Windows Search, formerly known as Windows Desktop Search (WDS) on Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, is an indexed desktop search platform created by Microsoft for Microsoft Windows.
Windows Search collectively refers to the indexed search on Windows Vista and later versions of Windows (also referred to as Instant Search) as well as Windows Desktop Search, a standalone add-on for Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 made available as freeware. All incarnations of Windows Search share a common architecture and indexing technology and use a compatible application programming interface (API).
How to turn on Windows Search Service
Sometimes fixing an issue with the Windows Explorer may need you to turn off the Windows Search Service. The first thing to do is to check if Windows Search Service is enabled on your computer. If you need to enable it here are the easy steps to follow:
- Go to Search and type administrative tools
- Open Administrative Tools, and go to Services
- Find Windows Search service and check if it’s enabled
- If the service is not enabled, right click on it and choose Start
Windows Search Service issues
Some users have found that the Search Indexer process can hog a lot of system resources with high CPU and RAM usage. This is how you can reduce the Search Indexer’s high CPU utilization.
Users have reported that they’re getting “Microsoft Windows Search Protocol Host Stopped Working” very often. This problem is probably caused by some damaged files in your system, or the service is just disabled. But there’s no need to worry because we offer you a solution in this article.
Windows.edb is a Windows Search Service database file, which provides search results for files, content, and property caching after indexing. The Windows.edb may get bloated by Windows Search Service after some time.
The Windows Report team will show you how to fix Windows.edb huge file problems in Windows 10.
Check this list of helpful guides to fix Windows Search Service problems now:
- Fix: Windows search suddenly stops working
- Fix: Cortana Search Box Missing on Windows 10
- How to fix Windows Search Indexer’s high CPU utilization
- Fix: SearchUI.exe Fails to Load in Windows 10
- Fix: Microsoft Windows Search Protocol Host Stopped Working