Default indexed paths

Enabling this policy allows you to specify a list of paths to index by default. The user may override these paths and exclude them from indexing. On a per-user basis this policy setting will work only if a protocol handler referencing a SID-based user scope such as MAPI is specified. File system paths that do not reference a specific SID will not be included for indexing if these are only specified in the Group Policy under “User Configuration. ” To include a file system path for indexing please specify the file system path to be indexed under the “Computer Configuration” Group Policy.

Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> SOFTWARE -> Policies -> Microsoft -> Windows -> Windows Search -> DefaultIndexedPaths

  2. The Administrative Template path is:

    Windows Components -> Search


* Making mistakes while changing registry values can affect your system adversely. We recommend you to create a System Restore point before making registry manipulation. If you're new to Registry Editor, read this beginner's guide.
** To locate the registry and administrative template path, checkout beginner's guide.
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