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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 ...


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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 ...


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


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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 ...


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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.


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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


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 maximumpcguides.com).


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If your objective is to retain search functionality, but not to use indexes, you need the 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 ...


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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.


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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 ...


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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 ...


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You can play with findstr. findstr /s /m searchstring *.*


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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"


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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 ...


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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 hit OK Browse to Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Search Select disable backoff, and set it to Enabled. http://codingtrek.blogspot.com/2009/10/how-to-enable-backoff-for-t.html


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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.


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


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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.


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IFilters allow Windows Search to search within file contents. Here are three popular PDF IFilters. They are ordered by search performance according to this article: Foxit PDF IFilter (commercial, fastest) TET PDF IFilter (free/commercial, fast) Adobe PDF IFilter (32-bit / 64-bit) (free, slow) After installing one, you should be able to search within PDF ...


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Adding X:\Users\[YOURUSERNAME]\AppData\Local\Packages to the index (through Indexing Options) fixes this. Alternatively you can also add the whole AppData folder as previously suggested but it seems a bit overkill to me.


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FileSeek (Freeware by Binary Fortress Software) FileSeek is a lightning fast, small and easy to use file searching application for Windows. It can even be integrated right into the Windows Explorer right-click menu to provide quick and easy access. FileSeek doesn’t use background indexing, so when FileSeek is closed your computer’s performance ...


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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 ...


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I was having the same problem and found a solution. All my code is stored under a single folder: F:\projects\ Under that folder are trees of code and related project files that total over 2GB. I constantly need to search this tree and windows Indexing has actually been an extremely useful tool for doing fast searches, so turning it off was not an option. ...


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



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