How to speed up Windows 8.1 Indexing (also applies to Windows 8 and Windows 7)

Speed Up Windows 7 Indexing:

Launch Group Policy Editor: Click on the Windows icon in the lower left corner of your PC and type “gpedit.msc” without the quotes into the Search box as shown in the below example.

After typing gpedit.msc you can click Enter or click on the application that displays in the search results as shown in the above image. Once clicked the Group Policy Editor will launch as shown in the below example image.

Open Windows Search Policies: Now drill down in the tree menu located on the left side of the Local Group Policy Editor by clicking on Administrative Templates underneath Local Computer Policy, then clicking on Windows Components, and then by clicking on Search to display all of the policies related to Windows Indexing as shown in the below example image.

Disable Indexer Backoff: Now double click on Disable Windows Indexer Backoff to display the Windows Indexer Backoff options as shown in the below image.

Click the Enable radio button followed by Apply in the lower right corner to save the settings as shown in the below example image.

Now the Windows 7 Indexer is not throttled by Windows.

Reboot Computer: I am not sure if this is required but I went ahead and rebooted and could immediately see a speed difference in how fast Windows 7 was Indexing.

The Windows 7 Indexing should be happening much quicker now. Once it is completed I will be able to see if it has made a difference regarding searching for Visio Shapes.

3 Responses to “How to speed up Windows 8.1 Indexing (also applies to Windows 8 and Windows 7)”
  1. arh 10 December 2013 at 1:38 pm #

    My Windows 8.1, upgraded from Windows 8.0, does not have a group policy editor (gpedit.msc is not found in run command).
    Total Commander finds two copies, in deep system directories, one here:
    However, I don’t have enough “right” according to Windows to run it.
    What do I do?

  2. osX 28 January 2014 at 5:53 am #

    Search for “cmd” when it shows up, right click on it, and select “Run as Administrator” you will then have privileges to run it. Alternatively, login locally as the Administrator (first make sure the account is enabled, and then set a password.) Log out, and log back in as Administrator, and run Control-R then enter “gpedit.msc”

  3. andrew 3 May 2015 at 9:23 am #

    On W8.1 this does not work.

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