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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How to properly turn off Outlook / Windows Search SearchProtocolHost logging?

We've come across an unusual issue with a couple of our user's devices, where the Search Indexer is creating millions of log files, eventually filling up the the HDD and there's no more space left on ...
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Windows Search does not find files by name

I'm facing some really sublime issue with windows search index right now and really hope that someone here has a hint on how to troubleshoot, since I can not find any approaches on how to fix windows ...
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Find bad shortcut files in windows

I need to be able to find all the shortcut files on a shared network drive and get rid of any bad ones. I would prefer a basic windows search that I can look over manually and choose which ones to ...
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How to make folders appear in search results?

When I use the file search ( + F) in Windows 8.1, and use a name of a folder which is indexed, all the files in that folder appear. However, in Windows 7, the start menu search also included the ...
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Windows 8.1 search not finding programs or control panel

My problem is similar (although not identical, i.e. the solution is not the same) to the problem addressed here. In short, neither Control panels (i.e. Update, NVIDIA, Display) or Programs (in the C:\...
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Windows search using file version field

I need to find file name.dll which has version number 1.1.1 in Windows 8. Is it possible to make search according fields FIle version and Product version?
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Remove Metro results from Settings search

Is there a way to remove Metro settings (a.k.a. PC Settings) results from Settings search in Charms? Or at least, is there a way to move these results to the bottom? I know I'm not completely crazy ...
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Search-and-go in Windows CMD

I know that for file search on Windows CMD one can use the following command: dir /S /P "PATH/FILENAME" Is there an easy way to go straight to the result directory. For example, the requested file ...
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Equivalent of Windows Search Deskbar Shortcuts in Windows 7

On my previous Windows XP laptop, I made extensive use of the "Windows Search Deskbar" and specifically the shortcuts you could define in an ini file. Essentially, you could associate a path/URL/...
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windows explorer file search not working [duplicate]

When I search for files in windows explorer, it does not find any files ("No items match your search.") event though I can see the files in the directory. For example, searching for "*.h" finds ...
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Windows Explorer Advanced Search

I have a question on windows advanced search, I am running Windows 8.1 pro. I want to exclude a particular file type from showing up in the search results and I tried following these instructions but ...
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When searching in the start menu, show more than 3 matching programs

I usually search in there for programs, and files elsewhere, so for example, if I want to update windows, I'll type in update, but it only comes up with apple, desura and java, so I need to click the ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Outlook 2007: instant search not working

I have tried so many things to try to fix this problem with no results. The machine is running Windows XP SP3 with Microsoft Office 2007 Standard. What is happening is that the instant search not ...
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Debugging iFilter plug-in (PDF indexing)

I have the official Adobe x64 iFilter PDF plug-in and the FoxIt Software iFilter PDF plug-in installed, and neither one seems to be allowing me to index the contents of PDF files. So far, I've: ...
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Going directly to result page in Windows

Consider following scenario: You use windows search to find XYZ inside PDF,DOCX or DjVu files of a folder. Windows return some result. You open first file of result and again use adobe reader find to ...
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Windows Search Companion Results For Zip Files

Does anyone know if Windows Search Companion can show the filesystem path and/or actual filename of the zip file that contains the found result row? If the zip file C:\TEMP\Instance.zip contains a ...
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Windows 7 Search automatically searching federated search

I have a a federated search that searches SharePoint. When I press the windows and begin typing I want it to search my machine and the federated search. Is this possible?
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How to back up Windows 7's “Indexing Options” settings?

I'd like to back up (and be able to restore upon Windows 7 reinstall) all my heavily-customised Indexing Options settings. e.g. I have VERY customised list of file types that I have ticked in the ...
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Tool/code/extension for tagging files

There are a lot of articles on how you can tag files in Windows 7, such as: http://lifehacker.com/#!232891/tag-files-and-save-searches-in-windows-vista Furthermore there are some tools like LunarFrog,...
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List search results as normal files (instead of hyperlinks)

I have a very strange behavior on my Windows 7 x64 (upgraded from Vista). When I perform a search from a folder, the search results are displayed as hyperlinks. This means they are underlined when I ...
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Search in Windows 7 does not find items by name

I've got a small problem with the Windows 7 search: I want to search my image folders files by name. It's not in the default location under C:\Users, but it was moved properly. I've looked it up in ...
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What does “Don't use the index when searching in file folders for system files” do?

I've checked "Don't use the index when searching in file folders for system files", but I don't see a way to tell Windows 7 that I'm looking for a system file. What does this option actually do, and ...
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Can't install Windows Desktop Search 4.0

On a windows XP system, I try to download and install Windows Desktop Search 4.0 and it fails. The error I get: Windows Search 4.0 could not be installed on this system. For more details, check the ...
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How do I disable the background process of Cortana in Windows 10 without hurting Search

I don't mind if Cortana remains available, I'm not looking for uninstall, I just want to permanently disable the background process of it (as an administrator) in a way where Windows Search (start ...
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Is there a way to search the web and my own hard drive at the same time?

I have lots of PDFs and other documents on my hard drive, many of which aren't online anywhere. If I know something is online, I can use Google. If I know something is on my drive, I can use ...
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Is there a normal search in Windows 7?

Which basically mean where I could specify more than just a file name;
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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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Windows 7 Search Part of Filename

I'm trying to search for all files that contain the word "box". I get results for files that start with box, such as "box01", "boxcar" etc. But I do not get files that end with or contain the search ...
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Vista search replacment? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What search utilities can search by file name in Windows 7? Is there any way to replace the vista search function with the windows XP search assistant/tool ?
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Search for all pictures except in x directory

I am searching for "Camera:T2i" to find all of the pictures on my hard drive from my DSLR. Is there a way to exclude a certain directory (the one that I am moving them all to). That folder is very ...
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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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Why can't I find/search some files in Windows 8?

Why can't I find, via a search, some files in Windows 8? I've checked and unchecked all the usual boxes like shown below. and but it still wont find it. I'm looking for the file "idapi32.cfg" ...
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Windows 7 advanced search

I was trying to follow the answer @ http://superuser.com/questions/83594/search-folders-on-windows-7 Unfortunately, those instructions make absolutely no sense. First of all, There is no Start -> ...
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Why does Windows XP Explorer Search sometimes switch to Icons view?

I keep my Explorer View setting on Details. -- When setting my system up, I open an Explorer window, set View to Details, and then in Tools->Folder Options on the View tab I click [Apply to All ...
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Cant find computermanegment by searching in Windows 8.1

I realy loved windows 7 but i use now windows 8 and one simple thing drives me nuts. Using windows 7 i was able to to press the windows key and then just type "computermanagement" to find the ...
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Search just the apps in Windows 8.1

Is there a way to search just the applications installed in Windows 8.1? In Windows 8 I could do this but the 8.1 search is much wider scoped. I can do things like press Win+W to search settings but ...
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How to search for multiple filename extensions in Windows 8? [duplicate]

How can I search for multiple filename extensions in Windows 8? Semicolon does not work:
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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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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 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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Windows 7 Search in Start Menu

At my home, I cannot search for program in the Start Menu, neither search for services.msc or regedit in the Start Menu Search Bar. Every time I have No item match your search. When I go to the ...
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Restore Windows Search with Google Desktop Search installed

I have a win7 laptop with Google Desktop installed. I like to use BOTH windows search AND google desktop for their differing results due to my nack of losing files. However, Google Desktop has ...