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Windows Search - Windows 8 Service

Provides content indexing, property caching, and search results for files, e-mail, and other content.

This service also exists in Windows 10, 7 and Vista.

Startup Type

Windows 8 edition Windows 8 Windows 8.1 Windows 8.1 Update 1
Core Automatic (Delayed Start) Automatic Automatic
Pro Automatic (Delayed Start) Automatic Automatic
Enterprise Automatic (Delayed Start) Automatic Automatic

Default Properties

Display name:Windows Search
Service name:WSearch
Type:own
Path:%WinDir%\system32\SearchIndexer.exe /Embedding
Error control:normal
Object:LocalSystem
Privileges:
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege
  • SeManageVolumePrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege
  • SeAssignPrimaryTokenPrivilege
  • SeIncreaseQuotaPrivilege
  • SeTcbPrivilege

Default Behavior

The Windows Search service runs as LocalSystem in its own process of SearchIndexer.exe. It does not share its process with other services. If Windows Search fails to start, the error is logged. Windows 8 startup proceeds, but a message box is displayed informing you that the WSearch service has failed to start.

Dependencies

Windows Search won't start, if the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service is stopped or disabled.

The following services are unable to start if Windows Search is stopped:

Restore Default Startup Type for Windows Search

Automated Restore

1. Select your Windows 8 release and edition, and then click on the Download button below.

2. Save the RestoreWindowsSearchWindows8.bat file to any folder on your hard drive.

3. Right-click the downloaded batch file and select Run as administrator.

4. Restart the computer.

Note. Make sure that the SearchIndexer.exe file exists in the %WinDir%\system32 folder. If this file is missing you can try to restore it from your Windows 8 installation media.