How to Disable Windows Search Indexing in Vista

The Windows Vista search indexing service (desktop search) has been for many, more of an annoyance than than the helpful search tool it was designed to be. As most have probably noticed, the Vista search indexing tool seems to continue indexing files at inappropriate times, grinding away at the hard drive and further slowing down the computer while your trying to do your work. So what can we do to keep the Search indexing tool from taking over our resources while were trying to get work done? Read on to disable this search indexing feature.

How to Disable Windows Vista Search Indexing:

To completely disable the indexing service, we need to turn off the windows search indexing service.

  1. Click Start, type services.msc in the search box and press Enter
  2. Double click the Windows Search entry from the list of services
  3. Disable Windows Search Service

  4. Change the Startup type: to Disabled, and click the Stop button to stop the service. Then click Apply
  5. Disable Windows Search Service step 2

That's all there is to it. Windows Vista Search Indexing should now be disabled.