Disabling Windows® Desktop Search
Read on to know about Windows desktop search and how it can be disabled.
Windows Desktop Search is a software application used to locate a file or folders that have been disappeared from hard drive. It is also known as Windows search. This software may be sometimes installed within the system or is available independently. It can be downloaded from genuine websites. The user-configured software programs in it indexes and searches your files.
Windows desktop Search is embedded with advanced features to perform certain operations. The Windows Desktop search is a multilingual user interface pack. WDS is available in different versions like Windows Desktop search 3.1, Windows Desktop search 4.0 and more. It supports several group policies like to prevent indexing when the system runs on battery power in order to conserve energy, prevents customized index locations that are in Control Panel and much more.
Given below are the points to highlight on Windows desktop search and different techniques or methods to disable Windows desktop search:
- Need to disable Windows desktop search
- Disabling with Command prompt
- Disabling with Control Panel
Need to disable Windows desktop search
Users may require disabling Windows Desktop Search due to several reasons. This may be required when this software program affects system resources. The removal or uninstalling of this software program is very difficult and time consuming so user need to disable this option. It may also be required when the user receives unauthorized updates, when it decreases the system ability to perform the necessary tasks and also when disk trashing takes place.
Disabling with Command prompt
There are different methods to disable the Windows Desktop search option. One method is with Command prompt. With the command prompt users can enable and disable any process in the system. This procedure allows users to temporarily stop the Windows Search service. This is only possible until the next reboot process of the machine. For this, users are recommended to press Ctrl+R button to open the command prompt type 'Net stop search' into it. This may disable the WDS.
Another option to disable Windows Desktop Search option is to disable it with Control Panel. For this click the start button and then from Settings select 'Control Panel'.
Open 'Administrative Tools' and click on the services. Click on 'Windows Search' and right click the icon and select the 'Properties'. Then select the 'Disabled' menu to disable Windows Desktop search. If it is running, a prompt may appear and you may have to click on the 'stop' button on the Services Status section that appears. Click 'Apply' and Windows Desktop Search may get disabled.
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