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Windows 7: Searching file contents?

16 Jul 2010   #1
higgins

Windows 7 x64
 
 
Searching file contents?

Hi all!

I reformatted my PC and now I'm unable to get windows built-in search to "work" again. I want to be able to search inside the (hundreds of) files using specific keywords (and to actually search the files, with no indexing bullshit). I know this is possible because I managed to make it work before, but I just can't remember how I did that.

Turning on "Always search file names and contents (this might take several minutes)" under folder options seems no to do anything at all (but I've kept it selected anyway).

Then I tried disabling indexing via computer management -> services and apps -> services -> windows search -> disable (and rebuilding the index), but that doesn't seem to accomplish what I'm after either.

Any suggestions?


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16 Jul 2010   #2
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Try this in the search box, either at Start or in "Computer" type *234033 -> where 234033 is the word you are looking for.

Search in Windows 7

Hope this helps.
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16 Jul 2010   #3
higgins

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Throwing a wild card in doesn't help to search from inside the files. I believe this must be handled through the settings or even hacks somehow, but I can't remember how I did it the last time.
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16 Jul 2010   #4
geeve420

Windows 8, Ubuntu 12.04 64bit, Pear Linux Triple Boot
 
 

Is this what you are trying to do?

Windows 7 File Search Indexing Options

Geeve
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16 Jul 2010   #5
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by higgins View Post
Throwing a wild card in doesn't help to search from inside the files. I believe this must be handled through the settings or even hacks somehow, but I can't remember how I did it the last time.
But it does come up with the same result as XP did when you chose "A word or phrase in the file".
So it just lists all the actual files that contain the word but did you want it to open the file, display the text and highlight the word? Did XP do this? Or have I got the wrong idea here?
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16 Jul 2010   #6
higgins

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mitchell65 View Post
But it does come up with the same result as XP did when you chose "A word or phrase in the file".
So it just lists all the actual files that contain the word but did you want it to open the file, display the text and highlight the word? Did XP do this? Or have I got the wrong idea here?
Not for me it doesn't. It just doesn't find content. It seems just to search the file names, but with a wild card.

Do the files need to be indexed for a content search?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by geeve420 View Post
Is this what you are trying to do?

Windows 7 File Search Indexing Options
I don't recall ever following similar steps, but thanks, I'll look into it!
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16 Jul 2010   #7
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote:
Do the files need to be indexed for a content search?
No I don't think so, it will just take longer if they are not indexed. If when you do the search it doesn't return the file names and paths then I think you need to try a sfc /scannow to see if any of your system files are missing or corrupt.
Perhaps it might be as well to wait to see if any other members agree with this, it's what I would do but I am not sure if there is a quicker solution. Can't do any harm though!
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16 Jul 2010   #8
higgins

Windows 7 x64
 
 

I've re-enabled indexing and indexed all the files I need to search. File type (.rtf) is supported by content search. Rebooted too. Still can't find contents, be it with * or without.

I apologise for the outburst, but it used to work with my old setup, dammit!
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16 Jul 2010   #9
FliGi7

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

Where are the files located? On the system drive?
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16 Jul 2010   #10
higgins

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Hot damn, that's it! I can search fine on partition C (system), but partition D proves to make the content search defunct! It's indexed and everything!

Any solutions?
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