In an attemp to get rid of all the paper clutter that I receive each day, I started scanning and ORCing all my important documents last year. I was using Windows Desktop Search on Vista to index my "Administrative" folder in which I keep all these scanned documents, to be able to quickly retreive them when needed.

I upgraded to Windows 7 RTM recently (I got the x64 Pro version, via the MSDN-AA channel of my university). Since then, it seems that the content of the PDFs is not indexed anymore.

For example, I have the warranty for my GTX260 graphic card. In the PDF, using Acrobat Reader, I can search for the string "GTX260" and it finds the relevant lines. However, if I perform the same search in the folder containing the PDF, nothing is found.

I checked in the indexing options, the folder is supposed to be indexed.

  • When the PDF iFilter 9 for 64-bit platforms is installed on Windows 7 (version 9 does not officially support Windows 7) that the filter searches text in only some PDF files. Adobe... a new filter please!
    – user43304
    Jul 19, 2010 at 16:25

2 Answers 2


The problem is that there is no x64 IFilter for Adobe PDF documents installed. You may want to get the official Adobe x64 IFilter.

The Foxit IFilter is also an option but depending on the scenario you may need to purchase it.

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    Thanks for the link to the official filter ! It's the one I used.
    – Wookai
    Nov 7, 2009 at 17:59

There's no IFilter for PDF included with Windows. I might be wrong, but I don't think there's one included with Acrobat Reader either. You could try the FoxIt IFilter. It's free. Just installing FoxIt Reader will do the trick, I think.


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