Microsoft Windows 10 May 2020 v2004 Feature Update Contains Search Indexer Optimization Improving Performance On Legacy Hardware

Microsoft Windows 10’s next major feature update will actually help in improving the operating system’s performance on older hardware. The latest Windows 10 version 2004, also known as the May 2020 Feature Update, contains important optimizations for the Windows Search and Windows Search Indexer Tool. These optimizations will not only help bring down the intensity of disk activity but also intelligently manage the sorting of content on the storage disks.

It is a matter of mere weeks before Windows 10 OS users will be greeted with the latest Feature Update. The Windows 10 v2004 or May 2020 Update is reportedly a rather light Cumulative Update rather than a large one. However, one of the features to be included is supposed to benefit legacy hardware like the Hard Disk Drives (HDDs) which store information on spinning platters and hence are quite slower than newer SSD (Solid State Drives).

Microsoft Windows 10 Search Indexer Improvements In May 2020 Cumulative Feature Update:

It appears Microsoft wants to ensure Windows 10 works optimally even on legacy hardware. Many PC as well as laptop users have been increasingly shifting to SSDs as their primary boot drives. These are significantly faster at data write and read. Windows 10 already contains the majority of optimizations that make the OS better on SSDs. HDDs, on the other hand, are quite slow. However, they offer a lot more storage, and hence many PC users still rely on them.

With Microsoft Windows 10 v1909, there were fundamental changes within the OS, especially pertaining to the Windows Search platform and Cortana, the digital assistant. Simply put, Microsoft has completely delinked Cortana from Windows Search. With the May 2020 Update, also known as Windows 10 v2004, Microsoft has fine-tuned disk usage of Windows Search indexer to address high disk usage caused by the aggressive indexing process.

PCs and laptops with SSDs do not rely on Indexing as data storage and retrieval is quite fast. However, HDDs need Windows Search Indexing, which essentially conducts a thorough audit of the drive’s contents and maintains a record. This makes searching and retrieving information simpler and relatively quicker.

Microsoft assures that Windows Search can now better identify peak usage times and manage the Indexer tool accordingly. This optimization has reportedly been tested in real-life conditions and found to have a positive impact on everyday usage. In other words, a Windows 10 machine with the May 2020 Update feels faster even if it is equipped with a classic hard drive.

How Dows Windows 10 May 2002 Update Improve Drive Performance And Data Retrieval?

HDDs are quite larger than SSDs when it comes to data storage capacity. However, they are much slower to read and write. As a result, if users run a disk-intensive process the PC is likely to get slower and feel sluggish. Windows Search process is disk-intensive, and the indexing loop is known to cause increased load on the system drive.

The May 2020 Update addresses the issue and ensures reduced disk usage by the Windows Search process. Although SSDs are largely immune to such issues, Windows Search Indexing can still hit on PC’s performance. This is because the process can push CPU utilization and hence force programs to wait for CPU access.

Windows 10 version 2004 will throttle or completely stop any indexing activity when the user is transferring or deleting files and the SSD or HDD disk is being actively used. Windows Search’s ability to throttle indexing activity should prevent system slowdowns from occurring on both modern-day SSDs and traditional HDDs.

If that’s not enough, Microsoft has reportedly been working to improve the logic behind Windows Search. This will allow the platform to better determine when to perform the indexing of files, and improve the overall performance of the system. Simply put, Windows Search Indexing on Windows 10 from May 2020 or v2004 update should not start abruptly while the PC is being used.

Alap Naik Desai


A B.Tech Plastics (UDCT) and a Windows enthusiast. Optimizing the OS, exploring software, searching and deploying solutions to strange and weird issues is Alap's main interest.