How to enable the Windows Indexing Search

Article by Joe Medeiros, CSWE updated March 20, 2013


For turning on the Microsoft Windows Indexing Service  Feature:

  • Start typing “uninstall” in Windows Search and select Programs & Features


  • Select Turn on Windows features… 

Windows Features


  • Enable Windows Indexing Service 

Indexing service

  • Please refer to the article SolidWorks knowledgebase article S-054407 for instructions on enabling Indexing Search for Windows & Windows Server 2008 64 bit. The knowledgebase is available to all subscription customers at
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Joe Medeiros, CSWE

Joe Medeiros is a SOLIDWORKS and PDM Certified Expert. He has been helping SOLIDWORKS users with training, mentoring and implementations since 1998. He combines industry experience with a thorough understanding of SOLIDWORKS products to assist customers in being successful. He shares his experience and expertise through blogs; one of which has been incorporated into the SOLIDWORKS Essentials training manual.