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How to Start/Stop Windows Search

Service name: WSearch

Display name: Windows Search


Provides content indexing, property caching, and search results for files, e-mail, and other content.

Path to executable:

C:\WINDOWS\system32\SearchIndexer.exe /Embedding

This method shows you how to Start/Stop Windows Search service from Command Prompt

Perform the following steps:

Please go to Start and click on the Type here to search

Type cmd, right click on cmd icon under the Programs and click on Run as administrator

Services Regedit CMD Msconfig

Please confirm User Account Control pop-up

Please select, right and copy a registry key from below, then right click on command prompt window, select Paste and press Enter

To Start Windows Search service:

net start WSearch

sc start WSearch

Note: You can’t start a service if Startup type is on Disabled.

To Stop Windows Search service:

net stop WSearch

sc stop WSearch

To change Startup type:


REG add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\WSearch" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 2 /f

sc config WSearch start= auto


REG add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\WSearch" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 3 /f

sc config WSearch start= demand


REG add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\WSearch" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 4 /f

sc config WSearch start= disabled

Automatic (Delayed Start):

REG add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\WSearch" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 2 /f

sc config WSearch start= delayed-auto

Note: When you change to Automatic (Delayed Start) a new key DelayedAutostart is created with value 1.

REG add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\WSearch" /v DelayedAutostart /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

When you change to Automatic from Automatic (Delayed Start), DelayedAutostart change value to 0.

REG add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\WSearch" /v DelayedAutostart /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f