Why does your search take forever?

When searching for files in Windows Vista, you find that it takes at least five minutes to complete the search, and you notice that the hard drive light is flashing the entire time. The computer works fine, otherwise. What is the most likely cause of this delay?

A) The computer hard drive is faulty

B) File caching is disabled

C) Windows Vista is running in Safe Mode

D) File indexing is disabled

E) The hard drive is freezing because of the cold moons of Jaglan Beta. Grab a towel.

The answer: D) File indexing is disabled

The Windows File Indexing service is responsible for constantly searching through your hard drive for filenames and file content. With this index of information, your searches will complete very quickly!

Want to know more? Watch “System Performance and Optimization.”

Windows Vista includes many options for optimizing the operating system. In this video, you’ll learn about Aero settings, indexing options, user account control, and other Windows Vista system performance options.