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Windows 7: Search Function Way Too Basic!

23 Aug 2011   #41

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

"System Disk" is typically just another term for the C drive.

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23 Aug 2011   #42

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Oh ok thanks ignatzatsonic!

Well, I guess I can't try that as all my files are already on the C drive.

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23 Aug 2011   #43

Windows 7 Pro x86

Here's another PDF iFilter with 32 & 64bit versions. Works for me.

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23 Aug 2011   #44

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu

As stated, the system disk is the disk containing the operating system, normally C:.

The reason the technique solved the issue is, I believe, that the copy action, across disks, will re-set the file permissions to the default for the drive that the files are copied to, (moving files, retains the existing permissions, btw).

Giving your named user full permissions may be the cure you are looking for, this is something I do by default with all my data Drives/Partitions on the installation of any new OS.

What tends to happen with data on NTFS format drives where the file permissions are written to the NTFS manifest is that after a few re-installs / OS changes the permissions get confused.

Note   Note
As an example, imagine a user "Fred" who has a data drive. and creates files on XP, then upgrades to Vista and creates more files, He finally upgrades to win7 and creates more files. Although the files were all created by user "Fred" as far as the operating system is concerned the Fred on XP,Vista, & win7 are three separate users and the files created prior to win7 would not necessarily be accessible.

This issue is exacerbated in win7 due to the fact that the UAC runs the administrative user as a standard user by default
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27 Aug 2011   #45

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

OK, I still don't have a response from the Adobe forum, so I was just about to take the plunge, and change permissions on the hard drive...

I did a system restore point on the Main C drive and I turned the 2nd hard drive ON for something?? (I forget but I think it makes you able to do a restore - do I have to do another Restore Point for that drive too?), as I want to first try it out on the 2nd hard drive, as the OS is not on there.


...when I went through the instructions on this page that Nigel gave me, of how to change permissions:
Permissions - Allow or Deny Users and Groups

... I realised I did not know what permissions I needed (nor what I currently have).

"Giving your named user full permissions may be the cure you are looking for..." Barman58

The options are:

1. To Change the Permissions of a File, Folder, or Drive

2. To Change the Permissions of a Registry Key

3. To Remove a User or Group

4. To Add a User or Group

5. To Allow or Deny Permissions for a User or Group


So which one is giving me full permissions?

I have NO CLUE what any of this is for! I am way outta my comfort zone here. This is extremely techie stuff for me, so please be gentle!

All I wanna do is search for content inside PDFs (and not mess anything up in the process).

So which permission thingy do I choose please?

(and do I need to do a Restore Point for the other hard drive too?)

thanks a lot
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Aug 2011   #46

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

I just selected the bottom one (user Paula) then checked all the boxes that were unchecked and clicked ok.

It was only when it whizzed into action... that I realised I only did a restore point for the C drive, not the F drive.

Oh well, at least the OS aint on there...

But to be honest I don't know the difference between

Authenticated users
and me

I thought I WAS an administrator, so why are there two?

Shall I just give ALL options full permissions?

No-one else uses this PC.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Aug 2011   #47

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit


Search in user backup on F Drive:

"article type:=.pdf"

285 items!!!

(previously only 15 items for in-title only. So it worked! - Phew!)

thanks for your help and patience everyone. (specially Nigel - take one for yourself, barman!)
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