Windows Search Index Database (Windows.edb) grows too large

Issue

Windows Search Index Database file located at C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Search\Data\Applications\Windows\Windows.edb is over 14GB in size at taking significant space on 120GB SSD hard drive.

Windows.edb

Resolution

To resolve the issue I rebuild the search index database. To do this navigate to Control Panel > Indexing Options > Advanced and click the Rebuild button.

Indexing Options > Advanced

When this is done Windows deletes the old Windows.edb database file and creates a new one. After indexing was completed the new database file grew only to about 2.5GB.

September 2020
Windows 10 Pro (1809)

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