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Windows 7: How to replace the integrated Windows search

03 Mar 2010   #1
Opportunitor

Windows 7 Ultimate (64 Bit) - Version 6.1
 
 
How to replace the integrated Windows search

Hi there

I'm getting completely tired of the default search function within W7. Too simplified and not so reliable as MS pretends. Gonna find specific data easily in XP while W7 displays 'nothing found' Very disturbing for the more advanced user.

After running and testing Windows 7 Ultimate for two months I want to change several OS-functionalities.

First, how to replace the integrated Windows search?
Since I deinstalled the Windows Search completely, no program has longer linked to the search:-command. How can a third-party tool like SearchMyFiles be nested within Windows 7? So when I hit [Windows]+F then SearchMyFiles will be launched"?

What I also want to achieve is:
- to re-store the good old XP-based search;
- a search workaround which only will start searching by e.g. hitting enter (and not immediate while typing text);
- preserve the (real 'as is') shell folder structure while and after searching (instead of breadcrumb paths).


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03 Mar 2010   #2
WalkerA WinTeam

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) *** Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), OSX 10.6
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Opportunitor View Post
How can a third-party tool like SearchMyFiles be nested within Windows 7? So when I hit [Windows]+F then SearchMyFiles will be launched"?
If SearchMyFiles has an .exe, you can launch it using Ctrl+Alt+F according to this:
Create keyboard shortcuts to open programs -- Not sure but maybe that can be reconfigured to support the Windows key instead. Otherwise, here's an app that binds programs to Windows key + whatever: qliner hotkeys - The keyboard is back... -- Hopefully it works in Windows 7.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Opportunitor View Post
- a search workaround which only will start searching by e.g. hitting enter (and not immediate while typing text)
See my post here: Disable automatic search start (as you type) ?

Please let me know if any of this helps!

Cheers,

Walker
Windows Outreach Team
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03 Mar 2010   #3
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Opportunitor View Post
Hi there

I'm getting completely tired of the default search function within W7. Too simplified and not so reliable as MS pretends. Gonna find specific data easily in XP while W7 displays 'nothing found' Very disturbing for the more advanced user.

After running and testing Windows 7 Ultimate for two months I want to change several OS-functionalities.

First, how to replace the integrated Windows search?
Since I deinstalled the Windows Search completely, no program has longer linked to the search:-command. How can a third-party tool like SearchMyFiles be nested within Windows 7? So when I hit [Windows]+F then SearchMyFiles will be launched"?

What I also want to achieve is:
- to re-store the good old XP-based search;
- a search workaround which only will start searching by e.g. hitting enter (and not immediate while typing text);
- preserve the (real 'as is') shell folder structure while and after searching (instead of breadcrumb paths).


Hey there, Why don't you simply go Control Panel=>Installed Programs=>(up on your left)=>Activate or disable windows fonctionalities.

Then uncheck box "Windows Search" and check box "Indexing"...reboot your Pc, and all search bars in Explorer & Start Menu will disappear.
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05 Mar 2010   #4
Pickaxe

Windows 7
 
 

He wants to replace the association for the "search:" protocol. I want to do that too - Windows Search is just not very useful or lightweight. I use Everything, which, while not as as powerful as SearchMyFiles, is amazingly fast since it reads from the USN Journal.

I think I'll try to manually add it through the registry at some point.
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08 Mar 2010   #5
Opportunitor

Windows 7 Ultimate (64 Bit) - Version 6.1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WalkerA WinTeam View Post
(...)
See my post here: Disable automatic search start (as you type) ?

Please let me know if any of this helps!

Cheers,

Walker
Windows Outreach Team
Hi Walker,

Thanks for the Disable Search Suggestion Popups-tip! This works well for me.

BTW: thanks for linking to 77 Windows 7 Tips! Tips&tricks are very nice.
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08 Mar 2010   #6
Opportunitor

Windows 7 Ultimate (64 Bit) - Version 6.1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Pickaxe View Post
He wants to replace the association for the "search:" protocol. (...)
I think I'll try to manually add it through the registry at some point.
Any idea how to do this - to link some .exe to the "search:"-parameters by registry?
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08 Mar 2010   #7
Opportunitor

Windows 7 Ultimate (64 Bit) - Version 6.1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NoN View Post
Hey there, Why don't you simply go Control Panel=>Installed Programs=>(up on your left)=>Activate or disable windows fonctionalities.

Then uncheck box "Windows Search" and check box "Indexing"...reboot your Pc, and all search bars in Explorer & Start Menu will disappear.
NoN,

I've tried this one for some days, but it seems it has no added value at this time - until I have found a 'final' workaround...
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08 Mar 2010   #8
WalkerA WinTeam

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) *** Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), OSX 10.6
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Opportunitor View Post
Thanks for the Disable Search Suggestion Popups-tip! This works well for me.

BTW: thanks for linking to 77 Windows 7 Tips! Tips&tricks are very nice.
Sure, happy to help. I'm afraid changing protocols is a bit beyond my expertise :/ but good luck with it and I'll be curious to know what the solution is, if one exists.

Please let me know if I can help again in the future.

Cheers,

Walker
Windows Outreach Team
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11 Mar 2010   #9
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Opportunitor View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NoN View Post
Hey there, Why don't you simply go Control Panel=>Installed Programs=>(up on your left)=>Activate or disable windows fonctionalities.

Then uncheck box "Windows Search" and check box "Indexing"...reboot your Pc, and all search bars in Explorer & Start Menu will disappear.
NoN,

I've tried this one for some days, but it seems it has no added value at this time - until I have found a 'final' workaround...
Did you find a workaround?? I'm also interrested by, because first i've the computer, i'd disabled Windows search and allow the old indexing system...

I've put it back few days ago to see if it was changed whatsoever...but when the search run, it is SO long and is encountering 58% cpu ressoures...during all the time it searchs.

So i might disable it again.
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14 Jan 2015   #10
Anchovies

 
 

I really like FilesSearch as a replacement. Basically, it is the same thing with more tools and the interface is really simple.
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