How To Rebuild The Search Index In Windows 7 / Vista


When you perform a search in Windows 7 or Vista, files that were deleted earlier may show up in Search results because the Indexing Service needs to update its records. The time frame may vary from one system to the other. In case search still continues to show deleted files, or if it does not show files that exist in the system, the indexing service may be out of date. It maintains an index of your computer’s files in order to make searches faster. If you do a search for a specific file and it doesn’t show up, your index may need to be rebuilt.

Go to Start > Control Panel.

control panel

Click on System and Maintenance category, under the Indexing Options category, click Change how Windows searches as shown in the screenshot below,


Click the Advanced button


Now to rebuild your index, click the Rebuild button. The number of indexed items will reset to zero, and Windows will begin to rebuild your index.


The rebuild process may take several hours to complete on some computers so please be patient!

  • J Doran

    thank you very much for this tip !

  • G Olsson

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  • Rajinder Singh

    Thanks very-very thanks a lot of thanks

  • billy zane

    u r the best. it actually worked

  • Ben

    Windows 7 ba-lows! And so does Microsoft for that matter. Can somebody please make a pc that actually works. Gee, maybe I should get a Mac…

  • John

    yeah, thanks again

  • Tempest

    Thanks for this! It put me on the right path but didn’t work – until I noticed that my C: Drive was not included in the locations to be indexed! Click on Show All Locations and make sure the necessary ones are all ticked. Where would we be without this network of support …

  • S in PA

    Why do I have to do this every freaking day? It takes up my entire workday and I can’t get actual work done! Any ideas?