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Configuring the Index Location Using Group Policy

To change the location of the index using Group Policy, configure the following policy setting for targeted computers:

Computer Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Search \Indexer Data Location

Enable the policy and type a path for the new location of the catalog using up to a maximum of 128 characters.

Configuring Indexing Scopes Using Control Panel

To specify the locations that are indexed manually (that is, to add or remove indexing scopes), perform the following steps:

  1. Open Indexing Options in Control Panel and click Modify.
  2. Expand the folder tree and select the volumes and directories that you want to have indexed on the computer.

For example, to index the entire system volume, select the check box for this volume (usually C). This adds the system drive to the list of start addresses for the indexer, with the following default exclusions: ProgramData, Data, AppData, Windows, and CSC.

You can override these exclusions by making hidden and system files visible in Windows Explorer and then clicking Show All Locations, expanding the system volume in the folder tree, and selecting each excluded folder. This is not recommended, however, because adding program and operating system files to the index can slow search queries and degrade the search experience for users. In addition, if the FANCI bit is set on a directory, the directory will appear dimmed, and when you point to it, additional info will be displayed on how to index the contents of that directory.

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In this tutorial:

  1. Managing Search
  2. Search and Indexing Enhancements
  3. Search in Windows XP
  4. Search in Windows Vista
  5. Search in Windows 7
  6. Understanding the Windows Search Versions
  7. Search Versions Included in Windows 7 and Windows Vista
  8. Search Versions Included in Windows Server 2008
  9. Search Versions Available for Earlier Versions of Windows
  10. How Windows Search Works
  11. Understanding Search Engine Terminology
  12. Windows Search Engine Processes
  13. Enabling the Indexing Service
  14. Windows Search Engine Architecture
  15. Understanding the Catalog
  16. Default System Exclusion Rules
  17. Understanding the FANCI Attribute
  18. Default Indexing Scopes
  19. Initial Configuration
  20. Understanding the Indexing Process
  21. Modifying IFilter Behavior
  22. How Indexing Works
  23. Rebuilding the index
  24. Viewing Indexing Progress
  25. Understanding Remote Search
  26. Managing Indexin
  27. Configuring the Index
  28. Configuring the Index Location Using Group Policy
  29. Configuring Indexing Scopes and Exclusions Using Group Policy
  30. Configuring Offline Files Indexing
  31. Configuring Indexing of Encrypted Files
  32. Configuring Indexing of Encrypted Files Using Control Panel
  33. Configuring Indexing of Similar Words
  34. Configuring Indexing of Text in TIFF Image Documents
  35. Other Index Policy Settings
  36. Using Search
  37. Configuring Search Using Folder Options
  38. Configuring What to Search
  39. Configuring How To Search
  40. Using Start Menu Search
  41. Searching Libraries
  42. Advanced Query Syntax
  43. Using Federated Search
  44. Deploying Search Connectors
  45. Troubleshooting Search and Indexing Using the Built-in Troubleshooter