I haven’t done a ton of testing with Windows Search but the goal is to rival Google Desktop application that allows you to easily search directories and files on your computer. I have installed and tested each of these on my laptop and quickly uninstalled each. Currently my laptop has 2GB of RAM and a 1.2GHz processor and at this point just not enough power to handle either application. I have yet to try it on one of my desktops with a more powerful processor and more RAM however I still don’t think it would be worth the processing and memory cost. After uninstalling Windows Search my Outlook and Internet Explorer applications were immediately much faster.
Windows Search and Google Desktop provide a great service on your PC which is to put all the information at the click of a button. No more waiting around or trying to find information instead you can type in text into a search field and have it display as quickly as Google might provide you results for searching for something online. Again the problem is the power it takes to constantly update that data. If you had a PC that just crunched that data all the time and then only provided you the results then it would definitely be very beneficial. At this point I would recommend against Google Desktop and Windows Search unless having all of your applications being slow is worth being able to locate files/folders immediately on your PC.
If anyone has thoughts or suggestions relating to Windows Search and/or Google Desktop please reply with a comment. I would love to find a way to run either one if it did not affect my overall performance.