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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Windows search function failed to find my file

I have a file named "Form_MS" on my hard disk somewhere in drive D. When I search for it, windows fails to find it. I even copy-pasted its name in case I'm typing it wrongly. Which files and folders ...
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How to enable Windows Search through the registry?

Enable Windows Features dialog is disabled on our VMs but I need to turn on Windows Search - is it possible to do so via the registry?
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How to index a hard drive on Windows 7?

I want to index my 2 partitions made on my Windows 7 machine for better search performance. I did however, when I was prompted to index, not do so at the time. Any other way to do this? Note: I ...
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Reset Windows (8) Indexing Options

I changed my indexing options yesterday but it seems like I messed something up. I wanted to include a directory (where I store my music - about 5800 files) and I saw some directories there which I ...
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Why does Windows 7 repeatedly re-index my system?

Windows uses an index to perform fast searches through the Windows Explorer interface. On my Windows 7 system, I want to be able to search using the interface in the upper-right hand corner of the ...
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Start Menu search is very slow in Windows 8.1

Not sure what is causing this and was wondering if anyone else had this problem with any way to fix it? It takes about 2-5 seconds after hitting the windows key and starting to type for the search bar ...
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Can't search by dollar amounts that are in filename

I have a bunch of PDF documents in a network folder that follow a similar file name structure: CompanyName - $160.99.pdf When I open the folder containing all the documents in Windows 7, I can ...
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Can windows search indexer prevent file from deleting?

I know that when windows processes open files for reading, they lock them. How does Windows indexer do that? Can it prevent the file from being deleted in addition to slowing everything down? Can my ...
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“I'm Feeling Lucky”-style behavior in Windows 8.1 search?

Is it possible to make Windows 8.1 automatically select the most relevant search result, so that I could just press Enter to execute it? Right now, I have to press down-arrow each time to select it, ...
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Windows 8.1 search charm slow, with explorer.exe CPU usage at 100%

Since upgrading to Windows 8.1 this weekend, the Search feature became pretty useless. When I start typing, it sends my CPU usage to 100% (Task Manager shows Windows Explorer as the main offender), ...
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Windows 7 search doesn’t find text strings [duplicate]

Updated: 2014-10-05 I stopped using Windows 7 indexed search since I've discovered Archivarius 3000. If you want truly accurate indexed content search, I suggest you to try Archivarius 3000. ...
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The Windows Search Service has failed to create the new search index

I got this error in Event Viewer The Windows Search Service has failed to create the new search index. Internal error <4, 0x8004117f, Failed to add project: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Search\...
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Search beyond first level of sub folders on Windows and/or Mac?

Is there a way to expand the search past the first level of sub folder? If I have sub folders a few levels deep, how can I expand my search to documents in these folders? If I have the following setup:...
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Search Windows files for a specific number of characters

I am using Windows 7. Here is what I could do with the old Windows XP search that I cannot do with Windows 7, Agent Ransack, Everythig or any of the others... Here is an example of some music files I ...
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Windows File Search doesn't work on TrueCrypt protected volumes

I have found a problem with Windows Search and my TrueCrypt volumes. My laptop is encrypted with BitLocker for system partition, and TrueCrypt 7.1a for the rest of hard drives, in order to share some ...
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Advanced search query to find single letter file extension in Windows 7

I am trying to search for all files in Windows 7 with extension ".p" and I do not want ".pdf" or ".pd". As of now, I am using "ext:p" and every file with extension p including pdf are being displayed.
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When trying to search in Windows 7 Start Menu, no related program is found

I'm using Windows 7 Ultimate. Whenever I click on the "Start" button and then in the search box type anything such as "calc", "notepad", "mstsc", etc., no related program found and nothing is launched ...
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Retrieving a Windows Directory Index

So I have a desktop with Windows 7 and I also have an external hard drive (1Tb). The usual thing happened: I accidentally dropped the drive and the data on the drive isn't backed up anywhere. The ...
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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 servcis....
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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 "L:\"?...
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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: I'...
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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 files:...
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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 ...