I recently tried moving the location of windows's Index files from my C (SSD) drive to another regular drive with more space...

I went to the Advanced Options under Indexing Options and put the 'new' path there...

Everything seem to run well for a day or 2. But now search has stopped working. Even typing the name of a program into the start menu brings up nothing.

I checked the indexing options and now it shows me this :

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The advanced options show me this :

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I checked the services.msc and it shows that windows search is stopped. If I start the service , nothing happens.

I can't put a new location into the advanced indexing options as the 'select new' button is disabled, as are the 2 text fields...

The rebuild button does nothing either.

Running the troubleshooter tells me that the indexing service is turned off and should be turned on.

I tried checking the registry... under the directory HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Search I see that 'data directory' is set to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Search\Data\ (the default), as is 'defaultDataDirectory'.

So, any suggestions how I can restore windows indexing, preferably with the indexing files not on my C drive.


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    "indexing not running" lloks like the service is stopped. Run services.msc and start the WindowsSearch service. Jan 24, 2016 at 15:33
  • i did mention i tried turning the service on :)... even after several restarts the service is marked as stopped, and nothing happens if i try and start it...
    – Dog
    Jan 24, 2016 at 22:39

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and fixed the problem :)

the solution was found here :Upgraded Windows 7 to Windows 10, Window Search service no longer starts

the registry entry for the indexing location wasn't the ones i posted in my question , but can be found here : HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Search\Gathering Manager\DefaultApplicationsPath

once i changed that to a correct path and rebooted everything went back to normal.

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