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I am on a Windows network and would like to search for files and folders across all the shared folders in the network.

What is a good software/tool that can do this?

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Here are two free utilities that claim the ability to search local and shared files.

See also this article : neoSearch: Index & Search Shared Folders On The Network

Why neoSearch? Because it the most simplest lightweight search tool available today. What I like the most is the fast indexing speed and the real-time search results, which according to the developer, are displayed in less than 0.01 seconds after you type a keyword or hit Enter.

LAN Search Pro – Free network file locator

LAN Search Pro is a powerful utility for fast file searching across your LAN. You can search for specific file names or for specific file types (e.g. all MP3 files). LAN Search Pro provides a lightning fast search engine and includes the ability to search hidden network resources, restricted access resources, IP subnets, LAN FTP servers and much more. It comes with a built-in password manager to store your network logins for resources with restricted access. Besides the file searching capabilities, LAN Search Pro offers features that allow you to perform actions on the found items – copy, move, rename etc. Additional features include result sorting, filtering, export, search within results, minimize to tray, and more.

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The excellent Everything searcher.

To search a networked computer you will need to run Everything on both computers. One computer will need to Start an ETP server. The other computer will need to connect to that ETP server.

May or may not suit your requirements.

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This, unfortunately doesn't work because I don't have write access to install Everything on the other computers in the network. I only want to search for shared files on these computers that are there on the network. – Nikhil Kashyap Apr 5 '10 at 8:33

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