Windows.edb IS growing to extreme size


Some time windows.edb file which is the search index database file for faster file search, e-mails etc . Can grow to very large size , Some times over 100 Gigs in size , The file located at hidden folder on the system drive :


Few simple way to reduce the size :

1. Delete the file, windows will re-create the file

net stop "Windows Search"
 del C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Search\Data\Applications\Windows\Windows.edb
 net start "Windows Search"

2. Defrage the file using Esentutl it will reduce the size while keeping the index :

sc config wsearch start=disabled
sc stop wsearch
esentutl.exe /d
sc config wsearch start=delayed-auto
sc start wsearch

*. 64 bit : C:\Windows\SysWOW64\esentutl.exe" /d %AllUsersProfile%\Microsoft\Search\Data\Applications\Windows\Windows.edb


3. Rebuild the database with windows tool :

Control Panel -> Indexing Options -> Advanced -> Rebuild


Good Luck

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