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Windows 7: why is explorer search so useless compared to 95 98 and xp

12 Jun 2019   #11
Lance1

Windows 7 Ultimate, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by F22 Simpilot View Post
It's really not hard. If you're searching for a pdf and can't remember its name, just enter .pdf (with the preceding .). A whole list of pdfs will show up that are on your entire computer including any attached storage and you can sort by date modified, etc.
If you do remember it's name but can remember were you put the file you can narrow the search down even more when you're searching by file extension. Type to last letter in the file name along with the extension. For example if your searching for "my new car.jpg" just type "r.jpg" Click the "Name" bar at the top of the column to put the search into alphabetical order and anything with an "R" at the end of the file name with that extension will appear.


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3 Weeks Ago   #12
ToughDiamond

Win 7 Pro 32-bit
 
 

The search has got worse because Microsoft insist on changing stuff that ain't broke because they're scared it'll be seen as old and therefore might not sell. I hate the way the search results by default always include files containing the search term as well as files with the search term in the filename. Usually all that does is generate too many unwanted hits. Third party is probably the way to go. But I wonder if explorer.exe from WinXP would run in Win7? It would be nice to see that little dog again.
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3 Weeks Ago   #13
Lance1

Windows 7 Ultimate, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ToughDiamond View Post
The search has got worse because Microsoft insist on changing stuff that ain't broke because they're scared it'll be seen as old and therefore might not sell. I hate the way the search results by default always include files containing the search term as well as files with the search term in the filename. Usually all that does is generate too many unwanted hits. Third party is probably the way to go. But I wonder if explorer.exe from WinXP would run in Win7? It would be nice to see that little dog again.
It's been tried. This is a very interesting post from 2011. I read through it and would love to try what was suggested. It's very problematic and many things went wrong but I found it very intriguing too. Yes I know you can setup Win7 to look like WinXP but that's to easy. If you do try this!"Image Your System First!"

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3 Weeks Ago   #14
ToughDiamond

Win 7 Pro 32-bit
 
 

Didn't work for me. I'm using Win7 32-bit in Classic Mode (gumball graphics are against my religion ). "The application was unable to start correctly (0xc0000142)" XP compatibility mode didn't help. Ran it by putting a copy on desktop and double-clicking it. Also tried putting it in the Windows folder where the proper one lives.
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3 Weeks Ago   #15
johnhoh

Win7 pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ToughDiamond View Post
Didn't work for me. I'm using Win7 32-bit in Classic Mode (gumball graphics are against my religion ). "The application was unable to start correctly (0xc0000142)" XP compatibility mode didn't help. Ran it by putting a copy on desktop and double-clicking it. Also tried putting it in the Windows folder where the proper one lives.
If you clicked on it from the desktop it sounds like you were trying to load the old explorer on top of the currently running explorer. To start the old explorer without even running the current explorer, do this:

start > run > regedit >HKLM/Software/Microsoft/Windows NT/CurrentVersion/Winlogon, and change the value of "shell" to the specific explorer.exe you want to use, then reboot. Although that may produce the same result as when you replaced it in the windows folder.
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3 Weeks Ago   #16
ToughDiamond

Win 7 Pro 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johnhoh View Post
If you clicked on it from the desktop it sounds like you were trying to load the old explorer on top of the currently running explorer. To start the old explorer without even running the current explorer, do this:

start > run > regedit >HKLM/Software/Microsoft/Windows NT/CurrentVersion/Winlogon, and change the value of "shell" to the specific explorer.exe you want to use, then reboot. Although that may produce the same result as when you replaced it in the windows folder.
I would think it'd be the same, yes. I suspect I'm flogging a dead horse, at least on my PC. Somebody was saying on that website that they reckoned it used other files.


Talking of XP utilities that work in 7, WordPad does. You haven't lived till you've seen how Wordpad 7 and Wordpad XP can destroy a .rtf document when it's passed between them a few times. No warning, just bye bye work.



Back on topic (more or less), another thing I miss about XP Explorer is how much easier it was to get the navigation pane to come and go. None of this Organise - Layout - Navigation Pane, just click a button called Folders. Of course they also had to change the name.
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3 Weeks Ago   #17
Melchior

Windows 7 ULTIMATE (SP1)(x64)
 
 

I use a search program called Agent Ransack
Agent Ransack – Download – Mythicsoft
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