Disabling Indexing Service

I have seen different discussions on Disabling Indexing Services on XP.

Some say to uncheck "Allow Indexing Service to index this disk for fast file searching" on the General Tab of each HD's Disk Properties. When you do this the system spends multi minutes going thru all your files and I assume setting a Flag to Allow or Disallow Indexing of each file.

Others say to Disable the Indexing Service using the Services msc.

My assumption would be that if you Disable the Indexing Service then it is Disabled for the entire system and it is immaterial what the state of the "Allow Indexing Service to index this disk for fast file searching" Flag is set to for each HD.

Can anyone knowledgeably support this assumption?
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rindiCommented:
"Allow Indexing Service to index this disk for fast file searching" would as it says, allow that disk to be indexed, and if on this creates the index entries in a cache area somewhere on the disk. This space doesn't necessarily get released if you disable the service, which therefore would waste some space. So I disable both.
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flubbsterCommented:
You are quite right. Disabling the service itself from startup by setting the startup type to "disabled" will stop the indexing regardless of any other settings.

However, if you want to get rid of it so that it can't be started again, simply go to control panel>add/remove programs

Select add/remove windows components
remove the check from "indexing Service"

That will stop it fully without messing with the service.
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