What is the precise behavior of Windows Search? Is it searching for only files it considers documents? Or only in some directories, no matter what root directory was specified by the user?
Example: I'm searching for "msbuild" from "C:\". Windows Search finds:
a bunch of "MSBuild.exe.log" in the local settings from the previous Windows installation ("C:\Windows.old\Users\…").
a bunch of "MSBuild.exe.log" in a directory it's unwilling to show the name; I haven't verified all of them, but I checked some, and the directory points again to the local settings of the previous Windows installation, just a different user.
The following directories or files are missing from the search results, while being in C:\ and having sufficient permissions to be read:
- C:\Program Files\MSBuild
- C:\Program Files (x86)\MSBuild
Why Windows Search is unwilling to show those files? What is the criteria? Is there a way to show all the matches in search results?
Note: when Windows Search receives some help from the user, it works as expected. For example searching "msbuild" from "C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework" shows the results. Weird.