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Windows 7: Give me the old Search !!

22 Dec 2010   #1
hubmus

Win 7 Professional
 
 
Give me the old Search !!

I'm sure that for some people, the new search in Win7 is fine, but I'm really at a loss as to why the old method (I came from XP) wasn't also offered as a User-choice.

Anyway- I want to find a SPECIFIC file. I want Windows to search for it and tell me where it resides ! (just like the search in XP). I don't want to keep guessing and trying this and guessing again ant trying that. I'm looking for,say *xyz.ext " and I don't know where it is. For goodness sake, just find it ! You know, like, just sit a wait, watching the little dog sniff and bark, and come up with it.

Cant I still do this? (I'll even give up the dog)


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22 Dec 2010   #2
James Colbert

 
 

Search does have its problems ( a search of these forums will bring back many hits), but learning the ins and outs (including AQS syntax) will go a long way toward improving your experience. These links should get you up to speed:

Windows Search - Configure and Use

Mastering Windows Search using Advanced Query Syntax

Become a Windows Search ninja with Advanced Query Syntax | Ed Bott's Windows Expertise

Windows Search Advanced Query Syntax

You don't have to learn all of the AQS syntax, but it will be helpful to learn what terms will produce the results you want.


James
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23 Dec 2010   #3
pacinitaly

windows 7 professional & ultimate 64bit laptops
 
 

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23 Dec 2010   #4
hubmus

Win 7 Professional
 
 

I am the searcher. I DON'T know where a file is. In fact, I know VERY little
about it. Maybe all I know is it has the letters "xyz" somewhere in the
the name.
I want Windows to do the work, not me.

None of these tutorials seem to get it. If this were Windows XP, I would
be able to type in *xyz.* and the search would do the rest. It would give
me a long list of ALL the files containing "xyz" in any way shape or form.
IT WAS WONDERFUL!!! Why mess with a good thing?

Isn't there a way to do this now, in Windows 7?
If not, what a shame !
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23 Dec 2010   #5
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hubmus View Post
I am the searcher. I DON'T know where a file is. In fact, I know VERY little
about it. Maybe all I know is it has the letters "xyz" somewhere in the
the name.
I want Windows to do the work, not me.

None of these tutorials seem to get it. If this were Windows XP, I would
be able to type in *xyz.* and the search would do the rest. It would give
me a long list of ALL the files containing "xyz" in any way shape or form.
IT WAS WONDERFUL!!! Why mess with a good thing?

Isn't there a way to do this now, in Windows 7?
If not, what a shame !
This has been discussed to the point that there isn't much more to say about it. You either get it and like it or you don't and got back to XP or use a third party solution. Search the board here for all the discussions about it rather than bringing up the same questions that have been asked hundreds of times before.
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23 Dec 2010   #6
pacinitaly

windows 7 professional & ultimate 64bit laptops
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hubmus View Post
I am the searcher. I DON'T know where a file is. In fact, I know VERY little
about it. Maybe all I know is it has the letters "xyz" somewhere in the
the name.
I want Windows to do the work, not me.

None of these tutorials seem to get it. If this were Windows XP, I would
be able to type in *xyz.* and the search would do the rest. It would give
me a long list of ALL the files containing "xyz" in any way shape or form.
IT WAS WONDERFUL!!! Why mess with a good thing?

Isn't there a way to do this now, in Windows 7?
If not, what a shame !

read my post again
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23 Dec 2010   #7
hubmus

Win 7 Professional
 
 

To McGyvr: Are you really reading these posts to be helpful, or do you just enjoy being negative? Why would you even spend time responding to horrible me?
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23 Dec 2010   #8
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hubmus View Post
To McGyvr: Are you really reading these posts to be helpful, or do you just enjoy being negative? Why would you even spend time responding to horrible me?
Valuable time is wasted by asking questions that have been asked over and over and over and over again. The search thing has been done to death, resurrected and done to death again.

Even on the main page of this forum, right now, there is another thread on the very same topic.
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23 Dec 2010   #9
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hubmus View Post
To McGyvr: Are you really reading these posts to be helpful, or do you just enjoy being negative? Why would you even spend time responding to horrible me?
The problem always comes down to one of two things....either the person doesn't know how to use the search, or they mucked around with tweaks and settings that shouldn't be changed. The search works wonderfully, and was one of the main reasons I rolled it out to my company, so they could find all the files and documents they have and never bothered to organize. I love the fact I can search for a person's name, and it will either find it in a document, or in an e-mail I had....it is such a time saver.
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23 Dec 2010   #10
RealPetChicken

Windows Seven Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I don't see the problem. i can search for files easily, it will bring up emails, and folders. Maybe adding more directories to your search settings?
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