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Kick the indexer into overdrive

If you're impatient, you might want the search indexer to work at full speed after you copy or move a large number of files to an indexed location. You could just step away from the mouse and keyboard to give the indexer unfettered access to system resources for as long as it takes to get the job done . Or, if you're using Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate, you can use the Local Group Policy Editor to configure the Disable Indexer Backoff policy, and then manually stop and restart the Windows Search

A much better way is to install the Indexer Status gadget. This desktop gadget, created by Microsoft engineer Brandon Paddock, is available as a free download from As shown here, it provides clear feedback when the indexer is working and also provides buttons that allow you to pause the indexer temporarily or disable the "back off" logic and perform all indexing at full speed .

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The small, lightweight gadget shows how many files are currently being indexed. If no indexing is in process, the message displays the text "Index up-to-date." The group of three buttons on the left require administrative credentials . The first, Pause Indexer, suspends indexing activity. The second, Index At Normal Speed, returns to default behavior. The third button, Index Now, disables the back-off logic and allows indexing to proceed as a foreground task, allowing you to quickly rebuild the index or add a large number of new files . The button at the right side opens the Indexing Options Control Panel.

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