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Windows 7: Search Not Working

12 Aug 2012   #1
Robert11

Windows 7 64bit
 
 
Search Not Working

Hi,

Have been doing some searches using the search box that comes up when you press the colorful button on the bottom left.

It finds nothing.
I can have folders and WORD documents on my desktop, and it always comes up now with nothing found.

If I create a test Folder, or WORD document, put on the Desktop, it won't find them.

Always used to work fine.
Only difference now is that I put in a new HD after the old one failed.
Everything else seems to work fine.

What might be wrong ?
Anything I can do or try ?

Any thoughts would be most appreciated.

Thanks,
Bob


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12 Aug 2012   #2
Sir George

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Robert11 View Post
Hi,

Have been doing some searches using the search box that comes up when you press the colorful button on the bottom left.

It finds nothing.
I can have folders and WORD documents on my desktop, and it always comes up now with nothing found.

If I create a test Folder, or WORD document, put on the Desktop, it won't find them.

Always used to work fine.
Only difference now is that I put in a new HD after the old one failed.
Everything else seems to work fine.

What might be wrong ?
Anything I can do or try ?

Any thoughts would be most appreciated.

Thanks,
Bob
Possible causes for this issue:
1. The file type of the file is not indexed
2. The file has properties that prevent it from being indexed
3. The indexer has not yet inserted the file into the index
4. The indexer is overlooking the file

Run Search and Indexing troubleshooter as a possible fix this issue;
Open the Search and Indexing troubleshooter
Open the Search and Indexing troubleshooter

This link may be of benefit;
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Improve-Windows-searches-using-the-index-frequently-asked-questions

The following is a personal preference;
I don't use the built in search function and have chosen to use a superior, in my opinion, product; Agent Ransack from MythicSoft. It is free and can be downloaded from;
http://www.mythicsoft.com/page.aspx?type=agentransack&page=home

HTH


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