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Windows 7: windows explorer search

20 Nov 2013   #1
Herm61

Windows 7 Home Premium (x64) Service Pack 1
 
 
windows explorer search

What am I doing wrong? I am using windows explorer to search for *.cpl and get no results.. I am trying to delete from my control panel FYI below are my search options.

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20 Nov 2013   #2
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Do you have indexing enabled on the system drive? I notice it only says to search indexed locations. Try checking all locations and see if you get hits.

Unless I have to search contents I prefer Everything Search. It gets the info right from the MFTs. Extremely fast. It doesn't tie up the HD doing indexing.
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20 Nov 2013   #3
Herm61

Windows 7 Home Premium (x64) Service Pack 1
 
 

I tried your suggestion and turned off indexing but still get no hits. I checked that *.cpl was spelled correctly.
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20 Nov 2013   #4
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

What is the root of the search? On my system if it's Dedktop it doesn't show any results for *.cpl. If it's C:\ it does. I have All Subfolders selected as option. I'm on W8 here so the placement of options may be a bit different. But there should be an option to search all subfolders.

I think you may be happier using Everything Search. Before I started using Everything Search I was using Locate32. But about the only time I use Explorer folder search is to show only the files in the current folder I want. For example *.ahk for Autohotkey scripts.

The only other thing I can think of is if Show Hidden Files and Folders is not enabled in Folder Options. It doesn't seem to make a difference in W8... and least not in this case. But it may in Windows 7.
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20 Nov 2013   #5
Sir George

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Herm61 View Post
What am I doing wrong? I am using windows explorer to search for *.cpl and get no results.. I am trying to delete from my control panel FYI below are my search options.

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I use Agent Ransack for searches and find it superior to the built-in search function. You can download it free from the following site;

http://www.mythicsoft.com/agentransack/

There are others who prefer using the built-in search function. It's your computer, so you choose what works best for you.
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21 Nov 2013   #6
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Just for grins I've enabled indexing on W8. I'll assume they have improved it. I'll let it run unless I see some performance hit from using it. I can still use Everything Search at the same time.
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21 Nov 2013   #7
4wd

W8+8.1, W7 ult+hp, XP
 
 

Am assuming you search from Windows Explorer, and selected where you want to search?
As an experiment, try extension:cpl

And am also recommending (and using) Agent Ransack, as posted above by Sir George. Am using that one for any important\detailed search.

Good luck.
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22 Nov 2013   #8
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

How is Agent RansacK? Any superlative feature? I downloaded it in the past but I didn't use it extensively. Just curious what stands out about it to make both of you enthusiastic.
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22 Nov 2013   #9
Sir George

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
How is Agent RansacK? Any superlative feature? I downloaded it in the past but I didn't use it extensively. Just curious what stands out about it to make both of you enthusiastic.
The following site provides information on several search utilities including Agent Ransack;


http://dottech.org/84686/windows-best-free-desktop-search-program/

Just to reiterate, I am not trying to convince anyone to use Agent Ransack, however, it's my preference.

HTH
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22 Nov 2013   #10
4wd

W8+8.1, W7 ult+hp, XP
 
 

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what stands out about it to make both of you enthusiastic
It finds stuff :O) wherever it's hidden. Always, easily, 100% reliable results, quick to set up parameters, no false positives etc.
Strongly prefer it to W7 search for certain things.


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