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Indexing Service

 

General Information

None at this time.

Windows 7

Default Description

Indexes contents and properties of files on local and remote computers; provides rapid access to files through flexible querying language.

Additional Information

This service is not installed by default and should not be installed on a “home” system as Windows Search has taken over the duties of this service. You can add or remove this service by heading to:

  1. Head to Start
  2. Select Control Panel
  3. Select Programs
  4. Select Programs and Features
  5. Select Turn Windows Features on or off
  6. Check or Uncheck Indexing Service

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1
Windows 7 Starter Not Installed (Automatic, Started) Not Installed (Automatic, Started)
Windows 7 Home Basic Not Installed (Automatic, Started) Not Installed (Automatic, Started)
Windows 7 Home Premium Not Installed (Automatic, Started) Not Installed (Automatic, Started)
Windows 7 Professional Not Installed (Automatic, Started) Not Installed (Automatic, Started)
Windows 7 Ultimate Not Installed (Automatic, Started) Not Installed (Automatic, Started)
Windows 7 Enterprise Not Installed (Automatic, Started) Not Installed (Automatic, Started)

Service Names

Service Name (registry): CISVC
Display Name: Indexing Service

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\Windows\system32\CISVC.EXE

Log On As

Account: Local System account

Dependencies

What service Indexing Service needs to function properly:

What other service require Indexing Service to function properly:

  • None (S, HB, HP, P, U, E)

Windows Vista

Default Description

Indexes contents and properties of files on local and remote computers; provides rapid access to files through flexible querying language.

Additional Information

Not installed by default, but if needed, you may install it later off the Windows Vista CD/DVD under Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features > Turn Windows features on or off > Check “Indexing Service”.

This service is provided only for backward compatibility and its functions are not needed as the Windows Search service performes the same duties.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1 SP2
Vista Home Basic Not Installed (Automatic, Started) Not Installed (Automatic, Started) Not Installed (Automatic, Started)
Vista Home Premium Not Installed (Automatic, Started) Not Installed (Automatic, Started) Not Installed (Automatic, Started)
Vista Business Not Installed (Automatic, Started) Not Installed (Automatic, Started) Not Installed (Automatic, Started)
Vista Ultimate Not Installed (Automatic, Started) Not Installed (Automatic, Started) Not Installed (Automatic, Started)
Vista Enterprise Not Installed (Automatic, Started) Not Installed (Automatic, Started) Not Installed (Automatic, Started)

Service Names

Service Name (registry): CISVC
Display Name: Indexing Service

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\Windows\system32\CISVC.EXE

Log On As

Account: Local System Account

Dependencies

What service Indexing Service needs to function properly:

What other service require Indexing Service to function properly:

  • None (HB, HP, B, U)

Windows XP Pro x64

Default Description

Indexes contents and properties of files on local and remote computers; provides rapid access to files through flexible querying language.

Additional Information

This service always has been a major resource hog. Remove the function via the Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs > Add/Remove Windows Components > Uncheck “Indexing Service”. It uses about 500K to 2MB in an idle state, not to mention the amount of memory and CPU resources it takes to index the drives. I have had people (and witnessed it on other people’s computers) report to me that the Indexing Service sometimes starts up even while the system is not idle… as in the middle of a game. You may feel, as I do, that this is unacceptable. If your computer suddenly seems “sluggish,” Indexing Service is usually the cause of it.

As a side note, I “rarely” actually use the search function of Windows, so if that is an important feature for you, Indexing service will be valuable to you. It, however, for me is useless as I might search for a file name once a week, if that.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1 SP2
XP Pro x64 ? ? Manual

Service Names

Service Name (registry): cisvc
Display Name: Indexing Service

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\WINDOWS\system32\cisvc.exe

Log On As

Account: Local System Account

Dependencies

What service Indexing Service needs to function properly:

  • Remote Procedure Call (RPC)

What other service require Indexing Service to function properly:

  • None

Windows XP

Default Description

Indexes contents and properties of files on local and remote computers; provides rapid access to files through flexible querying language.

Additional Information

This service always has been a major resource hog. I never recommend having this service enabled. Remove the function via the Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs > Add/Remove Windows Components > Uncheck “Indexing Service”. It uses about 500K to 2MB in an idle state, not to mention the amount of memory and CPU resources it takes to index the drives. I have had people (and witnessed it on other people’s computers) report to me that the Indexing Service sometimes starts up even while the system is not idle… as in the middle of a game. You may feel, as I do, that this is unacceptable. If your computer suddenly seems “sluggish,” Indexing Service is usually the cause of it.

As a side note, I “rarely” actually use the search function of Windows, so if that is an important feature for you, Indexing service will be valuable to you. It, however, for me is useless as I might search for a file name once a week, if that.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1 SP2 SP3
XP Home ? ? Manual Automatic (Started)
XP MCE 2005 ? ? Manual Automatic (Started)
XP Pro ? ? Manual Automatic (Started)
XP Tablet PC 2005 ? ? Manual Automatic (Started)

Service Names

Service Name (registry): cisvc
Display Name: Indexing Service

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\WINDOWS\system32\cisvc.exe

Log On As

Account: Local System Account

Dependencies

What service Indexing Service needs to function properly:

What other service require Indexing Service to function properly:

  • None (H, M, P, T)

Additional Reading

None at this time.