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Remove Windows Search Indexer (Disable)

Remove or disable Windows Search Indexer: If like me you are unfortunate enough to have to work on a machine with Windows Vista from time to time – then you may also be annoyed with Windows Search Indexer which will happily munch up your RAM and CPU whenever it feels like it!

It took me a while to work out how to kill/disable it so for anyone else out there who wants to know:

  1. Click Start > Control Panel
  2. Go to Click System and Maintenance
  3. In Control Panel Home view, click Administrative Tools
  4. Double-click Service (If asked for permission just continue)
  5. Find “Windows Search” in the list
  6. Right click and hit Properties
  7. Click Stop
  8. Select Disable from the drop-down next to Startup Type
  9. Click Apply and OK

Enjoy your RAM and CPU! (Or whats left after Vista is done with it!)