Whenever Microsoft announces a new major update for Windows 10, instead of getting excited, it makes Windows 10 users bother, what new is coming to slow down their system.
Well, the users can’t be blamed for that, because Microsoft has themselves attained this reputation, with many of their previous poor updates. So, with the release date of the latest feature update Windows 10 2004 coming closer, the anxiety of the users is getting higher on what they should expect with this one of the two major yearly feature upgrades of Windows 10.
For those concerned users, we have news that would provide them with significant relief. Since there is always a common complaint by the users that most of the Windows updates are poorly compatible with the hardware and that makes their system slow, Microsoft is finally making some amendments in the upcoming feature to speed up your old PC.
This feature involved altering with Windows Search Indexer settings so that regressive disk usage is controlled and thereby reducing the strain on the hard disk, making it work faster.
What is the Problem Currently?
Currently, what Windows Search does is, it indexes your files on your hard drives to make search faster for you. There is no wrongdoing in it, and the intention is to ease your workflow on your Windows 10 system. However, it backfired badly. Because of continuous indexing, the hard disk of the system is always under a lot of pressure that deteriorates its performance and eventually slow down the PC.
The impact is much more on the older systems which are equipped with Hard Disk Drives(HDDs) than the Solid-State Drives (SSDs). The reason is, HDDs are already much slower in processing, Read and Write tasks because they are of the older generation which works on Mechanical Platters.
So, whenever a disk-intensive process gets started on the device with HDD, it makes them slower because HDD can’t handle much pressure for long. Windows Search Indexer is one of those disk-intensive processes. Its indexing loop causes an ever-increasing load on the drives.
What is Coming to Fix the Indexing Problem?
With its upcoming feature update, Microsoft is finally making the Windows search indexing process smarter and thereby reducing the strain on HDDs, making the older PC faster. Windows search will now intelligently identify the peak usage time of your system and then manage the indexing process accordingly.
It means that when you are already using your system resources, including the hard disk for completing your other tasks, at that time, Windows search would halt or stop indexing the files.
Apart from this, in Windows 10 2004 version, the indexing process would be paused or completely stopped while you are using your HDD or SSD disk, that is, while transferring or deleting the files.
While this update would majorly show its results on the old computers that use HDDs, it would not exhibit a significant impact on the systems equipped with SSDs. The reason is, the SSDs are much advanced than the HDDs and are already designed in such a way that they are capable enough to cope indexing better.
However, even some SSD devices are countering the slow-down problem because of the current indexing algorithm. Their obstacles would also be solved.
Windows 10 2004 update is finalized and ready to launch around the 2nd week of May. Currently, the world is tackling a major crisis. Therefore, this update could be a silver lining for the folks working from home because of the pandemic.
Apart from solving the file indexing issue and speed up the PC, there are more relaxations Windows is providing like limiting the Cortana. Hope this update is of much more use than disappointment for the users.
Peter is an Electrical Engineer whose primary interest is tinkering with his computer. He is passionate about Windows 10 Platform and enjoys writing tips and tutorials about it.