Indexing Service (CiSvc) Defaults in Windows XP

Indexes contents and properties of files on local and remote computers; provides rapid access to files through flexible querying language.

Default Settings

Startup type:Manual
Display name:Indexing Service
Service name:CiSvc
Service type:interact
Error control:normal
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\CiSvc

Default Behavior

Indexing Service is an interactive service. In Windows XP it won't start until the current user starts it. If the Indexing Service fails to start, the technical information about the error is added to the Event Log. Windows XP startup should proceed, but a message box should be displayed informing the user that the CiSvc service has failed to start.


Indexing Service depends on the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service.

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Indexing Service

1. Select your Windows XP edition and service pack, and then click Download.

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

3. Run the saved file.

4. Restart the computer.

The CiSvc service is using the cisvc.exe file that is located in the %WinDir%\system32 folder. If the file is changed, damaged or deleted, you can restore its original version from Windows XP installation media.