In my downloads folder I have a file called
PB_2.22_b006.zip. If I go to that folder in Vista Windows Explorer, and then type
pb* or anything like that in the search box, it doesn't find that file. Why?
File searching in Vista and (and probably Windows 7 though I'm not sure) works differently to that in XP and older versions.
Now, here's a bit of opinion backed up by several other commenters on the web...
Windows searches only for those file types registered for the "search" operation.
If you are familiar with the command line I would suggest using "dir file_to_search /a /s" or using alternative software like Locate32 (http://www.locate32.net/).
I have stopped using the Windows Search thing since 2000/2001 :) :P
Windows XP search ALSO behaves wrong, although the search in Vista and Windows 7 is even worse.
For example, in Windows XP I made this search:
Word or phrase (sentence?) in file: MediaPlayer
Where to look for: S:\
Windows XP search only finds two files:
MediaPlayer_TLB.pas - in Folder S:\d7comp\activex\msplayer64 MediaPlayer_TLB.pas - in Folder S:\d7comp\activex\Wmp64
My own FindFile.exe (this is a self made application programmed using Delphi 7) instead finds 23 files using the same search criteria !
One of those 23 is S:\d7app\Testapps\msplayer1\msplayerMF.pas
This (text, source code) file begins like this:
uses Windows, Messages, SysUtils, Variants, Classes, Graphics, Controls, Forms, Dialogs, StdCtrls, OleCtrls, MediaPlayer_TLB;
type TForm1 = class(TForm) MsMediaPlayer1: TMsMediaPlayer;
On line 7, as part of the "uses" clause, you can see: MediaPlayer_TLB
My own FindFile.exe corretly finds the keyword "MediaPlayer" even when it is immediately followed by "_TLB". But for some odd reason Microsoft's search utility gets confused about that "_TLB" and fails to find that file.
I cannot understand why Microsoft's programmers failed to implement the search function properly.