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Essential Windows 7 Tweaks: Part 2

Every person has different tastes when it comes to their installation of Windows.  Through the years that have been many things that I do right off the bat when getting my install “just right”.  In the XP days, the first thing I would do was to stretch the taskbar, enable Quick Launch, add an address bar, unlock it, then move those around a bit.  If my taskbar wasn’t set up this way, I HATED IT… in fact, I would move other people’s around when I worked on their computers!  Windows 7 is no different for me, however, the list isn’t as exhaustive yet. We covered Part 1 earlier and this is part 2 of a multipart series.

6. Disable Search Indexing (recommended for OLD systems only)

Search indexing can be useful to speed up the search process in Windows.  However, it comes at a cost.  Many times, I have noticed my hard drive thrashing and the search indexing was the cause.  If your computer is older this can have a positive impact on performance.  If you have a newer system with a decent processor, HDD, and RAM, this need not apply.

Remember though, this comes at a risk. If you disable search indexing you will lose the ability to search from start menu and you will also lose the ability to search Media Center if you are using the rig as an HTPC.

  1. Hold down the Windows (between the Ctrl and Alt Keys) key then pres R , type services.msc, and then click OK.
  2. Right click the Windows Search and click Properties
  3. Under the General Tab, use the drop down menu titled Startup type: and choose Disabled.
  4. Reboot your computer

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About Joe DiFiglia

I have always had a passion for everything computing. In early 2000, I decided to take my passion to the web. Thus, C.O.D. was born. Through the years we have made many great friends at C.O.D. and hope to continue our journey for years to come.

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