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Windows 7: Searching only works for exact match names

17 Jan 2018   #1

Win 7 Ultimate
Searching only works for exact match names

Some time ago, I had to process (unzip/delete) millions of files. This would be slow with the Search Indexer running, so I kind of stopped the service and disabled the settings allowing it to run.
I re-enabled everything, but now searching:
- only works if I type the full name of something in the Start bar - eg typing Whats won't find WhatsApp
- only looks in the current level directory

Any idea what I should check? thanks.

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17 Jan 2018   #2

Windows 7 HP 64

I wish mine works like yours. It gives me so many options....

Use * and ? character.
For example, to search for WhatsApp you can type *whats*.* for any file that has whats or Whats???.*
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Jan 2018   #3

Win 7 Ultimate

Thanks! this only works for the start menu, though.

Folder searching doesn't work

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