Fix Windows.edb file size too large issue in Windows 8

Windows.edb is a Windows database file for indexing service. Sometimes, due to corrupt files and nature of Windows system files operation, its file size may grow very large, in fact as large as 50GB! This is obviously not good, it needs a fix.

Windows Index

First thing to do in such scenarios is to delete the index, and rebuild it. Microsoft has released a fix to this issue in the KB2836988 update, which can be downloaded via below link:

Download KB2836988 update 

This update is also available by Windows update, so if you have Windows Automatic Update turned ON, then your PC already has this update installed. Proceed to next step to delete and rebuild Windows index, which fixes the Windows.edb file size problem.

How to delete and rebuild Windows Index

1. Launch charms by moving the mouse to the lower-right corner of the screen, and then click “Search”.

2. In the search box, type “indexing options”.

3. Click “Indexing Options”.

Launch Indexing Options

Launch Indexing Options

4. Click “Advanced”.


Indexing Options

Indexing Options

5. Click “Rebuild” located in Troubleshooting section of the “Index Settings” tab. It says “Delete and rebuild index”.

Advanced Indexing Options

Advanced Indexing Options

6. Click OK.

Finally, go to “C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Search\Data\Applications\Windows” and check the Windows.edb file size, it is normally below 500MB.

Windows.edb Path

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Kiran Kumar

Hi there! Kiran Kumar is an Engineer by profession, and loves blogging primarily on Microsoft Windows operating system and also enjoys reviewing software and products. Currently, he is exploring Windows 10 and you will see a lot of articles on know-how about it. When he is not writing for TWP, he enjoys time with his Family, listens to lot of music, enjoys Biking, and occasionally plays racing games on Xbox One.

  • Alex Mates

    What if this happens in Windows 8.1 even tough i have the update package installed ?