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1. Extensible Storage Engine database page file.

The Extensible Storage Engine (ESE) is a multi-user, indexed table manager. It is a database format used by a number of Microsoft Windows applications and components. The typical file extension of the database page file is .edb.

This is the file format used by Microsoft Exchange, Windows Update, Windows search and some other windows components.

For more information see:

2. Microsoft Exchange Server database file. Used by Microsoft Exchange server to manage emails and other user data associated with Exchange. Exchange uses (separate) .edb files to manage both its public and private stores.

For each .edb file there should be an accompanying .stm file.

3. Windows Update data store file. File used by Microsoft Window "Windows Update".

The file typically used by Windows Update is:


Windows update can generate some temporary files, typically named similar to:


but be aware that there may be other files in that folder which are not temporary files.

4. XEphem database file.

For more information see:

5. Windows Search index database file.

The Windows search service maintains a database (using ESE), which is called Windows.edb and is located in the folder %ProgramData%\Microsoft\Search\Data\Applications\Windows, so typically C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Search\Data\Applications\Windows or C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\Search\Data\Applications\Windows depending on the version of Windows. If the Windows Search service is stopped then this file can be deleted (together with the .log files which go with it), but it will be recreated automatically when the Windows Search service next starts and it will then take the service a little while to rebuild the file. Options associated with the Indexing service and the Windows.edb file can be found under "Indexing Options" in Control Panel.

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