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Windows 7: searching networked folders

13 Apr 2010   #1
robmar0se

XP Pro - Vista - windows 7 ultimate/64
 
 
searching networked folders

Hope someone could help - we have two Windows 7 PCs fully networked. We can access the folders without any issue when drilling down. We have put shortcuts on desktops which takes us to the folders we cross reference.

The problem is that when we access the client folders (via the above shortcuts) and search for a name etc it always gives us nothing, zilch, nana - to get round this we have to do the following - we really would like to find a less laborious way of doing this.
  1. Enter the search key on the appropriate searchbox, then enter/return.
  2. click on custom, then click on network, then on the PC we wish to search, then the shared folder, then any sub-folders if necessary, then search again we then find the files we wish to access. A pretty chronic process!!!!!!



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13 Apr 2010   #2
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

My suggestion would be a 3rd party app like total commander or free commander. you can use the shortcut or link directly to the drive as a mapped network drive and search from anywhere:

Total Commander is shareware and has a pop-up at the begining, but I prefer it
Total Commander - home

Free Commander is totally free
FreeCommander - freeware file manager

I dont know if these will solve your problem sorry
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13 Apr 2010   #3
robmar0se

XP Pro - Vista - windows 7 ultimate/64
 
 

Thank you for your suggestion, will give it a whirl.

However I can't believe that Windoiws 7 is as bad as this, so guess that we are missing something in the system, just hoping someone with more expereince of networking in 7 can show me the error of my ways!!
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13 Apr 2010   #4
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by robmar0se View Post
The problem is that when we access the client folders (via the above shortcuts) and search for a name etc it always gives us nothing, zilch, nana - to get round this we have to do the following - we really would like to find a less laborious way of doing this.

I just tried this and so long as you start from the computer you want to search, windoes explorer's search (top right bar) works every time... It does not, however want to search all the machines on the lan...

BTW... I have the search indexing service disabled.
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