Slow Windows 10 Search & How you can speed it up

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Solution 2

Rebuilding the Windows 10 Search Index

Step 1

The fastest way to get to Indexing Options (fromĀ

Win key + R (Run) then copy and paste the code below.

rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL srchadmin.dll

Or press Windows key + X, and a menu will open up. Click on Control Panel.

Slow Windows 10 Search Solution Image win+x-control-panel

Step 2

In the Control Panel, click on Indexing Options.

Slow Windows 10 Search Solution Image control-panel

Step 3

Click on Modify, and only keep the hard drives with Windows/Apps/Programs checked (The default is C:). When you’re done, click OK.

Slow Windows 10 Search Solution Image Search index-location

Step 4

In the Indexing Options window, click on Advanced. If you see a pop-up box (User Account Control), click Yes.

Step 5

In the Advanced Options window, click on Rebuild, andĀ OK.

Slow Windows 10 Search Solution Image Search index-rebuild

And you’re done!

It’ll take some time to re-index everything, but searching for Apps, and other files should be much faster now.

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  • You can go through all that. or just go Cntl-Alt-Delete choose Task Manager. Find searchUI. and just end it. Worked perfect, and it has been 3 days on with the Cortana-search not having an issue.

    • Soraka, the Starchild


  • Nirmal Seneviratne

    Dave, you are genius man !! quitting search UI did the job

  • Eugene

    Wow, that’s great! Switching from index 800,000+ to 400 is amazing, i get right result before UI animation has finished! Thank you so much, this is amazing!

  • Sisifo

    Thank you, thank you, thank you…

  • Joseph El Ghanim

    Worked! Thanks!!!

  • Saved

    You beautiful beast

  • Sameli

    My eyes are bleeding. Humble I bow I a front of Master. Great Thanks!

  • Cosbot

    Worked for me. Thanks :)