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    Enable or Disable Indexer Backoff in Windows


    How to: Enable or Disable Indexer Backoff in Windows

    How to Enable or Disable Indexer Backoff in Windows

    Enable or Disable Indexer Backoff in Windows [​IMG]
    Information By default, Windows will use the file properties, and file contents you want indexed.

    The index uses the Windows Search service and runs as the Searchindexer.exe process in the background. The index will automatically rebuild and update for changes made to the included locations since the last index rebuild to increase search result accuracy.

    By default, the search indexer backoff feature will reduce indexing speed while rebuilding the index when there is user activity, and will automatically continue at full speed when no user activity is detected.

    If indexer backoff is disabled, indexing will continue at full speed even when system activity is high.

    This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable indexer backoff used to reduce indexing speed when there is user activity in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to enable or disable indexer backoff.

    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To Enable or Disable Indexer Backoff in Local Group Policy Editor
    • Option Two: To Enable or Disable Indexer Backoff using a REG file

    EXAMPLE: Indexed backoff enabled and disabled

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    OPTION ONE [/i] To Enable or Disable Indexer Backoff in Local Group Policy Editor

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    Note Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

    All editions can use Option TWO below.

    1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

    2. In the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)
    *Arrow Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Search


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    3. In the right pane of Search in Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Disable indexer backoff policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

    4. Do step 5 (enable) or step 6 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


    5. To Enable Indexer Backoff
    A) Select (dot) Not Configured or Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

    NOTE: Not Configured is the default setting.

    6. To Disable Indexer Backoff
    A) Select (dot) Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)


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    7. When finished, you can close the Local Group Policy Editor if you like.





    OPTION TWO [/i] To Enable or Disable Indexer Backoff using a REG file

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    Note The .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search

    DisableBackoff DWORD

    (delete) = Enable
    1 = Disable

    1. Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


    2. To Enable Indexer Backoff
    NOTE: This is the default setting.
    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Enable_Indexer_Backoff.reg

    Download

    3. To Disable Indexer Backoff
    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Disable_Indexer_Backoff.reg

    Download
    4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    6. When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7. If you like, you can now delete the downloaded .reg file.

    That's it,
    Shawn


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    Indexing is not working

    Hi Doc,

    Thank you for posting your query in Microsoft Community.

    This issue may occur due to corrupt Windows search files or settings. I suggest you to follow the below method and check if it helps.

    Method 1: I would suggest you to run search and indexing troubleshooter
    and check. Please follow these steps:


    • Type troubleshooting in the search box on taskbar.

    • Click troubleshooting in the search results.

    • Click "View all" and then click "Search and Indexing".

    • Click "Next" and follow on-screen instructions.

    Method 2: Check if Indexing and Windows Search services are enabled. If not, enable them, if they are already enabled, then disable Windows Search Service and then enable again and restart.


    • Press Windows key + R.

    • Type services in the run box, go to the Windows search services and restart them.
    Hope it helps.
     
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