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Windows 7: A Windows 7 search alternative ?

30 Dec 2010   #61
Dzomlija

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by soho1 View Post
James is right. mborner was too when he said "with that knowledge..."

Trouble is, it is not obvious how to use it at first. A typical search for me is to find the office files that had particular content. For instance, where did I leave that XLS file that had the MSFT stock quotes and links in it?

By default, searching for will yield 100+ entries from my Outlook messgaes, but nothing else.

What you have to do is type in the command line start box is:
*.xls* CONTENT:MSFT
and press ENTER

That will execute a search resulting in the dozen or so files (on my machine) that have MSFT in an XLS file.

I don't know all the ins and outs of search, but with search, knowledge is power. Everyone log their tips on how to use it here and we can summarize a tutorial.

I hope that helps.


May this will help you?

Windows Search - Configure and Use


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30 Dec 2010   #62
soho1

 

I'm changing my username to Shill1.
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30 Dec 2010   #63
mikedl

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by soho1 View Post
I'm changing my username to Shill1.
Hi, Shill1, welcome to the Seven Forums! Nice to have you here.
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31 Dec 2010   #64
juandante

XP Pro
 
 

Hello,


Well finally, I removed Windows 7 on my EEEPC and installed Windows XP with Classic Theme/Settings.

Same thing on my desktop PC (but I kept Windows 7 in dual boot just to try out new softwares).

I don't need Windows 7, I think that Windows 7 search feature is nuts, 100% nuts. I was trying to place my files only on the desktop on my EEE to run away from this new search system.

I have one HDD on my EEEPC, 3 on my desktop computer.

My EEEPC is using a SSD so, the indexing service is completely useless (and disable by default).

When I would want to search a text file talking about planes in D:\DOCS on my desktop.

I nammed this text file : About.txt

On XP I would anywhere press CTRL+F.

I would select 'My Computer' then type *.txt and enter.

15 text documents shows up in 1 minute... But I don't want to open all 15 files.

So I would return in the search assistant then type in content 'Planes'...

I could also select : last date modified, file type (if I search for a folder), size (very useful for me if I don't want files > 1 mb), etc.

XP would clearly display the properties of the file example : its path on the hard drive,

And also very important I would see very clearly the state of the search like to see in what folder XP is actually searching in (and not a silly green bar on top off the window that doesn't even tell you when the search bugged, witch is very usual) and I can see clearly where the file is located on my hard drive.

I searched for the word 'ok' in My Computer and figure what ? ALL files with the word 'ok' in there name where displayed, really ALL, in EVERY folder !
And what about Windows 7 ?

In Windows 7, I search for *.txt.

First thing, the search is trying to start searching each time I press a letter on my keyboard so the typing is slow. If I press enter accidentally Windows restarts back the search...

Windows 7 will find, very slowly, a file on the desktop, another in Documents and thats all. I don't even know if Windows finished because the green bar sucks for that.

I have to open explorer and browse to Computer to type *.txt. A lot of whatever files will be displayed, in fact I don't even know whether 7 considered the '*' in the box.

Sometimes, as the file is hidden, I have to wait for the search to... Fail then go into advanced. Sometime, apparently 7 ignores when I select the advanced option.

Gives me some files but, God, no, its not intuitive to find out the path of the given file.

I would give up...

I would open cmd, then type 'cd D:\', then type 'dir /s /ah *.txt' and everything shows up. No content searching with cmd but found About.txt in D:\DOCS


Maybe, I think, it's because I don't use the default folders to copy my files in this damn library (Bibliotheques in French, I don't know the name in English)...

I think Microsoft's aim with this search tool is to give results only in those default folders. I watched how some of my friends used there laptop and the search tool worked pretty well (for them) because all there files are in those folders.

Useless for me, because when I want to reinstall Windows 7 its very complex (risky I prefer say) when using those default folders...

So I prefer go back to XP or use a 3rd party software, or use cmd.

Don't know, for the moment I'll use XP until that OS is outdated for Office, or games, or Internet browsers, so in year 2014 when Windows 9 will be out, witch I hope will be better.

To play Crysis 2 in DX11, I will dual boot

There is a poster defending Windows 7 as if Microsoft is paying him... I can advise you to try back the search in XP. I know you will find that idea silly but just try it then tell me if Windows 7 is good for searching files.
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31 Dec 2010   #65
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

juandante,
If you read my posts I am not at all positive when it comes to Windows 7 search (I never use it!). The fact that some will never agree with your point of view doesn't matter.
Windows 7 has some features far superior to XP. If I don't like a feature in W7 I dump it and use a 3rd party app. For search I dumped W7 search and use File Locator Lite/Agent Ransack (free & a low cost pro version) which is, in my opinion, better than XP ever was. For more Admin type searching I also have Search "Everything".

Some people hate W7 inbuilt imaging and use 3rd party alternatives but still benefit overall from Windows 7. I actually use the inbuilt imaging and a 3rd party app.

Summary: You can customize Windows 7 to suit your own preferences.

PS: I am not pushing any Microsoft bandwagon here - they don't pay me.
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02 Jan 2011   #66
pacinitaly

windows 7 professional & ultimate 64bit laptops
 
 

if anyone else is going nutz....

upgrade to win7 pro/ultimate and install the XP mode via virtual PC.
then you can use the old XP search.


keep in mind... XP mode has to always be open and the search is a bit slow.


welcome back to the year 2G
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02 Jan 2011   #67
James Colbert

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dzomlija View Post

Point well taken, James.

In hindsight, perhaps I could have used a little more tact, and not come off as rude. Which was not my intention.
Hi Peter,

First, my apologies for the delayed response. At times, my business removes me from ‘normal life’ at inopportune times, of which this certainly was.

Also, thank you for your thoughtful response and clarification. As a friend here once said, “we here are all passionate about computers”. This can sometimes cause high feelings. I think what I appreciate and respect most about your response is that you paused to examine, A demonstration of integrity which is not generally common.
Quote:
I understand that everyone has different skillsets to suit their unique personalities and learning abilities, but by philosophy I always try to help others. Perhaps this is why I get annoyed when someone encounters something new, and dismisses it entirely without at least giving it some effort to learn.


My point is that if you don't try something new at least once, then how can we possibly grow and learn? My anger is directed towards those who just don't make an effort to try. Which is better? Attempting to learn something new, and failing, or just not trying at all?

Personally, I'd rather make a fool of myself 1000 times over failing at something new before I give up without trying at all.

Agreed (and commendable), but it is easy to assume that people fall into just two groups, when there are actually more. It’s not just the group that ‘gets it’ and the group that ‘doesn’t make the effort’. If labels were to be applied to the ‘groups’, I think a few which could be included would be ‘Lazy’, ‘intimidated’, ‘oblivious’, ‘not technically inclined’, and discerning who belongs to which is not always possible.

I think it is this last group that can be so misunderstood. Some find Search so simple that they can’t believe that there are those who just don’t get it. And, while simply educating one’s self to the ‘mechanics’ can morph search into one of Win 7’s most useful tools, this is not the viable for all.

In addition, as mjf rightly points out, there are those who simply don’t want to deal with a ‘command line’ style search. And there is a real validity in that. Perhaps MS, in its next iteration, will additionally provide a ‘multiple choice interface’ GUI to accommodate all groups.

As things stand, I think the ideal response to those who fall into any of the above (or other) groups is simply to post links to tutorials (yours would be an excellent choice) and 3rd party search engines to allow them to choose what works for them. Responding in this way also means that we won’t leave posters feeling disrespected, and they will have been provided the means to find a tool that works for them, which may well be Win 7 Search (or not). An added bonus is that in addition to helping them to ‘grow and learn’, we will as well. Both worthy goals, personally and of this forum.

Sorry for the longwinded post!

James
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02 Jan 2011   #68
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pacinitaly View Post
if anyone else is going nutz....

upgrade to win7 pro/ultimate and install the XP mode via virtual PC.
then you can use the old XP search.


keep in mind... XP mode has to always be open and the search is a bit slow.


welcome back to the year 2G
Absolute backward step.
I have an XP laptop and third part tools like FileLocator/lite run rings around it and it's free. I really just don't get it.

Not directed at you pacinitaly:
Comments like "lazy", "not technically inclined" etc do not help the situation.
I am highly technically trained and analytical but I believe in the right tool for the job. Stop putting people down because Windows search is the wrong tool for the job. That is, when it works.
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02 Jan 2011   #69
James Colbert

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post

Not directed at you pacinitaly:
Comments like "lazy", "not technically inclined" etc do not help the situation.
I am highly technically trained and analytical but I believe in the right tool for the job.
Those terms were not meant to offend anyone, but to cover all the bases (as seemed expedient to the point, which, apparently, is elusive from all ends), as was the below quote, which was included in my post but seems to have been somehow overlooked in your quoting:

"In addition, as mjf rightly points out, there are those who simply don’t want to deal with a ‘command line’ style search. And there is a real validity in that.".

Quote:
Stop putting people down because Windows search is the wrong tool for the job. That is, when it works
I think you might be hard pressed to show this to be valid in my postings on the matter.

James
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04 Jan 2011   #70
pacinitaly

windows 7 professional & ultimate 64bit laptops
 
 

I was being facetious
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