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Windows 7: A Windows 7 search alternative ?

04 Jul 2011   #81
boohbah

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

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24 Jul 2012   #82
digitig

Windows 7 Home x64
 
 

Well, it's two years on from the original question and a year on from the last comment, and I'm still looking for a usable way of searching on Windows 7.

The inbuilt search is a complete crock. It has replaced a clear GUI with a command line, and I can never remember the commands. It's fine for finding something simple in an indexed location, but when I'm trying to find hidden files in unindexed and possibly hidden locations because a program installation has failed then the Win7 search is as useless as a chocolate teapot.

And the alternative everybody seems to suggest is Search Everything. On the very rare occasions this runs without hanging I can't work out how to do anything with it.

My best solution so far is to fire up a copy of XP in a virtual machine and search using that, surely there has to be a better way?
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24 Jul 2012   #83
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

did you try Agent Ransack (aka File Locator Lite)?
i use File Locator Lite and it works well for me.

i'm not sure how it will work for hidden files if you don't have those shown in your Folder options.
you can start it with "Run as administrator" to see if that helps in your searches.

FileLocator Lite - Free File Searching Utility
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24 Jul 2012   #84
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Agent Ransack /File Locator Lite has been referred to many times and is better for everyday use than Search Everything IMO. I have been using it for a long time now and wouldn't be without it. A "non computer person" can easily use it in say an office environment. In fact File Locator is simply a name change and some minor cosmetic changes to make the Corporate World feel more comfortable.
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31 Jul 2012   #85
pacinitaly

windows 7 professional & ultimate 64bit laptops
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by digitig View Post
Well, it's two years on from the original question and a year on from the last comment, and I'm still looking for a usable way of searching on Windows 7.

The inbuilt search is a complete crock. It has replaced a clear GUI with a command line, and I can never remember the commands. It's fine for finding something simple in an indexed location, but when I'm trying to find hidden files in unindexed and possibly hidden locations because a program installation has failed then the Win7 search is as useless as a chocolate teapot.

And the alternative everybody seems to suggest is Search Everything. On the very rare occasions this runs without hanging I can't work out how to do anything with it.

My best solution so far is to fire up a copy of XP in a virtual machine and search using that, surely there has to be a better way?

look at this, I use daily FSL - Super Finder
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01 Aug 2012   #86
endeavor

Vista/Win7/Win8/Win10 (x86/x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by digitig View Post
Well, it's two years on from the original question and a year on from the last comment, and I'm still looking for a usable way of searching on Windows 7.

The inbuilt search is a complete crock. It has replaced a clear GUI with a command line, and I can never remember the commands. It's fine for finding something simple in an indexed location, but when I'm trying to find hidden files in unindexed and possibly hidden locations because a program installation has failed then the Win7 search is as useless as a chocolate teapot.

And the alternative everybody seems to suggest is Search Everything. On the very rare occasions this runs without hanging I can't work out how to do anything with it.

My best solution so far is to fire up a copy of XP in a virtual machine and search using that, surely there has to be a better way?
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidW7ncus View Post
did you try Agent Ransack (aka File Locator Lite)?
i use File Locator Lite and it works well for me.

i'm not sure how it will work for hidden files if you don't have those shown in your Folder options.
you can start it with "Run as administrator" to see if that helps in your searches.

FileLocator Lite - Free File Searching Utility
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
Agent Ransack /File Locator Lite has been referred to many times and is better for everyday use than Search Everything IMO. I have been using it for a long time now and wouldn't be without it. A "non computer person" can easily use it in say an office environment. In fact File Locator is simply a name change and some minor cosmetic changes to make the Corporate World feel more comfortable.
I too totally agree with using Agent Ransack aka File Locator Lite.
I see I'm still using Release Build 761 - 2010.03.26.48708

I use it on WXP and Windows 7
iirc, it most resembled the search on W9x.
In my experience it is easily 10x faster and more efficient than the stock search on Windows 7

I could not imagine using anything else, and have long ago shut off all the windows search stuff since in my experiece, this free app excels the stock search in every way I can think of and have tried, I will never go backwards; ymmv.
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01 Aug 2012   #87
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by endeavor View Post


I too totally agree with using Agent Ransack aka File Locator Lite.
I see I'm still using Release Build 761 - 2010.03.26.48708

I use it on WXP and Windows 7
iirc, it most resembled the search on W9x.
In my experience it is easily 10x faster and more efficient than the stock search on Windows 7

I could not imagine using anything else, and have long ago shut off all the windows search stuff since in my experiece, this free app excels the stock search in every way I can think of and have tried, I will never go backwards; ymmv.
As I said I use it and it is definitely fast enough, more user friendly but more importantly for me it is reliable - if it doesn't find something it isn't there.

BUT to save you from an onslaught - it isn't actually faster. Windows search is an indexed search mechanism which will be faster than a non indexed scheme. But if Windows indexing has a problem so does your search.
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01 Aug 2012   #88
endeavor

Vista/Win7/Win8/Win10 (x86/x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
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BUT to save you from an onslaught - it isn't actually faster. Windows search is an indexed search mechanism which will be faster than a non indexed scheme. But if Windows indexing has a problem so does your search.
Hi mjf, I appreciate you wanting to save me from an onslaught, thanks.
I do understand what you are saying; I've read all the posts from the senior members on this topic of how they like and prefer the stock search and I respect that and how they use it.

To explain my experience though - it is that I have all indexing services turned off and have no indexing store at all - I can't stand it personally, and I can't stand the stock search setup and its gui - but that's just me and my preference.. ..and so because of having indexing turned off is why I said it's 10x's faster, and in that light it is a much faster bare scan engine without relying on indexing.

I don't want to cause a stir about indexing though, and won't debate its usage.

imho, without question, I like File Locater Lite better is all.
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21 Oct 2012   #89
AaLF

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

About Windows Explorer search tool. Where is it & how to use it. I've been told to press F3 & that gives the 'search this page tool. Windows + F3 = zilch.
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21 Oct 2012   #90
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

Its just F3, no other key. Windows + F also brings up search. Now unless you removed Windows Search from Windows Features...Be aware F3 is the universal key for search, a lot of applications use it. You have to be at the desktop to use it. Other wise it just selects the search box in Explorer or various other applications.

Windows + F does not have the above limitations.
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