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Chapter 6. Setting Up Important System S... > Turning On the Indexing Service

Turning On the Indexing Service

Put two experienced Windows XP users together and mention Indexing Service. Chances are good that you will get one that loves it and another that despises the service. Both of them may have valid reasons for their feelings but there is no doubt that Indexing Service is one of the most misunderstood features of XP.

Microsoft provides a description of Indexing Service as follows: “Indexes contents and properties of files on local and remote computers; provides rapid access to files through flexible querying language.” As a brief bit of history, Indexing Service became a part of Windows 2000 core components after first being developed for use with Microsoft's Internet Information Services, aimed toward enhancing Web searches. Expanding its use to normal disk-based storage was a natural progression and in XP it's integrated into the XP Search Companion. If you have the need to search files on your computer for specific phrases or words (for example, a law firm may require the ability to sift through titanic numbers of briefs or depositions in search of specific phrases pertaining to case law), Indexing Service would enable more detailed searches than would the standard search assistant.


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