If your Windows XP installation runs slowly, check Task Manager for a high CPU utilization, growing page pagefile, and the Cidaemon.exe process consuming lots of resources.

This behavior may occur when you have configured the Indexing Service to run on your computer. When running, the Indexing Service uses Cidaemon.exe to update the index catalog.

You can use the GUI to turn of the Indexing Service:

1. Double-click My Computer.

2. Hold down the CTRL key while you press E to invoke Search pane.

3. If Change Preferences is available, press it and select Without Indexing Service. If a link to Indexing Service is displayed, press it.

4. Select No, do not enable Indexing Service.

5. Press OK.

To use a batch file to turn off the Indexing Service:

Run TurnOffIndexing.bat, which contains:

@echo off
for /f "Tokens=*" %%a in ('sc query cisvc^|Find "STATE"^|FIND "RUNNING"') do (
 @echo sc stop cisvc
 sc stop cisvc
)
@echo sc config cisvc start= demand
sc config cisvc start= demand