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Google is not searching the internet: it is searching an index. Google has huge server farms which are constantly scanning and indexing the internet. This process takes a lot of time, just like the search of your unindexed hard drive. In Windows 7, there is an option to index your hard drives. This process takes some time at first but once it is up and ...


To get to the Indexing Options: Start --> Control Panel --> Indexing Options See Change advanced indexing options for more information. If you click on the Advanced button in Indexing Options and go to the File Types tab, you will get a list of file types and the way they are indexed. For the file types you want, you can specify that you want the file ...


I've always gotten better performance when searching inside files by using a GREP tool. I'm a fan of AstroGrep.


I believe you can also just enter "content:blahblah" in the search filter box in upper right corner of Windows Explorer. This works at least for Text files and Office documents. It also works for source files.


Google is like searching the yellow pages for an address (indexed). Windows search is akin to driving around checking numbers on buildings (non-indexed). Another analogy would be looking through a well organized library and card catalog, or just sorting through an unorganized pile of books every time. Fundamentally it's all the organizational work done ...


From the Windows Search Advanced Query Syntax page, use the following search items: To restrict by file type Use Example ------------------------ --- ------- Folders folders kind:folders Folder name foldername foldername:mydocs


You can play with findstr. findstr /s /m searchstring *.* Options description: /S Searches for matching files in the current directory and all subdirectories. /M Prints only the filename if a file contains a match.


If your objective is to retain search functionality, but not to use indexes, you need to set up the following situation: Turn off the indexing (to prevent an index being produced). Delete the existing index (to prevent windows from using the index during searches). Avoid re-enabling indexing. Optional: enable the searching of file contents. Turning off ...


Don't bother for the checkbox "Allow files on this drive...". Even if it's checked, if the service is disabled, Windows won't index anything at all. If you want, you can completely uninstall Windows Search, as explained in this tutorial (at


Google's business is search (and serving up Ads) and it's very focused on that. There are number of things that Google does to ensure data is returned to you very fast: First it uses MapReduce and PageRank to generate a comprehensive index of the World Wide Web. It updates this regularly so the results are fresh. That index is distributed and replicated ...


One of the more recent builds (10162) supports doing this through the standard search interface. Simply click in the windows search text box, click the "Gear" icon, and use the slider below the text "Search online and include web results".


There is a setting in the group policy for the computer, so you don't have to manually edit the registry. Open run dialog: Win+R Type "gpedit.msc" and select OK Browse to Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Search Select "Disable indexer backoff", and set it to Enabled. This setting will not take effect until the service ...


IFilters allow Windows Search to search within file contents. Here are three popular PDF IFilters†: Foxit PDF IFilter (commercial) TET PDF IFilter (free/commercial) Adobe PDF IFilter (32-bit / 64-bit) (free) After installing one, you should be able to search within PDF files in the same way that you can for other types of files. †:This article from ...


About 4 years ago I also asked myself the same question. But as I googled around doing my research I eventually read that besides the fact that they hire the best of the best to come up with some of the most sophisticated search algorithms and all of that. One of the key design they used is similar to the idea of map reduce I think. You have a lot of cheap ...


At prompt type: dir /S /P "Path\FileName" If you want to save the results in a text file: dir /S "Path\FileName" > "Path\ResultFilename"


OK, I hope this helps for people who are having problems with Windows 7 Search in Google Drive folder. After a few days of playing around, finally got windows search to work and best of all, search inside files(e.g. word, excel) works too! make sure security permissions for 3 users (specifically the SYSTEM group) are given FULL access to Google Folder. I'm ...


According to this MSDN article: Support and Q&A for Solid-State Drives You don't have to disable the following features manually. Windows 7/8 automatically disables them if a SSD is detected: Disk defragmentation Superfetch ReadyBoost Prefetching You don't have to set up a correct alignment. Windows 7/8 will use a proper offset if you have ...


Google uses an extremely sophisticated indexing system, parallel operations, and a number of load balancing techniques not available to a standard standalone computer. there is really very little similarity between a web search and a hard disk file search, and google optimizes heavily for their specific use cases.


Control panel->indexing->advanced->rebuild I've seen several similar questions and as far as I know there's no way to reindex just one directory. Would be great if someone could prove me wrong though.


This is a known issue in Windows 8.1. To fix it, add the AppData folder from your user account back to the Search index.


The previous two answers show you how to disable Windows search altogether. This also causes search boxes in various places to disappear, most notably the search box on the bottom of the Start menu and the search box at the top right of file explorers. Personally, I like the search box in various places, I just don't want an indexing process to be running ...


No, there isn't. Recall the blog post for designing search on the Start Screen: Searching via the Start menu has continued to evolve with each release. The Windows 8 Start search experience builds on top of search features available in Windows 7 and provides a unique view for each of the three system groups - Apps, Settings and Files. These search result ...


I ran into this same issue and tried just about everything under the sun to fix it and ended up giving up and reinstalling. My friend recently ran into the very same issue (ONLY things from the new settings panel not showing in search results either from start search or directly from settings), and he said this fixed it for him: %LOCALAPPDATA%\Packages\...


I've analyzed a xperf trace that an user gave me on technet, and the fix is to add the AppData folder, which is part of your Userprofile, back to the Search-Index.


Windows 7 search is actually not all that bad once you learn some key words. Windows 7 search uses Advanced Query Syntax (more options described here) It sounds like you want to do some very basic search functions. Here are some examples. The following searches for files larger than 8 MB with a name containing the text "filename", having the extension ....


Summary from this page limit what folders are indexed update your Windows Search to version 4.0 (But only if Windows Updater hasn't already done) HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search\DisableBackoff set the value to 1 if you are on a non-domain joined computer on domain joined computer, edit your group policy and set Disable indexer ...


Check your folder options. Be sure "Find partial matches" is checked. Control Panel -> Folder Options


Agent Ransack is always worth a look. It's free, fast, good reputation, and doesn't use indexing.


use the /b switch to dir to print full path might be helpful. say, C:\ > dir /b /s *file*.* still, you can filter the result with find or for, and redirect output to file with >filename

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