Indexing in Win XP

Discussion in 'Computers, Hardware, and Operating Systems' started by WA9SVD, Apr 17, 2012.

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  1. WA9SVD

    WA9SVD Ham Member

    I have a hunch indexing is slowing down a (Win XP) computer, or at least causing excessive hard drive activity. I can't find the place to stop indexing. Hints, please?
  2. AF6LJ

    AF6LJ Ham Member

    Go to my computer
    right click on the drive in question and I believe the indexing is there on the front page of the property sheet at the bottom.

    And yes in some systems it does slow down the computer.
  3. AF6LJ

    AF6LJ Ham Member

    Also before I forget....
    You can pull up the services that are running and disable indexing....

    This is a good site for customizing your system.

    They have some good information regarding XP.
  4. G0GQK

    G0GQK Ham Member

    I never use indexing it just takes up space. I suggest you clean it all out
  5. WA9SVD

    WA9SVD Ham Member

    That was my suspicion, but I was asking HOW to turn it off. I believe Sue has pointed me in the right (or is that left?) direction.
  6. AF6LJ

    AF6LJ Ham Member

    That should work for you, there will even be a little disk space made available.
  7. WA9SVD

    WA9SVD Ham Member

    Thanks Sue,.

    SOMETHING I did turned off some of the frequent, extended disk accesses; I suspect turning off indexing was one thing. Disk space was never a problem; I have far, far more than I'll ever need on this machine. (I have drives through H: none are more than 50% filled, and it's an old box by today's standards, it has 80 and 200 GB drives partitioned to my needs, including two partitions to accommodate DOS 6.22, if I choose that OS at boot-up. A total of 4 GB for DOS 6.22! Who would have thought... when 20 MB was all we ever thought we'd need for DOS programs? I still have Volkswriter Deluxe on one of those partitions [which Glen, K9STH hates, but in some ways, is better than MS Word.)
  8. AF6LJ

    AF6LJ Ham Member

    Glad that helped.
    I have a similar issue with one really fast drive and one no so fast...
    If you need to have indexing you can set the priority of that service to very low,
    That helps.
  9. KA9JLM

    KA9JLM Platinum Subscriber

    If you need a tool to help you manage a Win XP system check this out.

    There are a few bugs with Win 7, but It was originally made for Win XP and Vista.

    And the best part is that it is free.

  10. AF6LJ

    AF6LJ Ham Member

    AVG doesn't like it...
    Says it's infected...
    I'll go with what they say....
    They have never steered me wrong.
  11. KA9JLM

    KA9JLM Platinum Subscriber

    AVG is wrong.


    AVG may never steer You wrong, But it does not steer you right.

    If it is not MS signed then it is bad ?

    That puts %50 of the software out of reach for You.

    I thought you worked in IT ?

    Please tell me what is wrong with it.

    Last edited: Apr 19, 2012
  12. KA9JLM

    KA9JLM Platinum Subscriber

    I guess I did not expect a reply. Maybe You do not know the answer ?

    The only reason that anti Virus programs want you to think that it is a threat, is because they don't want You to know what their software is really doing to your machine. You have been fooled, again.

    Go figure...
  13. WA9SVD

    WA9SVD Ham Member

    So what's your REAL point? That Microsoft OS and software is perfect, and there are no such things as viruses and malware?

    I don't install "software" or utilities willy-nilly just because it's recommended by even trusted friends. Even they can be "fooled" into thinking some program or utility is the next best thing to sliced bread, and later found to contain malware, trojans, or worse.
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2012
  14. AF6LJ

    AF6LJ Ham Member

    Sorry if my reply wasn't prompt enough, real life tends to interfear from time to time.
    I was on Forty Meters rag chewing for a while then had chores to do. :cool:

    Not true;
    I can download lots of non-MS Signed software and I do it all the time.

    For what it's worth AVG has fewer false positives than many other AV programs.
    I'll do it again tomorrow and post a screenshot...
  15. KA9JLM

    KA9JLM Platinum Subscriber

    Sorry I recommended it.

    do not use it.

  16. AF6LJ

    AF6LJ Ham Member

    I understand; I've been dealing with windows for so long I've grown along with the OS and the tools at hand...
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