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Windows 7: File Search in Windows 7 is Unreliable

01 Jan 2012   #11
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

You might want to modify your index settings. As I recall, most of the program folders aren't included in the index by default. It's primarily the Libraries. The default is also set to exclude file content and user App Data.

You can get to the index options via the Control Panel.


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01 Jan 2012   #12
Beachie

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JimLewandowski View Post
Indexing will slow down when you are doing something. Sure the head on the disk will be moving possibly away from where your activity/work is.
Indexing will definitely slow down, but when you're working with large files the "fragmented" behaviour of the head is very noticable.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JimLewandowski View Post
I've tried searching on various things and it seems to work for me.

*slash*

returns filenames with *slash* in them, as well as documents/emails/etc that have the word *slash* INSIDE them.
Unfortunately it doesn't work for me on any of the hundreds of computers I work with. Even today, some 24 hours after I deleted a file, I'm still seeing it in my search results, yet I'm not seeing the other eight files that should match my search.
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01 Jan 2012   #13
Beachie

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by carwiz View Post
You might want to modify your index settings. As I recall, most of the program folders aren't included in the index by default. It's primarily the Libraries. The default is also set to exclude file content and user App Data.

You can get to the index options via the Control Panel.
Hi carwiz,

The folder is definitely indexed (and reindexed), and has been for over a year.
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01 Jan 2012   #14
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

What's the file count noted at the top of your index options? If you have folders that are highly active, you should exclude those folders from indexing. Indexing occurs in the background and can be slow to update. In the case of active programs, Superfetch may serve you better.

I don't understand your process of having to search for the same files all the time. If this is the normal course of your activities, perhaps a desktop shortcut to the file(s) would be better.
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01 Jan 2012   #15
JimLewandowski

 
 

How highly active could anyone's folders be re: metadata changes or contents changes to actually keep the indexer busy. I have all my emails (2Gig worth) indexed. When I start WLMail, after downloading new emails, if I go to CP > Indexing Options they're already indexed by the time I get there.

I haven't tried deleting an indexed file (or folder) and seeing immediately if Start ORB > Search still shows it for X amount of time until the indexer gets updated.
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01 Jan 2012   #16
Qdos

 

With over 4Tb of data on my system, many being relatively small files (eg; 60,000 mp3 tracks, numerous small office/PDF type documents, etc) I have proven that Windows Search is absolutely unfit for purpose. The "Everything" search utility simply does what Windows cannot at all, in a few microseconds, and you can use numerous wildcard options with it.

It saves me literally hours and hours every week I'm using the system.
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01 Jan 2012   #17
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

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How highly active could anyone's folders be re: metadata changes or contents changes to actually keep the indexer busy.
Changes don't affect the indexing--Adding and deleting files does. I though that was what you stated was a problem. (Deleting a file and it still shows up.) Folders that are constantly dynamic shouldn't be indexed. This is what I mean by highly active.
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01 Jan 2012   #18
JimLewandowski

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by carwiz View Post
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How highly active could anyone's folders be re: metadata changes or contents changes to actually keep the indexer busy.
Changes don't affect the indexing--Adding and deleting files does. I though that was what you stated was a problem. (Deleting a file and it still shows up.) Folders that are constantly dynamic shouldn't be indexed. This is what I mean by highly active.
That was not the OP. Changes must affect indexing if the contents of those file types (.extension) are modified. I just inserted a word in a .bat file (directory is indexed - i.e. Libraries) and immediately upon saving and going to search, I can find that file via that word search.

I just deleted a .bat file that had a unique WAIT:200 inside of it. Going immediately to Search no longer shows that file upon searching for WAIT:200.

If indexing is caught up, it's virtually immediate (short of blasting some word replace script or something to changes tons of files at once).
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01 Jan 2012   #19
koolkat77

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10 Home 64Bit
 
 

you may check if any of these options need to be changed with what you search.
you could also try disabling search and enabling it..i'm guessing sometimes it needs to be refreshed.
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01 Jan 2012   #20
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Quote:
That was not the OP.
Ah, ok--My mistake. If "Content" is indexed then yes but I don't think that's the default setting. You can even disable/enable file types in the index too. This line of posts just sounds like someone complaining about getting blue screens after overclocking and blaming Windows. I'll sit out the rest because I have no idea what the OP has set for index options. I was just trying to enlighten about some of the attributes. My index count is over a million items and I don't have a problem either.
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