Windows indexing service allows instant searching of PCs and corporate networks. It is an operating system level service that maintains an index of most of the files on a computer and updates them without user intervention.
Initially developed for Microsoft's web server software, Internet Information Services, the indexing service is now included as a standard, though initially disabled, feature of Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. In Windows Vista, this feature is enabled by default and cannot be disabled or paused. Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS; sometimes, erroneously called Server or System) is a set of Internet-based services for servers using Microsoft Windows. ... Windows 2000 (also referred to as Win2K) is a preemptible, interruptible, graphical and business-oriented operating system that is designed to work with either uniprocessor or symmetric multi-processor 32-bit Intel x86 computers. ... Windows XP is a line of operating systems developed by Microsoft for use on general-purpose computer systems, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, and media centers. ... Windows Server 2003 is a server operating system produced by Microsoft. ... Windows Vista is the name of the latest release of Microsoft Windows, a line of graphical operating systems used on personal computers, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, and media centers. ...
Once the indexing service has been turned on and has built its index (which can take hours), the index can be searched in a number of ways.
The search option available from the Start Menu will use the indexing service if it is enabled. Queries can also be performed using the Indexing Service Query Form in the Computer Management application.
What is Indexing Service - from the Microsoft Platform SDK
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