Windows Search Service

(Last Updated On: February 26, 2018)

Windows Search Service

Windows Search, formerly known as Windows Desktop Search (WDS) on Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, is anindexed desktop search platform created by Microsoft for Microsoft Windows.

Windows Search collectively refers to the indexed search on Windows Vista and later versions of Windows (also referred to asInstant Search as well as Windows Desktop Search, a standalone add-on for Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 made available as freeware. All incarnations of Windows Search share a common architecture and indexing technology and use a compatible application programming interface (API).

Windows Search is the successor of the Indexing Service, a remnant of the Object File System feature of the Cairo projectwhich never materialized. Windows Search uses a different architecture.

Windows Search uses property handlers to handle metadata from file formats. A property handler needs a property description and a schema for the property for Windows Search to index the metadata. Protocol handlers are used for indexing specific data stores. For example, files are accessed using File System Protocol HandlerMicrosoft Office Outlookdata stores using the Outlook Protocol Handler and Internet Explorer cache using the IE History/Cache Protocol Handler.
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