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

11 Jun 2019   #1
DBenz

Windows 7 64bit pro
 
 
why is explorer search so useless compared to 95 98 and xp

Hi,

I created a .psd file two days ago, its on D drive.
I select D drive and go search *.psd and it starts searching before I even manage to enter a date range, this time I select one of their settings 'earlier this week' as 'yesterday' is probably too soon....and watch for a good 5 mins as the grey progress bar progresses slowly and hear the hard drive working merrily, it gets to the very end of the search progress bar window and still the HD is working, no results as yet, 2 mins later it finally ends, no results found.


I go to D drive, select the folder I was saving to, there it is at the top 2 days ago a .psd file


that is 'earlier this week' and not yesterday so why not find it ?


why wont it wait whilst I enter date range ?



Now why does it take so long, win95 98 xp would have found that near start of search. win7 never finds anything until that grey bar is at end of its 5 or so mins travel. I was dumbfounded when having fixed all the other stupid changes win7 made and got it like xp again, I was left with this unfixable issue. Classic shell just didnt fix this one.


what is win7 doing to take so long to find a file saved 2 days ago ?



DBenz


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11 Jun 2019   #2
johnhoh

Win7 pro x64
 
 

I know nothing about windows search other than to say Search Everything is way, way, way better. Instantaneous.
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11 Jun 2019   #3
Lance1

Windows 7 Ultimate, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johnhoh View Post
I know nothing about windows search other than to say Search Everything is way, way, way better. Instantaneous.
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YA! What he said.... Windows search sucks. I Never use it.
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11 Jun 2019   #4
RoWin7

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

The reason is that MS constantly downgrades, each Windows being worse than the one before.

I've tried Everything, and it's super-fast, but I don't always compose the syntax correctly. I like Super Finder XT.
FSL - Super Finder XT

(OT--Lance, your avatar always makes me smile.)
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11 Jun 2019   #5
F22 Simpilot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johnhoh View Post
I know nothing about windows search other than to say Search Everything is way, way, way better. Instantaneous.
Downloads - voidtools

QFT and I've been using Everything.exe since I don't know when. And being able to turn off indexing on the SSD is nice, too.
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11 Jun 2019   #6
Lance1

Windows 7 Ultimate, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RoWin7 View Post
The reason is that MS constantly downgrades, each Windows being worse than the one before.

I've tried Everything, and it's super-fast, but I don't always compose the syntax correctly. I like Super Finder XT.
FSL - Super Finder XT

(OT--Lance, your avatar always makes me smile.)
Just rock'n to my tunes man....
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11 Jun 2019   #7
Lance1

Windows 7 Ultimate, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RoWin7 View Post
The reason is that MS constantly downgrades, each Windows being worse than the one before.

I've tried Everything, and it's super-fast, but I don't always compose the syntax correctly. I like Super Finder XT.
FSL - Super Finder XT

(OT--Lance, your avatar always makes me smile.)
Did someone say Syntax???? Searching Everything HEY! You Asked For It.....
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11 Jun 2019   #8
RoWin7

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Yes, I've seen that guide. I don't understand many of them. YMMV.
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12 Jun 2019   #9
F22 Simpilot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Since we're on the subject of search, if you're wanting to search for text in practically any file, check out Fileseek. It's free with some limitations, but well worth it if you buy it. I use it all the time to search for code and what have you in files. It was how in large part I found certain code in the omni.ja file (after decompressing) to alter some things in my browser astetics.

My browser of choice is Pale Moon and I used to be able to mod some things through the omni.ja file, but now I can't with the latest version so I have to download the source, edit and recompile in Visual Studio. What a PITA.
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12 Jun 2019   #10
F22 Simpilot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RoWin7 View Post
Yes, I've seen that guide. I don't understand many of them. YMMV.

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.

Searching for the hosts file for quick access? Just type in hosts, then right click it in Everything and open with Notepad++. Easy as pie. I guess I should say that the correct path for hosts is in the system32/drivers/etc folder. There are other hosts files that will show up.
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