Default excluded paths

Enabling this policy allows you to specify a list of paths to exclude from indexing by default. The user may override these paths and include them in indexing. On a per-user basis this policy setting will work only if a protocol handler referencing a SID-based user scope such as MAPI is specified. File system paths that do not reference a specific SID will not be excluded from indexing if these are only specified in the Group Policy under "User Configuration." To restrict a file system path from indexing please specify the file system path to be indexed under the "Computer Configuration" Group Policy.

Policy path: 

Windows Components\Search



Supported on: 

Any version of Microsoft Windows with Windows Search 4.0 or later

Registry settings: 

HKCU\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search\DefaultExcludedPaths



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