Troubleshooting on very large Windows.edb file on Windows 8.1

Challenges

This machine is a Apple MacBook running bootcamp for Windows 8.1 and it’s been running for almost 1+ year and now we are facing the increasing Windows.edb file (50GB+) and we have to do temporarily solution by deleting this file and redo the indexing again. Eventually it came up again after month or so.

Solution

At this stage, there is no real solution yet from Microsoft. The following steps are temporarily solution:

a. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search. Or, if you are using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, and then click Search.
b. Tap or click Settings.
c. In the search box, type indexing options.
d. Tap or click Indexing Options.
e. Tap or click Advanced.
f. Tap or click Rebuild on the Indexing Settings tab.
g. Tap or click OK to confirm.

Alternatively, for temporarily solution:

a. Search for “Indexing Options” (under “Settings”). Open it.
b. Search “services” (or run “services.msc”) and find “Windows Search”. Stop the service.
c. Delete the Windows.edb file
d. Click “Modify” in the already-open “Indexing Options” panel, then click “Delete and Rebuild” for the index. You can also specify a different drive to store the index on.

Please note, there was an update in regards to this from Microsoft (KB 2838018) however it’s only relating on Windows 8 only NOT Windows 8.1.

Someone posted the paid solution from Microsoft based on this thread on the forum. The technician’s report of what he did is pasted below.

  • Edited the windows  search components
  • Followed this online instruction (http://www.eightforums.com/bsod-crashes-debugging/33651-crawl-could-not-completed-content-source-winrt. html)
  • Stopped and start the search services – run sfc /scannow
  • Run dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth
  • Run search and indexing troubleshooter
  • Run  hardware and device troubleshooter
  • Run windows update reset components
  • Run powershell with the command below
powershell Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers |Where-Object {$_.InstallLocation -like "*SystemApps*"} | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}
  • Restarted the pc and test the functionality of the resolution

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Windows 10 Keeping Boot Up All the Time

Challenges

The machine is an Apple iMac and utilised bootcamp for running Windows 10. The machine has been tested and deployed for almost 1 month and suddenly the machine always keeping in reboot state and restore all the time.

Solution

After setting up to make the machine to have the small memory dump and no restart, the initial finding that it’s something to do with keyagent.sys. This particular driver is relating on Apple in general. After back and forth to Apple and Apple basically saying that because they only support up to installing the Bootcamp and soon after that it’s not their responsible and it needs to go Microsoft Support instead.

Eventually the machine gets redo the Bootcamp from beginning. At this stage, accidentally noticed when you do the Windows Updates, there is a driver that needs to be installed automatically (Intel Display Pro). Soon installing this driver, the machine went black and restart and trying to restore again so it’s similar symptom !!!

End up there is a configuration apparently from Windows 10 to NOT to install driver automatically (under System > Advanced System Setting > Hardware tab > Device Installation Settings > No > Never install driver software from Windows Updates) but in Windows Updates item stil; showing the Intel Driver Display Pro plus the rest of Windows KBs to be downloaded/installed. So we need to reset this Windows Updates component and found away to do this via http://www.thewindowsclub.com/reset-windows-update-to-default and after couple reboots and the driver is gone.

Environment

  • Apple iMac
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Home

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