Search field in Settings no longer works (Windows 11 22H2)

Hellbovine

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The TLDR here is basically that unchecking the box is probably pointless, unless file attributes have a noticeable effect on file copy speeds. This can easily be benchmarked by anyone if they want to give it a go. Perhaps by adding the I index attribute it slows down how long it takes to copy a bunch of files, like a new game you're installing for example, but there's only 1 way to know--test it and post the results here.

A test you might do would be to copy like 10 gigabytes of lots of small files from a Fat32 drive onto your disk drive that is NTFS with that index box checked, and record how long it takes. Make sure you run "Rundll32.exe advapi32.dll,ProcessIdleTasks" before copying so that all your background activities calm down first so they don't interfere. Then delete all those files you just copied from the NTFS drive, uncheck the box, reboot PC, run the background command again, then copy the 10 gigs and record the time. Was there a difference? Can it be replicated, or is it all within the margin of error?
 
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garlin

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The TLDR here is basically that unchecking the box is probably pointless, unless file attributes have a noticeable effect on file copy speeds. This can easily be benchmarked by anyone if they want to give it a go. Perhaps by adding the I index attribute it slows down how long it takes to copy a bunch of files, like a new game you're installing for example, but there's only 1 way to know--test it and post the results here.
Attributes are stored in the volume's MFT table, they don't have any impact on performance. They're flags to instruct other apps & services what to do when accessing them. If your file operations don't care about them, it won't make a difference.

Updating all the attributes in a volume can be a time consuming process with thousands of files. Not all folders or files will follow inheritance rules from the parent folder, and must be checked individually.
 

francis11

Active Member
The TLDR here is basically that unchecking the box is probably pointless, unless file attributes have a noticeable effect on file copy speeds. This can easily be benchmarked by anyone if they want to give it a go. Perhaps by adding the I index attribute it slows down how long it takes to copy a bunch of files, like a new game you're installing for example, but there's only 1 way to know--test it and post the results here.

A test you might do would be to copy like 10 gigabytes of lots of small files from a Fat32 drive onto your disk drive that is NTFS with that index box checked, and record how long it takes. Make sure you run "Rundll32.exe advapi32.dll,ProcessIdleTasks" before copying so that all your background activities calm down first so they don't interfere. Then delete all those files you just copied from the NTFS drive, uncheck the box, reboot PC, run the background command again, then copy the 10 gigs and record the time. Was there a difference? Can it be replicated, or is it all within the margin of error?
Thanks for adwices - i will look into it - the only time i see the checked Index box is only on th C drive on NTFS formatted freash install as they are already unchecked on other drives from earlier installs, and my SSD (Samsung PM9A1) never give any probs regarding speed transfering files.
 

Clanger

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Updating all the attributes in a volume can be a time consuming process with thousands of files
how much time is time? fresh install onto crucial mx500 you prolly looking at 30 seconds, give or take a few.

the only time i see the checked Index box is only on th C drive on NTFS formatted freash install as they are already unchecked on other drives from earlier installs
if you disable search/indexing in the image when you untick that box nothing happens because nothing has been indexed.
i have disabled search/indexing in an ltsc 1809 image with no hissyfits during setup.

my SSD (Samsung PM9A1) never give any probs regarding speed transfering files.
only once the write buffer is full, ssd to hdd can drastically slow down :(
 
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