Hi Bill, Welcome to the forum. I think two of the reasons you're not getting much response are 1. the Windows 7 Search IS very frustrating, and 2. there has already been a lot of discussion about the various aspects of the Windows 7 Search function on the forum.
Here are a couple of great 3rd party search apps: Everything Search Engine (which searches file names only, not content) and Agent Ransack - Free File Searching Utility
And you might want to search out the Windows 7 'Search' threads here in the forum.
Meanwhile, here are some of our Tutorials to help you get started:
How to Search in Windows 7
Search - Have More Accurate Search Results
How to Change or Restore the Default Windows 7 Search Options
How to Create a Search Shortcut in Windows 7
Windows Search Advanced Query Syntax
How to Enable or Disable the Search Index in Vista and Windows 7
How to Add or Remove Windows 7 Index Locations
How to Add or Remove a File Type from the Windows 7 Index