

Turn Off Windows Indexing Service in XP follow this procedure

Go to Control Panel\Add/Remove Programs\ click on Add/Remove Windows Components from left side. Then uncheck ‘Indexing Service.’

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  3 Responses to “How to Turn Off Windows Indexing Service in XP”

  1. Thanks alot great tip

  2. What if your computer came with XP loaded and the only disk you have is the Recovery Disk?

  3. Turn off indexing and speed up Windows XP
    If you don’t use Windows XP’s built-in search often (like every day), disabling indexing can significantly speed up your PC.

    By default Windows XP indexes files on your hard drive and stores them in memory to speed up its’ built-in search. But if you rarely use Windows search, turn off indexing to free up memory and CPU horsepower for the files and applications you actually do use. A few simple how-to steps after the jump.

    To turn off indexing:

    Open up “My Computer.”
    Right-click on your hard drive (usually “C:”) and choose “Properties.”
    Uncheck the box at the bottom that reads “Allow Indexing Service to…”
    Click OK, and files will be removed from memory. This removal may take a few minutes to complete.
    To disable the indexing service:

    In the “Start” menu, choose “Run.”
    Type “services.msc” and press Enter.
    Scroll-down to “Indexing Service” and double-click it.
    If the service status is “Running”, then stop it by pressing the “Stop” button.
    To make sure this service doesn’t run again, under “Startup Type:”, choose “Disabled.”
    Windows search will still work if you perform these steps, but it will work more slowly than if indexing was enabled.

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