So I've spent a lot of time perusing forums trying to figure out why Windows 7 search doesn't work for me the way it does for the guy next to me. For my current 'test' I'm trying to find the string '139854' in a directory filled mainly with plain-text files.
As it is right now if I type in '139854' in the search window a single result of 'errors.txt' appears after about 10 seconds. When I use the 'Find in Files' search dialog in MSVS2008 it takes about 30 seconds to find one instance in 'errors.txt' and one instance in 'frmerrors.h'
When my co-worker performs this same test his windows search results include both 'errors.txt' and 'frmerrors.h' and it only takes about 5-7 seconds to find them.
So far I've tried every 'common' solution (i.e. if you can find it on a forum within the first 3 pages of google results, then I tried it) and nothing seems to work. All the Windows 7 system dialogs indicate that the search should function properly. All the Windows 7 system dialogs indicate the same settings as my co-worker.
So now I'm looking for non-first-page-google-result solutions to see if one of them works.
As a final note, I have a lot of harsh opinions towards te search functionality in Windows 7, but I've tried to refrain from letting that show. That being said, I'm not looking for a third-party solution. I already have MSVS2008 and it works, but it's annoying and bothersome (the select folder dialog in MSVS2008 is particularly stupid in design).