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Windows 7: Win 7 x64 Start Menu Search Is Not Searching Documents


17 Nov 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Win 7 x64 Start Menu Search Is Not Searching Documents

Hello,

I recently formatted my system and am having some issues with the start menu search... it does not appear to be searching any of my documents. I get email, favorites, items on my desktop, but no file or folder in my documents folder.

Indexing is turned on for my documents. When I click SEE MORE RESULTS on the start menu search the results window immediately loads and shows me the files I am looking for so I know they are indexed.

I have tried rebuilding my index several times.


Any ideas?

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17 Nov 2012   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

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17 Nov 2012   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MikeOrlando02 View Post
Hello,

I recently formatted my system and am having some issues with the start menu search... it does not appear to be searching any of my documents. I get email, favorites, items on my desktop, but no file or folder in my documents folder.

Indexing is turned on for my documents. When I click SEE MORE RESULTS on the start menu search the results window immediately loads and shows me the files I am looking for so I know they are indexed.

I have tried rebuilding my index several times.


Any ideas?
I don't use the Windows Search feature, I found it to be less than satisfactory. I use a 3rd party software product, Agent Ransack from Mythicsoft. It is free and provides better functionality, in my opinion. You can download it from;

http://www.mythicsoft.com/page.aspx?type=agentransack&page=home

HTH
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18 Nov 2012   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Thanks for the suggestion.

One thing that I did notice is that on the start menu search the files are do see at under Files. I think I found a work around solution based on a MS Hotfix.

There is a way to get Windows to search non-indexed files on the start menu search. I don't understand why this is necessary as my documents are indexed; however it did work.

In HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\SearchPlatform\Preferences

Create a 32-bit D-word EnableSearchingSlowLibrariesInStartMenu and set that equal to 1.

Then restart the Windows Search Service or Windows and now when I search in the start menu search I see my document files under a Documents heading and not Files.

Not sure why the files that I have indexed and re-indexed are not showing on the start search, but this appears to work for me.
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18 Nov 2012   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MikeOrlando02 View Post
Thanks for the suggestion.

One thing that I did notice is that on the start menu search the files are do see at under Files. I think I found a work around solution based on a MS Hotfix.

There is a way to get Windows to search non-indexed files on the start menu search. I don't understand why this is necessary as my documents are indexed; however it did work.

In HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\SearchPlatform\Preferences

Create a 32-bit D-word EnableSearchingSlowLibrariesInStartMenu and set that equal to 1.

Then restart the Windows Search Service or Windows and now when I search in the start menu search I see my document files under a Documents heading and not Files.

Not sure why the files that I have indexed and re-indexed are not showing on the start search, but this appears to work for me.
OK, glad you found a solution.
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