Boosting Windows Vista Performance – disable search indexing

Speeding up Windows Vista Business EditionI recently bought a new laptop with Windows Vista pre-installed. It is a dell machine and I had to spend around one hour to remove all the junk. This machine has 2GB RAM and surprisingly I saw that the harddisk light is lit almost continuously. My earlier old laptop with Windows XP had much better performance even though it had only 1GB RAM. Also the internet access (using a USB mobile network – Reliance NetConnect) was also much slower in Windows Vista.

I was wondering what the heck is going on! You buy the latest stuff and it appears everything goes back in time. Then I decided to find the real problems behind this performance issue in Windows Vista.

Here is the first important tip. Disable File Search Indexing (which includes processes – SearchProtocolHost, SearchFilterHost and SearchIndexer) in Windows Vista to substantially boost performance. This is a windows service which runs in background always accessing harddisk and network resources. If you disable this, windows search may not be accurate, but that is something I don’t care.

Disbling Windows Search Service is simple. Open up Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Service. Find a service named Windows Search. Stop this service and change its startup type to manual. If you want, you can manually run the service when you are not using your system.

Once I disabled this, I found that harddisk access reduced substantially and also my internet connection was running in top speed.

You can also explore Google Desktop Search which seems to be gentle when it comes to system performance.

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4 Responses to Boosting Windows Vista Performance – disable search indexing

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  2. Sir Enitie says:

    If you think that buying “the latest stuff” will give you the best performance — especially when talking about operating systems and software — nothing could be further from the truth. Each release of Windows has been benchmarked at lower speeds than the preceding version, and all the while CPU clock speeds and RAM requirements have multiplied exponentially. Think that Microsoft and Intel aren’t in bed with each other? How is it that Vista runs half as fast as NT4, but I have 8x more RAM and 4x more CPU clock speed?

    Gettting the latest and greatest Windows OS is about getting the latest features and staying current from an MS support perspective, not about getting your PC to run faster.

    Remember Windows 3.11? It was a glorified DOS GUI, but it ran like the breeze. Vista looks nice and is more secure than any previous MS OS, but if you turn on all of the advanced features and all of the display “bling”, it’s a dog.

  3. Dev says:

    Hi Folks,

    I endorse what is written here. I am facing the exact problem, Dell Inspiron 1520 with

  4. David says:

    Hey thanks for that, had been through a couple of blogs about disabling it but it never quite went away. Disabled the service and my HDD light has finally stopped flashing!