How to Disable Nuance WDS

Written by katrina matterhorn
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Microsoft Windows Desktop Search or WDS is a feature available as a taskbar in Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. Nuance WDS does consume a lot of memory to run and can cause your other applications to run a lot slower when it is used. Disable Nuance WDS with just a few simple steps.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Click "Start" and then, click "Run."

  2. 2

    Enter "Msconfig" and click "OK."

  3. 3

    Click "Services."

  4. 4

    Locate "PDFProFiltSrv." Remove the check within the box next to it to disable it.

  5. 5

    Click "OK" to apply the settings. You have now disabled Nuance WDS.

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