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What is windowssearch.exe?

Part of Windows Search System Tray by Microsoft

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How does windowssearch.exe run?

Process - windowssearch.exe is an instance of a running program. This 32-bit program executes with the privileges as the currently logged in user account. windowssearch.exe is executed by the process explorer.exe (Windows Explorer by Microsoft).

How does windowssearch.exe start?

User start menu folder - The shortcut file windowssearch.lnk is loaded in the user's Startup folder (%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\) that points to the executable windowssearch.exe. The startup folder contains programs that automatically start when Windows starts for the logged in user.


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About 0.2% of all Boost users have the windowssearch.exe process running.Of the 0.2% of windowssearch.exe users, 73.0% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is windowssearch.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.01498% CPU149843.6%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
7.92 MB RAM36.8%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
 40 /min1.8%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
167 GDI objects111.3%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
320 context switches/sec320.0%
Average context switches for all programs is 100 per second.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\windows desktop search\windowssearch.exe

What modules are loaded?

A module is a dynamic link library (DLL) or an executable file that is loaded into the process. Below is a list of non-system modules that are loaded by Windows Search System Tray.

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Microsoft Windows XP (5.1.2600.131072)
Microsoft Windows XP (5.1.2600.196608)
Windows Vista (TM) Ultimate (6.0.6002.131072)
Windows 7 Home Premium (6.1.7601.65536)

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File details

File name: windowssearch.exe
Name: Windows Search System Tray
Description: Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Version: 7.0.6001.16503 (longhorn(wmbla).080526-2159)
Product version: 7.0.6001.16503
Size: 121 KB
Original file name: WindowsSearch.exe

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0155381660%
Privileged CPU: 0.0005538022%
User CPU: 0.01498436371219%
Privileged CPU time: 640.62 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 0 ms
Context switches /sec: 320
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 81.05 MB
Peak committed memory: 83.05 MB
Paged memory: 7.92 MB
Peak paged memory: 8.83 MB
Paged system memory: 75.79 KB
Non-paged system memory: 6.99 KB
Working set memory: 1.39 MB
Peak working set memory: 11.54 MB
Min working set memory: 774 KB
Private memory: 7.92 MB
Page faults: 4,373
Page faults /min: 5
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 476
Read operations /min: 1
Total read transfer: 94.87 KB
Read transfer /min: 80 Bytes
Total write operations: 5
Write operations /min: 1
Total write transfer: 360 Bytes
Write transfer /min: 0 Bytes
Total other operations: 1,226
Other operations /min: 1
Total other transfer: 145.64 KB
Other Transfer /min: 152 Bytes
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 167
USER objects: 66
Handle count average: 241
Thread count average: 10
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Integrety level: Undefined
Windows platform: 32-bit
System Tray: Yes
Parent Process
Process Commands
"C:\Program Files\Windows Desktop Search\WindowsSearch.exe"
"C:\Program Files\Windows Desktop Search\WindowsSearch.exe" /startup

User start menu folder details

Name: windowssearch.exe

Image hashes

MD5: b5c9f63c01fcfec3f64ec6a0940a1825
SHA-1: 8fccdad65d501c932514714d29664d8af3e5b785
SHA-256: 257e4dc81089f3dea1600c45ff85b387b2c7ce318a489d33815aad268842b508

PE image details

Subsystem: Windows GUI
Langauge*: Microsoft Visual C++
File packed: No
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