Windows Search is the functionality built into the Windows OS for finding files, folders and programs on a PC or in connected storage.

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Understanding Win 8's Search Function

I was looking for my resume under the MOUNDS of folders I have in my file system but couldn't locate it. I knew the file containted the word "resume" so I cracked into the robustness of the Win 8 ...
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Windows 7 Search necessary?

The first thing I do when installing Windows 7 is go to services.msc and disable all Windows search related services. The first time I installed Windows 7, I also went to remove it from Add / Remove ...
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Windowssearch.exe and shared folder

I apologize for my poor english. I would like to launch a search from the cmdline on a remote network drive indexed. If I manually insert the path,the search is successful. Something like: ...
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What adjustments should be done for a SSD?

I have recently upgraded my desktop PC and installed a SSD as system drive. I read somewhere that these drives "don't like" being written on too much and that one needs to enable/disable certain OS ...
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Can I configure windows search service only for Outlook, but NOT SearchIndexer?

Outlook 2010 seem to rely it's search features on windows search, in windows 7. I want to disable SearchIndexer.exe from indexing my hard drives, permamently. However I wish to keep the search ...
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How do I open properties box for individual services from command line or link?

services.msc lists services. Can I open the properties box for them individually, without starting services.msc? I would like a GUI control for windows search, but do not wish to keep the ...
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Why does Windows 7 Search stink like rotten meat? [closed]

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 ...
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How to view full path in search results?

I really hate the way Search Results works in Windows 7. You get something like this: ...and, wanting to see the full path (why doesn't it show you that automaticlly, either by making that column ...
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Changing default sort order in Windows 7 desktop search

If I do a search (usually, I'm looking for an email), the results are presented in date-modified order by default I can do Sort By / More... and select Date Received, then Sort By and select Date ...
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Is there any way to search within OneNote 2007 attachments

I'm starting to use OneNote (2007) more. One thing I'd like to do is take notes on papers I have read. That is, I attach, say, a PDF file, and then type in some notes about it. Sometimes I do other ...
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How can I change the default filter Windows is using for indexing file contents?

In windows every file type is indexed using specific filters. Windows give an oportunity to change between two options for each file type in Indexing Options > Advanced > File Types: Index ...
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Windows 7 Search for Content Only [duplicate]

I do not see any way to use Windows 7 search to search file content ONLY w/o it also including file names. For example, how do you search for files that contain "L:\" and only files that CONTAIN ...
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Windows command prompt find specific folder name in sub folders

Say I have a folder tree such as: C:\Users\Test\My Documents C:\Users\Test2 C:\Users\Test3\My Documents What command can I run to search through C:\Users to check which sub folders have a My ...
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How-to: Add remove locations to the Windows [Vista/7] Search Index from the command line?

Despite there being the popular GUI way of doing this from the Control Panel (Indexing Options) applet, which can also be reached through Windows Explorer > Options, I would like to add/remove ...
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Where are iFilters stored in Windows?

Windows uses iFilters for extended file search capabilities. How can I verify that a certain iFilter is installed on the computer? Is there some centralized storage location where these filters are ...
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How to open a directory in Windows 8 using Win+f?

When I'd like to open a file called duck.txt, I use the following combination of keys. win+f,d,u,enter How can I apply the technique to open a directory? Suppose there's a directory called ducks. ...
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windows 8 - strange behaviour when searching for an unpinned app

Using Windows 8, if regedit is pinned to the start screen, I can press the Windows key and type r-e-g-e-d-i-t. regedit appears from the first keypress and the other entries gradually disappear with ...
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What would cause files to be excluded from Windows Search Indexer unexpectedly?

I have a series of folders (lesson1, lesson2, etc.), and each one contains an "fla" (Flash) file for the lesson. In the parent directory, I typed "*.fla" into the search box to list all the fla files ...
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Windows XP search for files which have specfic name length

I want to look for all .txt files in a folder, which their filename starts with r and is 4 character length or lower (<=4) What's the query? (in Windows XP)
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when performing search on home directory it returns partial result

When I perform search on a phrase in my home directory, it only returns partial result. For example, if I search for the word "student" which has about 100 entries in the directory, it always returns ...
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How Windows Search determines what results to show?

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: ...
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How to force Windows 7 to find files that has the text I am searching in their name?

I remember clearly either XP or Windows 7 worked like this because. Basically if I were to search for "replace" in a folder, it shows "No files". But if I search for "*replace", then it shows 2 ...
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SearchIndexer.exe faulting on Windows 8

I've had Windows 8 running on my laptop since it went RTM, but since about 2 or 3 days ago I haven't been able to use my Windows Media Network Sharing Service to watch movies on my Xbox. I finally ...
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Does Windows 7 only index the first x characters of a file and can I change x?

I recently ran into an issue where a legacy SQL script which is required to be run to enable support for a component of our application was overwriting a more recent version of a particular stored ...
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Why is Google so much faster than a hard-drive search?

When I search a file on my HD in Windows 7 or Windows XP it takes some minutes to finish the process. If I fill in a search term in Google, the answer is on my screen in milliseconds How is it ...
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Find all videos less than x seconds in length

I have a directory (F:\video) with many subdirectories containing various .mp4 videos. Is there any way I can get a list of all the videos less than 15 seconds long? Preferably using the standard ...
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Windows 8 search with result context

Is there a way to search for PDF and Word documents in Windows 8 so that the search results display not only the file name, but also some context of where the search terms occur? A sentence around the ...
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How do you search for a file in all previous versions of a folder?

So far in my searches (one two) I've been unable to find an answer to this. Let's say I had a file somefile.abc, in folder c:\xyz, but have deleted it at some point in the past. I have Windows 7's ...
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Windows Search Limits Queries to 255 Chars. Any Way to Override This?

I run Windows 8 and have run into an issue... As you know, Windows features a "fuzzy" search, which is great for finding multiple files... However, I often have to search for multiple files using a ...
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How can I search photos by EXIF tags?

I want to be able to find a specific photo in my huge archive, so I put some tags in the EXIF header. The problem is: How can I search for a file that contains a specific tag (eg. "sky")? Can ...
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Windows 8 disable network locations from search

Using webdrive to mount external SSH/SFTP points, whenever I do a search using File Explorer / Search on Computer, explorer starts to scan these drives as well. Since I have a full ubuntu server ...
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How to search in multiple folders in Windows 7?

In Windows Vista, you could easily select multiple non-indexed locations to search in. Where has this option been moved in Windows 7?
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Do I have to index my entire C drive for Windows to find just one single file?

I want to find a file named jucheck.exe because Windows keeps asking me for permission to run this program. I understand that this is Java component that checks for new updates. But nevertheless, I ...
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Search in windows control panel lose focus after typing one character

When I open windows' control panel, click the search bar and start typing, it always lose focus after typing in one character. If I click it again to regain focus, the problem wouldn't happen again. ...
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How can I see the available Windows Search Filters?

I've often wondered how to use Windows Search Filters. The available documentation is extremely limited, but its potential uses are quite large. When I type something, the only search filters I see ...
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Windows 8: Search entire computer?

I am running Windows 8. I would like to search the entire harddrive for a file named cookies.sqlite. I am searching for files which belong to a missing Firefox profile. If I open the Charms Bar, ...
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How can I search all of my computers from one computer?

Is there any way to search through the files of multiple computers from one computer? I want to find a way to search all of my files, which are on three different computers, from one computer. I have ...
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Window 8 Search Can't Find Files in Libraries

When I search for files under Libraries or any of its subdirectories, no results are returned. Here is a screenshot demonstrating the problem: Here is a screenshot showing the current search ...
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where is indexes stored in NTFS when enable it?

When we enable indexing in NTFS Partition, where is saved? How many bits were used? MSDN says: Several new NTFS5 features rely on a fundamental NTFS feature called attribute indexing. For ...
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Bug?: Windows Explorer search file extension aware

Can someone explain why I cannot find files with certain file extensions? The repro steps are below. Create Folder. Create TXT file with the following text. <root /> Use Windows Explorer to ...
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Searching for files in Windows Server 2003 matching one of multiple words

I need to search through a disk with lots of files for any documents (PDF, DOC, DOCX, XLS, etc.) that have a file name matching one or more of a couple hundred of words. The built-in search tool is ...
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How to search only the filename for a substring in Windows?

Following on from this question, I'd like to know whether Windows Search also shares the same shortcomings, or whether it is possible using Advanced Query Syntax to search for a substring in the ...
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Windows 8 Modern UI searching in files doesn't work

I have a problem with my search in Windows 8. When I search through the Modern UI style (WinF) for files, it won't return a single result from none of my drives. Searching via Windows Explorer works ...
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Is it possible to make Windows 8 searches more advanced? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I use wildcards in Windows 8 search? I know that I can easily search for a document -- provided I can remember what I named it or a non-common word it contains -- by ...
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Is there a way to access recent files in Windows 8? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a windows 8 equivalent of ‘Recent Items’/‘My Recent Documents’? Is there a way to access recent files in Windows 8? It's one of the most-used/needed features ...
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Windows search, you should know that .flv files are videos

Windows Search does not appear to recognize flash video files as being video. I frequently use Windows search to filter files in a folder. Occasionally I want to look for newly download video files ...
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Add an app to the Windows 8 app menu

If you go to start, then search in Windows 8, you see a list of applications (both desktop and Metro). Many of the (desktop) applications I have running on my PC are not listed here however, because ...
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How can I search my Windows 7 machine for all files with alternate data streams?

I'm interested to see if any files on my system have any ADS (NTFS Alternate Data Stream). At least the build-in file search on Window 7 Starter doesn't seem to have this option. Is there a way with ...
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Is it possible to remove an app's results from Modern UI search on the start screen?

How can I remove all search items (for example emails) from a particular pre-installed Modern UI app when searching by typing on the start screen?
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Searching inside files in Windows 7

Yes, I've read other similar questions and no, none of the answers work for me, so I ask again: How do I search for a string inside ALL files in Windows 7 with indexing turned OFF? Is it possible? ...