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Windows 7: I need some help on searching for a specific .avi file

23 Jan 2013   #31

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Type ext:avi name:convert on Explorer search field (Explorer in Computer view), press Enter, when search finishes post a screenshot here showing Explorer window with search results.

I need some help on searching for a specific .avi file-search_computer_1.png

Notice please: I have understood you are searching a file called convert.avi. If that is not correct please replace convert in above instructions with the actual file we are looking for without its extension, for example name:ThisFile.

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23 Jan 2013   #32

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit

I've tried that already as well. It's not showing up. It is accessible via mplayer.exe when I run this command in cmd

cd c:\
mplayer convert.avi

then it would run as I have posted on post number 5, but whenever I search for it. The file is nowhere to be found
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23 Jan 2013   #33

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1. change your folder options to allow showing hidden files (Hidden Files and Folders - Show or Hide)

2. Go back to my previous post and do as it says once again

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24 Jan 2013   #34

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit

I've done that already, it still doesn't work
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24 Jan 2013   #35

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I am still waiting for you to post a screenshot of your search.

Instructions, including links to tutorials to show you how to make a screenshot and how to post it here, can be seen in this post; I need some help on searching for a specific .avi file

Please do it so we can continue.

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28 Jan 2013   #36

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem

try one or the other:
when it plays in media player - open he object properties - that will tell you where it "lives"

in cmd
cd \
dir /p /s /a convert.avi

/p = pause
/s = subdirectories
/a = all

If you have your drive partitioned or more than one drive, the files might "live" on another partition

cd to each prtition in a cmd prompt and execute the dir cmd until you locate it.

Windows search is very powerful, but it's more akin to a structured query.
1st make sure you open Computer
then enter
type:avi convert
into the search window - youcan use ext: or type: - both work for extentions

Windows Search - advanced tips

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