Configure Windows Indexing Service for Performance
By Stephen Bucaro
The Windows Indexing Service provides you with the ability to perform advanced searches
on directories located on your computer and on shared directories on the network. The
Indexing Service was introduced with IIS (Internet Information Services) and is now
installed with Windows 2000 and Windows XP.
The Indexing Service is not started by default on a Windows 2000 professional computer.
If you want the Indexing service to start automatically, select Start | Settings |
Control Panel | Administrative Tools and open the Computer Management application.
In the right pane of the Computer Management window, click on Services and Applications,
then click on services. In the list of services, right-click on Indexing Service, The
Indexing Services Properties dialog box will appear.
In the Indexing Services Properties dialog box, on the General tab select Automatic
from the Startup type: drop-down list.
Under Service stautus: click on the Start button. A flurry of hard disk
activity may begin as the Indexing Service builds or updates the index. The Indexing service
creates an index (also called a catalog) organized in a way that makes it quick and easy to
search. The Indexing Service also records the documents properties, for example its date of
creation and last modified date.