Windows search used to be pretty good - not great, but good. Now it's gone downhill (in Windows 7, that is; it's a lot different but good again in Windows 8; I use W7 at work, though).
When I search for something in Windows 7 via Windows key+F, then enter what I'm searching for, it usually tells me in a nanosecond it wasn't found. I then do the "Search the Computer" option, and it searches "forever" for the item - it never gets to the end of its search. Is there a way to tweak this or a suitable alternative to searching the hard drive on Windows 7 machines?
("apologies" to Langston Hughes for the title of the post/question)