Windows 10 20H1 update is set to arrive early next year, but Fast Ring Insiders already have tested some of the new features. Microsoft has been trying to fix Windows Search problems over the past couple of updates, separating it from Cortana and debuting an enhanced mode. Windows 10 Build 19025 has rolled out today to Fast Ring Insiders and it tries to make Windows Search even smoother.
Microsoft has introduced a new algorithm for Windows Search to detect excessive disk usage and activity. It will, thus, slow down the indexing activity and serve your search results in a more reliable and smooth manner. The indexing process for Windows Search will be slowed down during identified peak usage times. It could be a huge improvement for users who regularly use the feature to search for apps, files or anything else on their Windows 10 machine.
Windows 10 will use a number of signals to identify peak usage times and throttle down Windows Search indexing service. We have attached the list of signals right here:
- Gaming mode is ON
- Power savings mode is ON
- Low power mode is ON (constrained mode or connected standby)
- The device is waking up after being in low power mode or in a logon state
- Device goes from AC->DC (taken off charging)
- CPU usage goes above 80%
- Disk usage goes above 70%
- The device’s battery charge is < 50%
- The device’s display state goes to screen off
“Your feedback helped us focus on three key areas of improvement in 20H1: excessive disk and CPU usage, general performance issues, and low perceived value of the indexer,” says Brandon LeBlanc, Windows Insider Program Senior Program Manager in the official blog post.
Apart from throttling the Windows Search indexing process, the latest Windows 10 20H1 Insider build is also introducing a small change for developers. It will restrict searches of popular repositories such as Git and other project folders to further lower disk usage. A small change, but it has resulted in a quick 30% improvement in disk usage.
Microsoft has already tested the major features coming with the 20H1 update and is now patching the small niggles that may crop up. Windows 10 Insider Build 19025 includes a myriad of improvements but still has a few known issues with the Settings, drivers, and more. You can check out the complete changelog for this update right here.