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Windows 7: Is Win 7 Search serious ?


13 Mar 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Is Win 7 Search serious ?

Hi all. I have moved on to Windows 7 Ultimate x64 from Windows Vista Ultimate x64 and I need help using the built-in windows Search to find specific folder/files etc.

I mean is this some sort of joke ? Am I missing something ?? Please tell me how to find a specific file or folder using Windows 7 Search. Where are the "advanced search options" ??

In Vista it's simple, I click on search files or folders, type exactly what I'm looking for OR part of the name, I click on "advanced search" tell it where to search and it never fails.

Did we just go backwards ??
Please let me know so I can totally disable the Windows 7 search altogether and install a 3rd party Search program.


Thanks,
Ash.

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13 Mar 2010   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

The advance search you speak of is all in the search box.
"term path:C:\someplace\somewhere"

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/pro.../advquery.mspx
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13 Mar 2010   #3

Windows 7 Home Prem x32
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
The advance search you speak of is all in the search box.
"term path:C:\someplace\somewhere"

Windows Search Advanced Query Syntax

Thank you for the link
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13 Mar 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

logicearth thanks for the link, however I did come across that page while searching on the net and thought there's got to be an easier way as with Vista it was much less hassles.

Why doesn't it mention Windows 7 on the page ?? Only mentions "Once you have Windows Search for Windows Vista or Windows XP, you might be wondering how you can be even more efficient when it comes to finding files...."

So if I want to search for exactly "asacpi.sys" and I want to include only the C: drive and it's System files, Hidden files/folders, what is the easiest way to do this on Windows 7 ??

On Vista I just click Advanced Search (with System hidden files/folders enabled), highlight my C: drive, type the exact name and BANG.

Thanx for your replies,
Ash.
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13 Mar 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

im sorry if im missing the point here, but supersearch doesnt need that... as logic earth said, if you type c:\asacpi.sys it will find it....
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13 Mar 2010   #6

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

I still dislike the fact that as far as I can tell you cannot search for all file types.
I had a picture somewhere on my pc that I could not find ( not in the pictures library. In xp I would
just search for all pics. It would bring them all up and I could look through the thumbnails until I found what
I was looking for . No way to do that in 7 from what I can see. correct me if I am wrong though
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13 Mar 2010   #7

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Simba1 View Post
...I was looking for . No way to do that in 7 from what I can see. correct me if I am wrong though
"kind:picture" or "type:image" or "ext:jpg OR ext:png"

Do it at My Computer, if you do it from within a drive "C:" it will limit the scope to that drive.
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26 Mar 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
The advance search you speak of is all in the search box.
"term path:C:\someplace\somewhere"

Windows Search Advanced Query Syntax
Good tip. Thank you.
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26 Mar 2010   #9

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Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

To get most of the search, don't forget to enable Natural Language Search in Folder Options > Search.

Use Natural Language to Search your Windows 7 System

Kari


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26 Mar 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

In order to find the "advanced search" similar to what you are used to in Vista or XP, just go ahead and type your query in the search window in the Start menu. If such file exists in indexed locations, then of course the results would just pop-up right away, but we're assuming you're searching for something else. Then after you type your query, you hit enter and an Explorer-like window will appear with the statement "No items match your results". But right under it will give you some options to search again. What you are looking for is "Custom". Click on that and you will see a small window which will allow you to select locations to search. This will then search everything you point it to. It will at some point suggest you include these locations in the index, but you don't have to do that.
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