I'm just curious about why Spotlight on a MacBook is so fast to get results compared to Windows 7 Search?
Are there any fundamental differences between them?
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I haven't got a Mac, so it's hard to be unbiased. What I do have is a video showing how to search between the two.
It's only speculation, but I think the speed differences between the two really come down to what they index out of the box, and the 'user experience' (what they display initially).
Out of the box, the Windows Indexing Service will only search in the user's documents. Spotlight on the other hand, will search in the user's documents and applications folder. This seems to explain why there's a speed difference between the two services in the above video when searching for applications, but slightly less when searching for the file they created.
As for user experience; when you type something initially in Windows, it seems to filter out everything irrelevant and attempts to focus its results into as few things as possible. The immediate perception is that Windows is slow because it doesn't display results immediately, instead favouring accuracy.
When Spotlight does it, it throws everything at you and filters it down as you continue searching. The instant bombardment of information, regardless if it's useful or not, gives the perception that Spotlight is faster, because it gives you results immediately.
a good portion of macs use SSD so they can access there info faster, now if you installed a SSD on your 7 pc it should be able to run just as fast