Windows 7 / Getting Started

Configuring the Index

Administrative tasks for configuring the index include:

  • Moving the index to a new location.
  • Changing the locations indexed (modifying indexing scopes and exclusion rules for indexing).
  • Rebuilding the index.
  • Changing how file types are indexed.

Note For information on how to rebuild the index, see the section titled "How Indexing Works" earlier in this tutorial. For information on changing the way that file types are indexed, see the section titled "Types of Files Indexed" earlier in this tutorial.

Configuring the Index Location Using Control Panel

You may need to change the location of the index if the system drive is running low on free space. To change the location of the index using the Indexing Options item in Control Panel, follow these steps:

  1. Click Advanced to open the Advanced Options properties dialog box.
  2. Click Select New and choose a new volume or folder for storing the index on the system.
  3. Restart the Windows Search service on the computer.

Note The index can be located only on a fixed disk. You cannot move the index to a removable or network-attached disk. In addition, any volume or folder to which the index is moved should be set to read-only for non-administrators. Specifically, be sure to verify that \Search\Data\Applications\Windows only provides access to BUILTIN\Administrators and NT Authority\System. Access for any other users, such as Users or Authenticated Users, should be removed.

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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