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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)

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closed as unclear what you're asking by AthomSfere, grawity, Bon Gart, slhck Jul 12 '13 at 17:48

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I think the question should be: "What is wrong with your machine?" as I can say my Windows 7 searches all work great. –  AthomSfere Jul 12 '13 at 17:18
.......Because it's a Microsoft product? cough cough –  ForeverWintr Jul 12 '13 at 17:20
I just got close to my computer and tried smelling it. After not smelling any sort of meat, fresh or rotten, I tried tasting Search. I must say, tasted like old cucumbers. –  kobaltz Jul 12 '13 at 17:25
This question has been discussed many times here. A simple search on the site should help you find alternatives, e.g. superuser.com/questions/135423/… –  snowdude Jul 15 '13 at 8:39

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The search functionality in Windows 7 is actually among the best I've noticed throughout Windows' history. If I remember correctly, a search in XP took a good 5 minutes before anything even remotely relevant was returned.

If you're finding the search to be too cumbersome then use a third-party application.

I've been using Everything (from void tools) for about a year now and it does a much better job than any other search function Microsoft has ever bundled with their OSs.

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I do not think you used the search facilities ... )) –  STTR Jul 12 '13 at 17:48

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