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Windows 7: Searching!!!!!

30 Aug 2009   #1
networkn

Windows 7
 
 
Searching!!!!!

Hi There!

I want my Windows XP Search back.

All I want to do is hit F3 type in a filename or a wildcard, have it search in every folder and every file for a filename match and show me the list of names. I have tried everything I can think of but I can't find a way to get it to search inside system folders.

Is there a way to get the behaviour I want to occur?


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31 Aug 2009   #2
7welt

Windows7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi,

Check this out

MacSearch

I run it on 7. Quick and easy, assign it a hotkey and your away
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31 Aug 2009   #3
7Dreams

Windows 7 Build 7600 64bit/Ubuntu/Leopard
 
 

not to be mean, but this is a windows 7 forum.
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31 Aug 2009   #4
7welt

Windows7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 7Dreams View Post
not to be mean, but this is a windows 7 forum.
It's cool it is a windows program
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31 Aug 2009   #5
Freak

W7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by networkn View Post
Hi There!

I want my Windows XP Search back.

All I want to do is hit F3 type in a filename or a wildcard, have it search in every folder and every file for a filename match and show me the list of names. I have tried everything I can think of but I can't find a way to get it to search inside system folders.

Is there a way to get the behaviour I want to occur?
I doubt it, Microsoft insist on annoying me so i guess the XP search is gone forever. It's amazing how bad the current system is, I know you can remove Windows Desktop Search in Windows 7 (Programs & Features) but i have not tried it to see what Search is left if i do.

But i hope someone can one day write a simple replacement searching should not be so difficult.
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04 Nov 2009   #6
cmcasper

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Freak View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by networkn View Post
Hi There!

I want my Windows XP Search back.

All I want to do is hit F3 type in a filename or a wildcard, have it search in every folder and every file for a filename match and show me the list of names. I have tried everything I can think of but I can't find a way to get it to search inside system folders.

Is there a way to get the behaviour I want to occur?
I doubt it, Microsoft insist on annoying me so i guess the XP search is gone forever. It's amazing how bad the current system is, I know you can remove Windows Desktop Search in Windows 7 (Programs & Features) but i have not tried it to see what Search is left if i do.

But i hope someone can one day write a simple replacement searching should not be so difficult.

Freak, I couldn't agree more! I have a strong need to do more extensive searching on a regular basis, like searching the entire "C" drive for specific types of files, and this new searching function doesn't even come close to comparing with XP. Frankly, I'd just like my XP back entirely.
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04 Nov 2009   #7
kegobeer

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cmcasper View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Freak View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by networkn View Post
Hi There!

I want my Windows XP Search back.

All I want to do is hit F3 type in a filename or a wildcard, have it search in every folder and every file for a filename match and show me the list of names. I have tried everything I can think of but I can't find a way to get it to search inside system folders.

Is there a way to get the behaviour I want to occur?
I doubt it, Microsoft insist on annoying me so i guess the XP search is gone forever. It's amazing how bad the current system is, I know you can remove Windows Desktop Search in Windows 7 (Programs & Features) but i have not tried it to see what Search is left if i do.

But i hope someone can one day write a simple replacement searching should not be so difficult.

Freak, I couldn't agree more! I have a strong need to do more extensive searching on a regular basis, like searching the entire "C" drive for specific types of files, and this new searching function doesn't even come close to comparing with XP. Frankly, I'd just like my XP back entirely.
The new search function works great. Perhaps you should give this a read:

Searching for 'matching' files. is there a better way?

If you can't live without XP, feel free to go back. It's a good, albeit outdated, OS.
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04 Nov 2009   #8
BeechV35Pilot

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

For another third-party solution consider the free, fully-featured search utility called Agent Ransack, found here:

Agent Ransack - download

Lots of powerful, fast search options. I used this utility extensively in XP, but admittedly I am trying to transition to the Win7 search features to see if I can adapt.
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04 Nov 2009   #9
pacinitaly

windows 7 professional & ultimate 64bit laptops
 
 

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