Windows 10’s search will stop hogging disk or CPU resources

Windows 10 Search

Windows 10 20H1 update, which will be released later this year,
includes fixes for excessive disk and CPU usage caused by
Windows Search Indexer. Today, Microsoft confirmed that the
company is working on another Windows 10 update that will
include more changes for Windows Search.

In Windows 10 Build 19592, which is likely to be part of 20H2
update, Microsoft says it has updated Windows Search indexer
with improved logic to find better times to perform indexing of
your files.

Windows Search indexer provides fast files searches by building
an index, which is used by File Explorer, taskbar search bar,
Start menu, and File Explorer. On Windows 10, Microsoft indexes
the “Start Menu” and your “Users” folders including Documents,
Downloads, Desktop, Videos and Pictures, so the search can find
and return your results quickly.

The indexer frequently scans your computer for new files and
apps. During the scan process, your CPU and disk usage could
increase and it may also lead to 100% usage on low-end

With Windows 10 20H2 update, Microsoft is updating Windows
Search to pause indexing process when you are actively using
your machine. The company says it has improved the algorithm to
automatically find better times to index your files.

Windows Search will also limit the number of times it indexes
your files for content that doesn’t have an impact on search

While these improvements will arrive in the second of this
year, Microsoft also introduced a new algorithm for Windows
Search in Windows 10 version 2004 update. The new algorithm
detects excessive usage and other performances issues, and
throttle search indexing activity to prevent system slowdowns.

Microsoft says it will continue to work on performance
improvements while developing new features for search.

According to Microsoft’s typical release schedule,
Windows 10 version 2004 is expected to begin shipping in
April/May, while
Windows 10 20H2 will ship to consumers in October/November.

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