Windows Desktop Search 3.0 Beta 2 released

If you have been struggling with the performance of Windows Desktop Search to the point of uninstalling it, there is good news. Microsoft has just released beta 2 and according to Marc Orchant, many of the memory and cpu usage issues have been addressed. I’m downloading it now and giving it a run through.

Note: you need to uninstall any version of Windows Desktop Search that are earlier than 2.5.


The search engine in WDS 3.0 is a Microsoft Windows service that is also used by programs such as Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 and Microsoft Office OneNote 2007. You can use this search engine to index a program’s content and to obtain instant results when you search within a particular program.

This Beta 2 release is an update to the Beta Engine Preview release of WDS 3.0. The most noticeable improvements in the Beta 2 release include a full desktop search user interface, 64-bit support, and faster search results. The WDS 3.0 installation process will automatically upgrade WDS 2.5 and later versions of WDS. Before you install WDS 3.0, use the Add or Remove Programs tool to uninstall versions of WDS that are earlier than version 2.5.>

Hat tip to Marc Orchant and Amit Agarwal