Windows SP3 (Service Pack 3) was released when Microsoft Corporation launched Windows Vista. Windows XP with service pack 3 and Vista have computer indexing features. Indexing is a process of sorting various files on your computer for faster retrieval. These files are sorted according to their name, extension type, directory structure, and overall size, frequency of usage and date of modification. Accessibility of these files gets a considerable boost by computer indexing. This process can also slow down the execution of various applications on an old computer. Like everything else, computer indexing also eats up the resources. With these simple steps, you can rectify your indexing system to avoid errors and duplicate indexing:
1. Type 'services.msc' in the Run command box.
2. A 'Services List' will be displayed on screen. Find out the 'indexing service' and right click on it. Select 'Properties' option from right click menu. Disable indexing processes by selecting appropriate option from the drop down menu.
3. Right click on C drive and select the 'Properties' option. Unmark the checkbox having 'Allow indexing service..." Click on 'Apply' button and restart your computer.
4. When your computer starts again, remove the index files. These files can be found in the 'Search files and folders.' Index files have extensions like.ida,.idq,.htx etc. You would have reset the indexes by removing these files.
5. Type 'services.msc' in the Run command box again.
6. Go to the properties of indexing service in the services list window that opens up. Turn on indexing by selecting 'Automatic' from drop down menu.
7. Click on 'Apply' button followed by 'Start.'
8. Browse your computer to find the folders that you want to index.
9. Initiate indexing of each folder by selecting 'Properties' from the right click menu of folder. You can also turn on fast searching for a folder by pressing 'Advanced' button at the bottom.