Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Change the location of Windows Search Index

If you enabled the Windows Search and Index service in your windows system, the file named "Windows.edb" will be placed under the location "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Search\Data\Applications\Windows" and its size will be growing day by day. You have to change the location of the file if you are facing disk storage size overflow problem due to this file.

Change location of Windows Search Index

By default, Search Index file(Windows.edb) stored at C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Search\Data folder, which is a hidden system folder. You can change the location of the Search Index under Indexing Options in the Control Panel. Follow the steps to change the location of Windows Search Index.

1.  Open Control Panel in its ‘Large Icons view’, and click on Indexing Options.

Change the location of Windows Search Index

2.  In new Window, click on Advanced button.

Change the location of Windows Search Index

3.  Under the Index location section, click Select new button.

Change the location of Windows Search Index

4.  Select the folder where you want to store the new search index file and click on OK.

Change the location of Windows Search Index

Note:This process will restart Windows Search Service and Indexing and save the Search Index file at new location.

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