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The problem I have with it is that when you perform a search, Windows keeps spontaneously redoing the search. It seems that the most likely cause is when a file in the list is renamed or deleted (though that is not a reliable way to reproduce it).

This is extremely frustrating because the renamed/deleted file is already updated in the list, and even if there were a reason to update it, then the user can easily click the Search Now button. In other words, I can't figure out a rational reason for Windows to forcibly do it automatically. Worse, no matter how many times Stop Search is clicked, it expertly ignores the user’s wishes (and direct actions) and keeps doing it. Even closing the Search pane altogether does not convince Windows to knock it off.

I cannot find any search-related settings. Does anyone know of a way to prevent Windows from spontaneously redoing the search on its own?

(For the record, I have the indexing service disabled.)

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If you turn the the Indexing on, it may refresh quicker. :) – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Dec 24 '11 at 15:57
I don’t/won’t use Windows indexing. Besides, I don’t want it to refresh on its own at all. – Synetech Dec 24 '11 at 16:07

You could try to stop search indexing service as it might update the search results each time the index update affects the directory you are searching in (just a wild guess) See

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The indexing service is disabled. – Synetech Dec 24 '11 at 5:58

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