Search indexer only works after service is restarted

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When I first upgraded to win11, the search indexer got underway. However I noticed after a few hours that it had got stuck without finishing - 'settings' says 'temporarily paused, will restart automatically', while under advanced indexing it just shows as 'paused'. It then just sat like that without starting again for the next day. I restarted the windows search service and it kicked back into life & completed. However after a reboot, the same thing happens - it sits on 'paused' and nothing new is indexed until I restart the search service. I tried rebuilding the search index, and the same thing happened - got so far, then paused & service needs restarting to kick it back into life.

Any thoughts on how to avoid having to restart the service every time I reboot? It's currently set to 'automatic (delayed start)', I've also tried 'automatic', to no avail.

Thanks!
 
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When I first upgraded to win11, the search indexer got underway. However I noticed after a few hours that it had got stuck without finishing - 'settings' says 'temporarily paused, will restart automatically', while under advanced indexing it just shows as 'paused'. It then just sat like that without starting again for the next day. I restarted the windows search service and it kicked back into life & completed. However after a reboot, the same thing happens - it sits on 'paused' and nothing new is indexed until I restart the search service. I tried rebuilding the search index, and the same thing happened - got so far, then paused & service needs restarting to kick it back into life.

Any thoughts on how to avoid having to restart the service every time I reboot? It's currently set to 'automatic (delayed start)', I've also tried 'automatic', to no avail.

Thanks!
Just checked mine, it is automatic (delayed start) it was running and had done the indexing. Mine was an upgrade from Win 10 and I am on build 22000.258 sorry I cannot be more helpful but the guys on this forum are ar :) e pretty clever
 

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When I first upgraded to win11, the search indexer got underway. However I noticed after a few hours that it had got stuck without finishing - 'settings' says 'temporarily paused, will restart automatically', while under advanced indexing it just shows as 'paused'. It then just sat like that without starting again for the next day. I restarted the windows search service and it kicked back into life & completed. However after a reboot, the same thing happens - it sits on 'paused' and nothing new is indexed until I restart the search service. I tried rebuilding the search index, and the same thing happened - got so far, then paused & service needs restarting to kick it back into life.

Any thoughts on how to avoid having to restart the service every time I reboot? It's currently set to 'automatic (delayed start)', I've also tried 'automatic', to no avail.

Thanks!
I have exactly the same problem. Indexing starts off fine, then gradually slows and the Indexing options dialog displays "indexing speed is reduced due to user activity" even when the PC has nothing else running. Eventually it pauses. I can restart it from Services but it soon slows and pauses again. Restarting kicks it back into life for a while till the same errors recur. Mine is a clean install of Win 11 on an new PC build. Having spent a day setting it up I really don't want to start over with Win 10 but can't work without a reliable search for files and emails.

I have tried the troubleshooting options but so far without success. Any ideas...untitled1.jpg?
 

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Wasn't it the general idea to de-prioritize background apps in W11?
 

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Rob Devon

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Latest on this problem is that my PC is telling me the index is now complete, with approx 200,000 items indexed. And Outlook no longer displays the "results may be incomplete as indexing is in progress" message.

Searching for files in Windows Explorer seems to be working well, and very quickly compared to my old machine.

However, searching within Outlook delivers no results, irrespective of what criteria I set...

Don't you just love Microsoft!!
 

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Just to close this thread from my perspective, I tried everything I could think of to get the Outlook index working, but without success. So I have wiped my system drive and rebuilt from scratch with Windows 10 Pro 64bit, which is working just fine. I'm now firmly at the back of the queue for the Windows 11 transition, hoping that by the time I get there the problem will have been fixed.

Interested to hear if anyone else has had similar difficulties...?
 

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I see that you had excluded AppData in your search settings, but ist't THAT exactly the place where Oulook stores its mail files ...?
 

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Rob Devon

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No I keep my Outlook data files on a different drive - "Data SSD D:" - alongside the rest of my user data in order that they are kept routinely backed up. Indexing works fine on Windows 10 in this configuration.
 

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