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Windows Search

 

General Information

None at this time.

Windows 8

Default Description

Provides content indexing, property caching, and search results for files, e-mail, and other content.

Additional Information

This service is not installed by default. 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

I have always had the Indexing Service as well as <strong >Windows Search disabled on all of my systems. Searching for a file does not take “that” long to justify always having this service taking up resources. If, however, you do many file searches, you could benefit from keeping this default service on Automatic. You decide.

If, however, you decide to completely uninstall Windows Search, you will not be able to use the search feature at all (located in the upper right hand corner of the Explorer window). As such, disabling the service would be advisable over complete uninstall.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0
Windows 8 x86 Automatic (Delayed Start, Started)
Windows 8 x64 Automatic (Delayed Start, Started)
Windows 8 Pro x86 Automatic (Delayed Start, Started)
Windows 8 Pro x64 Automatic (Delayed Start, Started)
Windows 8 Enterprise x86 Automatic (Delayed Start, Started)
Windows 8 Enterprise x64 Automatic (Delayed Start, Started)

Service Names

Service Name (registry): WSearch
Display Name: Windows Search

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\Windows\system32\SearchIndexer.exe /Embedding

Log On As

Account: Local System account

Dependencies

Note: No dependencies are listed for any service in the WDP build I used to draft this information.

Windows 7

Default Description

Provides content indexing, property caching, and search results for files, e-mail, and other content.

Additional Information

I have always had the Indexing Service as well as <strong >Windows Search disabled on all of my systems. Searching for a file does not take “that” long to justify always having this service taking up resources. If, however, you do many file searches, you could benefit from keeping this default service on Automatic. You decide.

If, however, you decide to completely uninstall Windows Search, you will not be able to use the search feature at all (located in the upper right hand corner of the Explorer window). As such, disabling the service would be advisable over complete uninstall.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1
Windows 7 Starter Automatic (Delayed Start, Started) Automatic (Delayed Start, Started)
Windows 7 Home Basic Automatic (Delayed Start, Started) Automatic (Delayed Start, Started)
Windows 7 Home Premium Automatic (Delayed Start, Started) Automatic (Delayed Start, Started)
Windows 7 Professional Automatic (Delayed Start, Started) Automatic (Delayed Start, Started)
Windows 7 Ultimate Automatic (Delayed Start, Started) Automatic (Delayed Start, Started)
Windows 7 Enterprise Automatic (Delayed Start, Started) Automatic (Delayed Start, Started)

Service Names

Service Name (registry): WSearch
Display Name: Windows Search

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\Windows\system32\SearchIndexer.exe /Embedding

Log On As

Account: Local System account

Dependencies

What service Windows Search needs to function properly:

What other service require Windows Search to function properly:

  • None (S, HB, HP, P, U, E)

Windows Vista

Default Description

Provides content indexing and property caching for file, email and other content (via extensibility APIs). The service responds to file and email notifications to index modified content. If the service is stopped or disabled, the Explorer will not be able to display virtual folder views of items, and search in the Explorer will fall back to item-by-item slow search.

Additional Information

I have always had the Indexing Service as well as <strong >Windows Search disabled on all of my systems. Searching for a file does not take “that” long to justify always having this service taking up resources. If, however, you do many file searches, you could benefit from keeping this default service on Automatic. You decide.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1 SP2
Vista Home Basic Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Vista Home Premium Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Vista Business Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Vista Ultimate Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Vista Enterprise Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)

Service Names

Service Name (registry): WSearch
Display Name: Windows Search

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\Windows\system32\SearchIndexer.exe /Embedding

Log On As

Account: Local System Account

Dependencies

What service Windows Search needs to function properly:

What other service require Windows Search to function properly:

  • None (HB, HP, B, U)

Additional Reading

None at this time.