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Windows 7: File Search in Windows 7 is Unreliable

29 Jan 2015   #31
Nick Sergeant

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


I'm here revisiting this old thread because I have a closely related problem.

BTW some of the suggested freeware workarounds sound promising.

My problem is as others have said that Win 7 explorer search is unreliable in 2015. Have any of you experienced it fail to find a folder on an internal drive then succeed to find the same name in a copy on an external drive?

Image 01 shows the failed search for "tas" when a folder does exist that contains "Tasmania".
Image 02 shows the search succeed on a more or less identical bunch of folders saved to a USB drive.

I checked just now that all were indexed though I am not sure about lag times involved in this process.

I will probably follow up on one or other of the freeware solutions mentioned here because apart from being unreliable the Win 7 search is a pain to use even when it works.

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29 Jan 2015   #32
Microsoft MVP


Have you tried to Rebuild Index - Windows 7 Forums ?

In the process of doing that make sure everything you want indexed is included, including plugging in any external drives or flash sticks for that purpose.
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