Windows Search (WSearch) Service Defaults in Windows 8

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

Default Settings

Startup type:
Windows 8 CoreAutomatic (Delayed Start)
Windows 8 ProAutomatic (Delayed Start)
Windows 8 EnterpriseAutomatic (Delayed Start)
Windows 8.1 CoreAutomatic
Windows 8.1 ProAutomatic
Windows 8.1 EnterpriseAutomatic
Windows 8.1 Update 1 CoreAutomatic
Windows 8.1 Update 1 ProAutomatic
Windows 8.1 Update 1 EnterpriseAutomatic
Display name:Windows Search
Service name:WSearch
Service type:own
Error control:normal
Object:LocalSystem
Path:%SystemRoot%\system32\SearchIndexer.exe /Embedding
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\WSearch
Privileges:
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege
  • SeManageVolumePrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege
  • SeAssignPrimaryTokenPrivilege
  • SeIncreaseQuotaPrivilege
  • SeTcbPrivilege

Default Behavior

The Windows Search service is a Win32 program that can be started by the Service Controller and that obeys the service control protocol. It is starting automatically after the operating system and most important software have been loaded and started in Windows 8 Core, Pro, Enterprise. This service is starting automatically during the operating system startup in Windows 8 Core Windows 8.1, Pro Windows 8.1, Enterprise Windows 8.1, Core Windows 8.1 Update 1, Pro Windows 8.1 Update 1, Enterprise Windows 8.1 Update 1. When the Windows Search service is started, it runs as LocalSystem in its own process of SearchIndexer.exe. If Windows Search fails to start, the error details are added to Windows 8 error log. When the operating system startup is complete, the user is being notified that the WSearch service hasn't been started.

Dependencies

Windows Search can't start, if the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service is disabled or not available.

All the services listed below will not start if Windows Search is disabled:

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Windows Search

1. Select your Windows 8 edition and update pack, and then click Download.

2. Save the Win8_WSearch_Service_Startup.cmd file to a local storage device.

3. Run the saved file as an administrator.

4. Restart the computer.

The WSearch service is using the SearchIndexer.exe file that is located in the %WinDir%\system32 folder. If the file is corrupted or deleted, you can put it back in there.