Windows® Indexing Service Fails
What are the causes, and their solutions to fix issues related to failure of Windows Indexing Service?
Indexing is a service in Windows Operating Systems that allows the users to search on PCs and corporate networks of PCs. It also maintains an index of most of the files on a computer and updates them without user intervention. It provides you with the ability to perform advance searches on directories located on your computer and on shared directories on the network. It creates an organized index that makes it quick and easy to search. It also records the properties of file like creation date, last modified, etc.
Following are the causes, and their solutions to fix issues related to failure of Windows Indexing Service:
- Tips to fix
Windows not indexing is a problem which is commonly reported and generally affects some specific category of files. For example, Windows not indexing PDF files will cause negative effects. That is, file may not be updated or open correctly. Some portions of the file may go missing and system may freeze while selecting the file.
The absence or wrong version of iFilter is detected as the main cause in certain cases. It may delay the work operations as the system may freeze frequently on opening files. The files do not get change even though the changes are made in the Operating System. Error messages also come up while working on these files.
It is advisable to check the version of iFilter and ensure its compatibility with the PC. It is highly recommended that add the correct iFilter version as and when necessary. The damages in registry should be avoided and cleaned if corrupted files exists. Indexing also improves the system performance by reducing the disk space consumed by shared directories.
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