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Indexing question

by Grimbles / July 1, 2008 9:04 AM PDT

Hi - I am running Home Premium. The other day I noticed that when opening locations, e.g. Control Panel, Computer, Videos, Music, Pictures, etc. a green progress bar was moving from left to right across the title/heading bar as if searching for something. I thought it might have had something to do with Vista's 'indexing' so I disabled this via 'services'. For 2 to 3 days the green progress bar went away but now it is back again. I went back into 'services' and the 'indexing' service remains disabled. Can anyone please tell me what is causing this, why it is happening and how to stop it.

thank you.....JIM

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(NT) Hint. It's building thumbnails.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 3, 2008 4:20 AM PDT
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Stop looking...I found it!
by Grimbles / July 3, 2008 6:37 AM PDT

Okay, I discovered what the problem was via Google search. They are calling it the 'Green Ribbon of Death'. A major cause is any corrupted image or video files. I had a saved .avi video file which once deleted fixed the problem.....it wasn't corrupted though, just wouldn't play on WMP...apparently that's enough for Vista to chuck a wobbly.

thanks....JIM

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Same happens in XP and prior versions.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 3, 2008 8:10 AM PDT

Sorry I missed it that it never ended.

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