How can I force Windows 7 to REindex a folder?



Windows 7 allows you to quickly and easily search for files and folders on your computer. It does this by using an indexing service, which stores information about the files and folders on your computer. Unfortunately, this indexing service can become outdated or corrupt, making it difficult to find the files and folders you need. Fortunately, it is possible to force Windows 7 to reindex a folder, and restore the indexing service to its original, working state.

The first step to reindexing a folder in Windows 7 is to open the Control Panel. This can be done by clicking on the Start button and then selecting “Control Panel” from the menu. Once the Control Panel is open, click on “Indexing Options”. This will open a window showing the indexing options available in Windows 7.

Once the Indexing Options window is open, click on the “Advanced” button. This will open a window with further indexing options. The first option is “Rebuild”. Select this option, and then click on “OK”. This will trigger Windows 7 to start rebuilding the index for the selected folder.

Once the indexing process has started, the progress of the process can be monitored. To do this, click on the “View Indexed Locations” button in the Indexing Options window. This will open a window showing the progress of the indexing process. When the indexing process is complete, the folder should be reindexed and the indexing service should be restored to its original, working state.

If the indexing process does not complete successfully, it is possible to force Windows 7 to try to reindex the folder again. To do this, open the Indexing Options window again and then click on the “Advanced” button. Select the “Rebuild” option again and then click on “OK”. Windows 7 will then attempt to reindex the folder again.

If the indexing process fails multiple times, it is possible that there is a problem with the folder itself. In this case, it may be necessary to delete the folder and then recreate it. This will allow Windows 7 to create a new index for the folder, which should resolve any indexing issues.

In conclusion, it is possible to force Windows 7 to reindex a folder. This can be done by opening the Indexing Options window in the Control Panel and then selecting the “Rebuild” option. If the indexing process fails multiple times, it may be necessary to delete the folder and then recreate it. By following these steps, it is possible to restore the indexing service in Windows 7 to its original, working state.

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