Disable the Indexing Service on Windows XP.
If there is one bloated and unnecessary service that you
should immediately disable, it's definitely the Indexing Service built into
Windows XP. The idea behind it is that you can search for files more quickly
if it is enabled... but you are using Google Desktop or Windows Desktop
Search for that, right?
The indexing service seems to eat up a lot of CPU on
every machine I've used, especially when you have the amount of files that
I've got. To disable it:
1. Navigate to the
Services console via Administrative Tools.
2. Double-click on the
Indexing Service and change the startup type to disabled.
3. Hit the stop button
if it is started, which is likely, and then hit OK.