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Windows 7: File Search Anomaly ?

11 Jul 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
File Search Anomaly ?

I have WIN 7 64-bit with WIN installed on my C:drive.
The file "bootmgr" exists here.
However , if I enter "bootmgr" into the Search Box nothing is shown .

Why ?


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11 Jul 2011   #2

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

Have you enabled the showing of hidden/system files?
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11 Jul 2011   #3

 
 

And, in addition to having Hidden system files showing, where are you trying the search? If from the start menu search box, it won't show. Try from Windows Explorer.
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11 Jul 2011   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FliGi7 View Post
Have you enabled the showing of hidden/system files?
Yes I do
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11 Jul 2011   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by James Colbert View Post
And, in addition to having Hidden system files showing, where are you trying the search? If from the start menu search box, it won't show. Try from Windows Explorer.
Yes I was searching using the Start Menu Search Box.

Why won't it show here?
I thought that was where you searched for everything
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11 Jul 2011   #6

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

The start menu search only searches the index. It does not search the hard drives for files. This keeps the start menu from being bogged down when you search.
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12 Jul 2011   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Thanks, I didn't know that limitation.

If you did want to search for a file , as did in this instance , where would I perform this , can you suggest ?
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12 Jul 2011   #8

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thenoo View Post
Thanks, I didn't know that limitation.

If you did want to search for a file , as did in this instance , where would I perform this , can you suggest ?
Search from the search box in Windows Explorer. If you familiarize yourself with WIn Search syntax (filters), your searches will be very effective. In example, if you search for the term bootmgr and it doesn't appear, try name:bootmgr (hidden and OS files must be showing, <LINK| of course).

Here are some links that will help:

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

Mastering Windows Search using Advanced Query Syntax

Windows Search - Configure and Use

Windows Search Advanced Query Syntax



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12 Jul 2011   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Thank you for the information and the effort. Much appreciated.
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12 Jul 2011   #10

 
 

You're welcome . It's not as complex as it may seem. The Configure and Use link above will be helpful. If you find it too cumbersome, some use the free Everything search engine, which is very fast, but limited to filename searches only. I myself prefer the versatility and shell aspect of windows search, and while not always quite as fast as other search engines, you can search on tags, contents, date, and many more criteria.

Good luck,
James
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