W10 search seems endless for LR export folder


Active Member
Dec 23, 2012
Lightroom Experience
Lightroom Version
6.x / CC 2015.x
A recent W10 update seems to have caused some bug in the automatic Windows indexing of my LR export folders (which are usually jpegs). The green progress bar slowly advances across the top of the window doing some kind of something, and on reaching the end it sits there. There is no degradation in performance, the window remains fully responsive. There have been moans about this feature in Windows going back years.

Anyway, I switched off Windows search - the indexer that automatically scans and indexes folder contents. I never use it. To do so, run msconfig, go to services and switch off windows search. You'll need admin permissions and a reboot.

Windows Search Overview