If you’re going through your storage, you may find that a file with the name of windows.edb is taking a huge portion of your data space. And you might be confused what this file is about and how it got there in the first place.
The windows.edb file is a database from the windows search service that gives the capability of property caching, content indexing and a whole slew of search results for files, emails and other data content all in one file.
Depending on your Windows version, the windows.edb may index your files for quicker search results, so this file will store all of these indexes in one place causing this to be extremely huge, such as 100’s of GBs potentially. In this article, we’ll go over how to fix the windows.edb file problem so it’s a smaller file or you can delete it entirely.
Where can you find the “windows.edb” file on your PC?
Generally the windows.edb file is quite hidden, so you should manually search for it, using the following location. The file is stored in this folder below.
How to Delete Your “Windows.edb” File
Since the file is likely very huge, you may want to just delete it entirely to save space. First, go to your task manager and end the process for the specific window called “searchindexer.exe”. If it re-opens after a few minutes, due to Windows default settings you may have to do the following:
Step 1: Navigate to a file called “services.msc” and open it. Then go to the Windows Search option.
Step 2: Once you’re here, double click on the windows searches to open a dialog box. In the middle of the window under service status, you’ll see a stop button. Hit the stop button to stop the service.
Step 3: Go back to your windows.edb file and delete it. You will need to delete the file and also rebuild the index since this is the part of the default process of Windows. Open your control panel and select indexing options. From there, click on the Advanced button on the bottom of the window. And a new window will appear. In the middle of the window on the right side, click on the button rebuild.
Please note that it is totally secure to delete the windows.edb file. Once you delete it, Windows will begin to re-index the files and data from your searches.
Another way to delete it without using the windows search is going through the control panels option.
Step 1: Open your control panel.
Step 2: Select all control panel items option
Step 3: Then click on programs and features
Step 4: From here, turn on the windows features and uncheck the windows search option
Configure and change the location of the “windows.edb” file
Most people believe that deleting the file will solve everything, but it doesn’t. Since search indexing is a default function of Windows, it will only likely grow large again. You could simply go through the process of deleting the file every few weeks or months.
The solution to this is changing the location. In this case, you won’t have to disable windows search and the windows.edb file won’t be sucking up all of your hard disk space on your computer.
To change the location of the “windows.edb” file, make sure to follow the steps below:
Step 1: Open the control panel of your windows pc
Step 2: Select Indexing options
Step 3: Choose the Advanced button on the bottom of the window
Step 4: Select the button that says Index Location
Step 5: Go to the select new button near the bottom of the window
From there you have the choice to browse through your desired folders and set it to wherever makes sense for you.
Install update Roll-up 2836988
For those of you who have Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, you can install the update Roll-up 2836988 to remove the issue. It may help with the file growing larger quickly.
We hope that this helps you with the windows.edb search indexing issue that you are facing on your PC. If you follow these steps, you’ll free up a lot of hard drive disk space for your computer.