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How to search within a folder (preferably without using indexing)?

Q: How to search within a folder (preferably without using indexing)?


I'm wondering how to search within a folder for files that have names and/or contents that match some desired text - like the old XP search assistant did. That was such a useful tool, I can't believe MS did away with it!

- I'd like to search within a given folder hierarchy - i.e. including subfolders
- I don't want to search my entire computer, e.g. by using the search on the Start button. There may be dozens or hundreds of files around the computer that match what I want - I want to search only within the folder I specify

I did try this:
1. Turned off indexing within the given folder, by going to Organize -> Folder and search options -> Search tab
2. Changed the "What to search" setting to "Always search file names and contents"
3. Put some text in the search box in the upper right of the explorer window

and nada - it didn't find files that were right there in front of me.

Why doesn't that work? Am I missing something?

I've googled for various solutions, and can't seem to come up with anything that works. Mainly it's suggested to use indexing, but also to search across my whole computer - I don't want to search across my whole computer though! But when I try to search within a given directory it doesn't seem to work.

If no one knows of a solution within Windows 7 OS - might anyone know of an add-on tool that's been developed for such a purpose? If there isn't one I might just create one myself, painful as that is.


A: How to search within a folder (preferably without using indexing)?

Open File Explorer, type content:searchterm to Search field. This would find all files containing the word searchterm.

Tutorials:Search in Windows 7
Windows Search - Configure and Use
Search - Have More Accurate Search Results
Search - Find More with Filters and Operators

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My download folder is being indexed when i open it. It is on drive E: not C: so i dont think its the windows indexing i think it might be a seperate switch somewhere as my other folders on E are not indexed. Its just a huge page to wait for this thing to get done indexing every time i open it.

How do i turn this off for this folder. Thanks.

A:How do i turn off search indexing on one folder only

Hello Durango,

You could remove the folder location from your index to no longer have it indexed.

Index Locations - Add or Remove

Hope this helps,

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Like many people I find the new file search limiting, inconsistent and counfounding. I keep hoping the light bulb will go on and I will 'get it', but so

Now, just when I thought I could not hate it more, file search has stopped working completely for one of my big document folders and will not find any file at all.

I tried adding the folder to indexing, this is an option, 'Click to add to Index', on the search menu, but big surprise it hung my system. Buy hey, it would not be a normal day on Vista with out at least 5 hard reboots....

I also tried to Modify Index Locations. Nothing Happens.

In any case, there are things I really do like about Vista and am trying to hang in there... but problems like this make it hard. So, does anyone have any idea why I have one folder that when I open it and search for a file, Vista does not find a file that is clearly visible in the window?

A:Can you turn off the stupid file indexing and just search the folder I am in?

Originally Posted by Elysa

Like many people I find the new file search limiting, inconsistent and counfounding. I keep hoping the light bulb will go on and I will 'get it', but so

Now, just when I thought I could not hate it more, file search has stopped working completely for one of my big document folders and will not find any file at all.

I tried adding the folder to indexing, this is an option, 'Click to add to Index', on the search menu, but big surprise it hung my system. Buy hey, it would not be a normal day on Vista with out at least 5 hard reboots....

I also tried to Modify Index Locations. Nothing Happens.

In any case, there are things I really do like about Vista and am trying to hang in there... but problems like this make it hard. So, does anyone have any idea why I have one folder that when I open it and search for a file, Vista does not find a file that is clearly visible in the window?

What you need to do is give the indexer chance to finish it's job after adding a folder or modifying the index locations! Modifying the index locations doesn't make their contents magically appear in the index. It can take anything from a few minutes to several hours for the index to update itself, depending on the number of files involved.

I can't give an accurate guess on how long it takes, but on my own machine, with 8 hard disks in the index, whenever I make significant changes to the filesystem that would cause the ind... Read more

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I have disabled Search Indexing under folder options in control panel but I still have a process called "SearchIndexer.exe" using a decent amount of resources - what should I do?

A:Search Indexing

Why someone in his right mind would want to disable search indexing is beyond me. Do you understand you are trying to disable the single most useful feature of Windows 7?

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I'm using Windows Vista. When I go to control panel >indexing options it says "indexing is off." everything is blank. There are no 'Included Locations.' The Modify and Advanced buttons are grayed out. So the only thing I can do is click 'Close.'

When trying to start Windows search in Services.msc it says, ,"Windows could not start the local search on local computer. For more information review the system event log."

I did a tutorial:

However I was not able to complete it because of one thing. I was unable to find "gathrprm.txt" and "schema.txt" they are supposed to be here in the config folder: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Search\Data\Config.

it says that they if are not in the folder to do a search on the computer. I did it and couldn't find the files anywhere. I also tried to find the files on the Internet to download, but can't find them. I also couldn't find anyone else with the same problem.

No one could help me at pcpitstop and I just don't know what to do. Maybe someone could make a copy of their files and send them to me? I think my email address might be in my profile, otherwise contact me for it. That would greatly be appreciated.

What I just don't understand is why these files aren't on my computer, and they are on everyone else's. You would think I would find at least someone with the same problem.

If anyone could help with getting my indexing tu... Read more

A:Search indexing is off, I need this on, can anyone help?

Click to open Administrative Tools.

Double-click Services. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

In the Services dialog box, under Name, double-click Windows Search.

In the Windows Search Properties dialog box, click Stop, then click Start, and then click OK.

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I take it Windows 7 doesn't have this feature and if it does can it be turned off?

Just that when I turned it off in Vista I noticed a performace boost when booting up and loading up programs.

A:Search Indexing

Quote: Originally Posted by QuackPot

I take it Windows 7 doesn't have this feature and if it does can it be turned off?

Just that when I turned it off in Vista I noticed a performace boost when booting up and loading up programs.

Search is located in cpanel indexing. You can turn it off or modify its searches there. Its a valuable tool and if you turn it off the gain will not be that large. Try limiting the folders searched and what to search (just have it search titles not contents)

good luck and let us know if you need help

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I recently performed a clean install of Vista on my laptop. Before doing this I copied my music folder with around 13,000+ files in it to another computer and then copied it back to my laptop after the install. Before whenever I would open the folder it always displayed the files sorted by Date. I've managed to get it to do this one time since the install. Now it will not display the date of each file at all. I'm running Google Desktop Index and hoping that this will help.

Any suggestions or know why this is happening?

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Hi Everyone,

I have a simple request: to be able to exclude a folder (completely) from windows 7 indexing. That means, when I type something in the start menu, I don't even want file names to come up. It seems as far as I can get is having file content not be indexed, but file properties, including file names, are always indexed. I'd like to not have to disable indexing all together because it's very useful, but doesn't seem like it should be impossible to totally exclude a folder.

I'm a teacher, and I have lots of students work on my computer that they submit electronically, but I teach many technical tutorials with a projector, and it seems not good form to have students work show up when I have to search for projects to show for examples.

Most of all, it seems like this should not be too much to ask. Surely there is some registry work around now? any thoughts?

I'm using Windows 7 x64.

Thanks everyone!


A:Exclude Folder from Indexing

Hello Ted, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You can use step 5 in the tutorial below to help show you how to remove a folder from the index locations.

Index Locations - Add or Remove

Hope this helps,

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Is it possible to use windows search as a regular search tool; so without the indexing part? I tried some non microsoft tools, i read this article and, but they still index the files. That means that you wont be able to find youre files when they are not indexed. Correct
me when i am wrong.
So my question; how can i find my files when they are not yet indexed(just like the old search companion did)

A:windows search without indexing

By default, you should be able to search filenames in non-indexed locations. To search file contents in non-indexed locations tick this option:
Control Panel -> Folder Options -> Search Tab -> Always search file names and contents.
You should in theory then be able to stop the indexer or remove your indexes and still search for anything, but, of course, it would be very slow.
A few people (me included) have reported many issues with searching, so you may or may not find this works as expected.
Without the indexer, you might not be able to search file contents for all file types, (i.e., non text formats) I haven't tried that.

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Well I have a problem!
Apparently the Windows Search Indexing thing stopped working sometime this morning and now I can't seem to fix it.

Symptoms: systems slows down and takes its sweet time while deleting files/folders and creating files/folders, Windows Search service doesn't want to start and keeps giving me the "Error 3: The system cannot find the path specified".

I already tried the Tutorial but that didn't work. I created the Config folder in the proper place and copied the 2 necessary files but still no solution.
So short of re-installing windows is there anything I can do to fix this?

A:Search Indexing Problem

Hi Bronquites,

Since this happened only recently, you might consider doing a System Restore using a restore point dated before the problem. This tutorial will show you how to if needed.

System Restore - How to

Hope this helps,

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I thought something was a little off with my performance and decided to just disable and re enable some things on my SSD.

After re enabling the search indexing feature, performance was noticeably better and to my surprise the SSD benchmarks improved as well .

Just was curious about this but thought i should share.

A:Anyone turn off search indexing with new SSD?

I also did that a long time ago.

Edit: I guess I misread - I thought you disabled the indexing feature - that's what I did.

I use Everything Everything Search Engine

It finds anything on my comp in seconds, and I have 5 hdds.

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is it possible to turn off search indexing on all drives?

A:Turn off search indexing

No, the search indexing can NOT be turned off.

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Hi guys,

I know we've beaten this one a lot before, but I have some questions.

I've just moved to 8 as my primary OS, and I love it, but I'm having the same search issues I've had in windows before.

Now, before you say, "Install blah de blah third party search app!", Please know, I don't want to do that. I don't like opening one application to search files. I want to be able to search from my file explorer. Sorry, I'm stubborn, and I like things to work in a specific way. I hate the idea of having to open an app to search for files.

So that brings up a few questions.

Firstly; I've found that if the index is turned off, I don't have search issues. I can search any drive and find my files. I'm wondering if there is a reason for this, if there is a fix, and if not:

- is there a way to disable the windows message that "searches might be slow because index is not running"? I'm fine with no index, if I can search my damn files as a result, but I hate that message.

Next up; as to third party search replacers; is there ANY way to simply replace the search in windows explorer with another app? Probably not, but if so, I would love to find out about it.

And finally - is there a goddamn way to make the index work properly? Yes, I realize it's always been screwy, but I've seen it work just fine on many old systems of mine.

Input appreciated. Thanks!

A:Search indexing questions, again

Since I don't use the same 'language' I can't form a suitable response.

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I'm looking for a program for searching through my files. Most of the stuff I've found searches local directories or network directories, not both. I'm definitely interested in creating an index so that I can get instantaneous results. However, that's not a prerequisite. It would be extra useful if it could, also, search text files for words (like XP's search engine).

A:File Search / Indexing

Try Agent Ransack:

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Whenever I buy a TV show or movie, I put them in the correct partition (T: for TV shows and M: for Movies), and rename them so I can easily search for them.

For example, I've got the 1st episode of the 1st season of "Through The Wormhole" named as:
Through The Wormhole S01 E01

I used to just be able to type that into the search box and it would give me the exact result.

I recently split all my media across 2 hard drives and reinstalled Windows - now I cannot search for anything in the M: and T: drives.

Can anybody help?

A:Search Not Indexing Partitions

Control Panel | Index Options | Modify button

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I've heard from multiple sources that you should disable search indexing on an SSD. However, I noticed that this prevents 8/8.1's search function from finding certain things like "Devices and Printers" if the SSD contains the operating system files, which caused a huge annoyance for me as I like to use the search function to search for these things (it's faster than finding and clicking it on the Start screen). I also learned you can move the search index files to another location. I've done this already, so will it be safe to re-enable search indexing for my SSD? From my understanding, having the index files be placed on another drive prevents all the unnecessary writes from occurring on the SSD with indexing enabled. Am I right about this or should I keep indexing disabled regardless of where the index files are stored?

A:Search Indexing and SSD Question

You're good, you got it down pack.

This whole SSD endurance writes thing though is blown out or proportion, really it was only meant for older SSD controllers.

The way I see it is, if you have an SSD: enable TRIM (done if 7 and 8/8.1 by default), don't use Hibernation or disable it if you don't use Fast Startup in Windows 8/8.1 and disable or limit system restore.

The three above will either highly impact your SSD's endurance or cause impact writes to your SSD. Other then the above mentioned indexing, Superfetch and ReadyBoot (not to be confused with ReadyBoost) does very little writes to your SSD over the course of time and you can go on without disabling them if you have use for them (eg. use search a lot, have dual SSD and mechanical drive setup, etc).

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search indexing problem just keeps poping up.
I dont think xp has a file programdata\microsoft\search\data\temp

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I am having a problem with Windows 7 search when searching for emails:

1)When searching for an outlook email in the "instant search" bar in Outlook, the results are as expected (many results are displayed for the search term)

2) However, when searching from a search box using the exact same term as in #1 above, (eg/ when using Windows Key + F), no results are displayed.

My understanding is that both of these search methods utilize the same index, application, this is perplexing.

In looking at Inexing Options, it appears to be completely indexed. I have tried to rebuild the index several times with the same results.

Any help would be appreciated

A:Windows Search Indexing

In Outlook, the search function is purpose-made to search for emails in your mail folders, matching the criteria you specify.

However, when using Windows Search or (Windows key + F) it searches files; emails in Outlook are not actual files because they are all contained within an encrypted PST file which Windows Search cannot read.

So Outlook Search & Windows Search are entirely separate tools for two different purposes.

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I have Windows Vista (Service Pack 2) and recently I cannot use search from the start menu (search box.)  I have tried everything, including suggestions from 'help'.  When I try to search, I get the message that the Index is not turned on. It
offers to turn it on but when clicked, it does not turn on.  I would appreciate any help/suggestions. Thanks!

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Hi everyone,

Can you please help me figure out how to fix my "search bar" Sorry, I do not know the name of it but I included a picture. I just reformatted my laptop and now it does not work the way it did before. I used to type msconfig, device manager, and cmd.exe then "enter" and these applications open up. Now, as you can see on the picture, it does not show device manager anymore. My search indexing is on, see picture. I would really appreciate a hand. Thanks.


A:Search Indexing problem

Hello s7ven,

This may be able to help. Check through the items in the NOTE boxes to see if setting those settings may be able to help.

Search in Windows 7

Hope this helps,

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i don't search very often and when i do the old search companion gets the job done this new search tool that came with SP3 just gets in the way and indexing is probably just chewing up my drive space

A:how to disable the new search tool and indexing

Hello goku90504,

Click Start > Run > type in the Run dialogue box type


This should uninstall that partitcular update.
Also I think it is listed in Add/Remove programs. You may have to select

"show updates".

The above process should remove Windows Search 4

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I just upgraded to W8.1 and now I find the my indexing/search service won't start. It tries, but won't start. I have used the Search Troubleshooter and Search Service still fails to start. Also, a right click on the start button, a menu pops up that resembles classic Windows Start Menu. Most of those functions don't work. Anyone else having problems like these? Will appreciate any help you can give. From my Event Log: The Windows Search service terminated with the following error:
The system cannot find the file specified.
The Windows Search service terminated unexpectedly. It has done this 536 time(s).

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When I do a search, I want Windows 7 to search all files in that folder recursively and return matches by filename and give me an option to search by text within those files (binary not optional obviously).

I figured out how to turn off indexing but I can't make it search by all files and I'm not sure how to specify to search text within those files.

I really don't care how long it takes to find a file as I'd rather wait to find it then have nothing return at all.

A:How do I turn off indexing and allow search for all files?

I use and recommend File Locator Lite (free), and it works well without indexing.

FileLocator Lite - Free File Searching Utility

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Why is Rebuild Search Indexing so Slow?(I apologize if this doesn't belong here.)

My boss has a new quad core with a fresh version of windows 7 including his imported outlook files...its extremely fast... but its indexing is so slow. I need to speed up indexing. I've tried limiting the indexing to just outlook files. We do not have time to let the laptop merely idle for search indexing to go at full capacity.

I want to know:
Why is search indexing so slow to rebuild compared to other computer functions.

How can I make it index faster?


JP Baraniecki

A:Why is Rebuild Search Indexing so Slow?

You can find the process for it in task manager and change the priority to Above Normal or High. Don't use Real Time, unless you think the BSOD is pretty to look at. Or you can just turn it off in services. If you don't use the search function more than once a week or so to locate personal files, its not necessary to have running. I just noticed you have XP. All its used for in XP is the search tool. 98% of people never use it, and indexing literally just applies to the search tool.

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After upgrading to TH2 I had an issue with windows search. The service wouldn't start at all.

I managed to run the Windows Search service.
I had to delete the Key RebuildIndex and change value of key SetupCompletedSuccessfully to 1.

Now that the search service works I have another problem. The indexing is not working:

In Advanced options the Index Location is blank and the button Select New is grayed out.

When I run the troubleshooter I get : Incorrect permissions on Windows Search directories -- Not fixed

The owner of folders C:\Program Data\Microsoft\Search and C:\Program Data\Microsoft\Search\Data is SYSTEM. Administrator and my user name are added with Full Control.
What could be the problem?

A:Windows Search and Indexing Broken

Hi, part of your problem may be addressed towards the end of this thread:

Solved File Explorer Search Not Working - Windows 10 Forums

Modify button: I had to do this once having even lost Indexing Options in Control Panel- I first fixed that, then to solve the modify button being greyed out:
Disable and re-enable the feature through dism.
dism /Online /Disable-Feature /FeatureName:"SearchEngine-Client-Package"
dism /Online /Enable-Feature /FeatureName:"SearchEngine-Client-Package"

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I notice that the indexing service is available as a windows 7 feature along with windows search. The indexer service does not appear to be checked/installed by default but the windows search feature is installed by default. My question is why is the "indexing service" an option when the newer and better "windows Search" does the same thing better? What happens if you install both? Thanks.

A:Indexing service vs windows search

Hi,The following website answers your question in details.Windows SearchFor more information, please also refer to the following articles.Windows Index FeaturesBest RegardsDale Qiao

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I have trouble ejecting my USB memory sticks. Using Unlocker it tells me Windows's search indexer is running on it. At one time I had another HDD as the D drive and I'm thinking Windows's search indexer still thinks D is there so it tries to index it. Any way to clear out what Windows Search indexes?


A:Windows Search indexing USB sticks

Hello Frosty,

Double check in your indexed locations to see if D: is still listed. If so, then you can uncheck D: to remove it from being indexed.

Index Locations - Add or Remove

Hope this helps,

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I recently turned off Indexing on my computer because I wanted to save diskspace and keep my laptop turned on all the time, and it is really disturbing at night hearing the ventillator spinning on maximum.
But now if I try to search for anything pressing F3 or clicking into the box at the top right corner, it gives no results. Neither directories nor files.
Do I MUST have Indexing turned on?

A:no search results with Indexing turned off

Well of course you need Windows Search turned on when you attempt to search. As it is doing the search.
In Power Management set Minimum Processor State to 1%, also set System cooling policy to passive.
That should keep the computer running cooler.

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Most grateful for any help on this please.

I am having problems with Windows searching and am unable to find a lot of my pictures despite them definitely being there. I have followed on line suggestions and I've reached the Indexing Locations screen via control panel. On the indexed loactions screen (see screenshot) it is very obvious that the Pictures folder is not present under my folder structure. All other methods of accessing my folder structure show the pictures folder. I am assuming that this may be the cause of my search problems. How do I get the pictures folder to show so that I can reindex .

A:Indexing Options Pictures folder missing

I have found the problem. My pictures folder had moved into saved games. Next problem is why do I get that silly can't move because already open. One step forward etc

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after updating to 8.1, windows search is slow, even though I disabled Bing and I don't have extra locations in the index, and it doesn't find files even though they are in subfolders of My Documents. This problem is very outstanding with Word files.

I tried deleting the Data folder, and rebuilding the index, but to no avail.

I need a way to search for text within files, so the "Everything" app does not seem to be the solution.
I am trying out AgentRansack right now, and it does work, but it is slow and uses up almost all the CPU when it is searching.

best thing would be to fix windows search

A:search/indexing 8.1 doesn't find files


trying out AgentRansack right now, and it does work

Hello, yes, Agent is 'terribly' good at finding stuff, I personally gladly trade some speed for reliability and ease of use compared to w search. For 'content search' remember to set a few criteria (if practical), see example in attachment (you may be doing this already, then please disregard this comment). That search took 10 seconds, without the criteria it may take an hour while it ransacks many file types not likely to contain anything one is looking for.

Some other member here may shed some light on your w8 problem. Good luck.

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I have always un-ticked Indexing in XP Pro (to speed up overall system performance) and search/find worked by actually searching the hard drive/folder. But in Vista when I turn off Indexing, search does not work at all. It doesn't list any search results at all, it doesn't even attempt to search through the drive/folder. Is that normal?

A:Does Vista Require Indexing for Search to Work?

Hello Hammerdown,

Normally when you disable the Index in Vista, Vista will just default to searching with a non-index search. Check you search settings to see if they are similar to how it is set in the tutorial below to see if that is why you are not having any search results.

Search Options

This may be useful as well.

Advanced Search

Hope this helps,

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First, I noticed that on my Windows 7 32 bit laptop, from one day to the other, Windows search crashed. I tried to delete and rebuilt the Indexing, but the response of the program was: Indexing is not running. Tried to troubleshoot the problem: Troubleshoot and prevent computer problems - Search and Indexing, find items on your computer using Windows Search. Start, next: Files don't appear in search results. Next... blah blah - problems found: windows search service not running! Not Fixed (OH, REALLY??)
OK; then I went to Microsoft's page to download the Fix It programme. Cool: trying to run the downloader: We are sorry but the program encountered an error trying to contact to the server. Please try again later. (WHEN?)
To download an utilito to try to troubleshoot the problem, click here.
Code 8004FE2C
OK, I clicked there, and comes a cabinet file, Microsoft Automated Troubleshooting Services Diagnostic - Run - Result:
Troubleshooting couldn't identify the problem. You can try exploring other options (HAHAHAHAHAHA)

Then I noticed that I could download the portable version of Fix It. I manage, I install, and run. Launch Fix it. Detect Problems and Apply the Fixes for me (recommended): ... resetting windows search... detecting additional problems...
Windows search is crashing and failing: NOT FIXED
Windows search does not star and gives and error message: NOT FIXED
Windows search does not show any results: NOT FIXED.

Explore additional options --- Get ... Read more

A:No way to resolve Windows Search and Indexing errors

Hi see the suggestions here Windows Forums ? indexing not running - View topic

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Hi, all -
So my hard drive dropped dead a couple of months ago and I bought a new one.  The old one was 500GB, and while looking at prices on WD notebook hard drives, the 750GB was pretty close in price, so I bought it.
My mistake. 
After a full system restore from a disk image I had, I realized that I couldn't search for text in the body of my emails in MS Outlook 2010 the way I used to be able to.  So the first thing I checked was the indexing Options.  That window opened and said "Indexing is not running."  The list of included and excluded locations was completely blank.  So, I clicked on "Advanced" and hit the "Rebuild" button.  A window popped up that said this might take some time to complete, but nothing actually changed or started running.  Also in the Advanced tab for indexing were fields for "Current Location" and "New Location."  Both of those were blank.  So I clicked "Troubleshoot search and indexing," but "A problem is preventing the troubleshooter from starting." 
Then I realized that whereas I used to be able to type a file name into the Start Menu "Search programs and files" field and have it come up, this no longer worked.  Once it couldn't find the file, I clicked on "See More Results," and instead of the usual search window opening, the window seemed to disappear AS it was opening, if that makes sense.  It looked like a crash.
So I went all over the interne... Read more

A:Windows Search and Indexing crashing -- have tried all other fixes

I had a similar issue after replacing a failed 250 GB Toshiba hard drive with a larger 500 GB Toshiba drive and using HP recovery disks. The recovery seemed to go fine until I attempted to use Windows update. I kept getting messages that said the service is not running and several error codes. Windows built in Troubleshooter also would not work just like in your case. I didn't use the computer after that as I immediately began researching the problem so I don't know if Search and Indexing was working properly or not.This is not my area of expertise so I had to ask for help. I received help here at BC and over at the HP forums. I spent hours with Microsoft Support over the course of several days and tried every known fix. Microsoft Support does not charge if there is an issue installing updates or applying service packs.Anyway, apparently this is a known issue with Windows and Advanced Format Hard Drives.The symptoms and error codes all pointed to installing (updating) the Intel Rapid Storage Technology RAID Driver.The first time I tried installing the driver there was no change. I found a more current driver version tried again, rebooted twice and Windows accepted/installed the driver. After a third reboot windows update and the Troubleshooter was working.The manufacturer of your computer (you didn't say) may require a similar driver if not the Intel Rapid Storage RAID Driver so you may want to start with them and find out what they use.

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please look at the attachment 
i have pc that do not have  this folder.
1.what this folder means ? i need this folder ?
3.when i go to indexing options >modify >"show all locations" is gray

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On my desktop, I have my pictures folder mapped to an external harddrive. The pictures icon still shows under This PC, which is where I want it.

I have a new laptop, also with Windows 8.1, and I'm trying for the same setup. However, when I try to set it up I can only get the icon to show in the library and not under My PC. When I try to work it to show under My PC, I get a message saying the files need to be indexed. I have tried to index them but I haven't been able to. Network files don't show as an option for indexing.

Any ideas?

A:Problem sharing folder on network drive and indexing

Nevermind. It resolved itself after a reboot.

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I have been trying to enable the search feature on my windows 7 64-bit machine but when I attempt to do so, or use indexing, nothing seems to happen. When I try to enable windows search in services I get "Windows could not start the Windows Search service on Local Computer - error 5 access denied."

When I detect problems in search and indexing it tells me windows search service is not running but lists the error as not fixed. When I try to manually add a config folder in the ProgramData - Microsoft - Search - Data folder it erases itself after a few seconds.

This account has full admin control, I don't get it. I even tried to do this through the hidden admin account.

This laptop is only a month old but I can't turn the search feature on. I think maybe if I modify it to not include the external in indexing it would not mess up, but I can't even touch the modify button without enabling windows search, which is currently impossible. Any help?

A:Windows Search Service/Indexing - Access Denied?

Try reregistering the windows installer service:

You want to unregister and then reregister.

1) Start> Run

2) Type in msiexec /unreg

3) Press enter

4) Start> Run

5) Type in msiexec /regserver

6) Press enter

Hopefully that will fix it, if not let us know. A Guy

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Ran my 1st repair install and was amazed at the smoothness and end results...but...I see I do not have a search box now in explorer and there is no "Indexing Options" in control panel.

Please advise as to how to get Indexing back...hopefully....easily


A:Lost all search/indexing after successfull Repair Install

Never mind...found Brinks article on indexing/windows services...everything working now...index is building...


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I have "Internet Explorer history" checked on my indexing options screen.

When I search for a URL that's IN my internet history, nothing EVER comes up. Meaning, I can't search on anything and have it come from my internet history.

For example, I'm on OKCupid. If I search on "okcupid" nothing comes up at all.

Any suggestions as to how this works?

A:indexing options/search - Internet Explorer history

I can't help with IE, because I only touch it when forced to, but Opera has it's own set of panels to find it's history within it's own GUI.

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I thought I'd post this as an issue I came across today.

I noticed that the contents of PDF files were not showing up in Searches from File Explorer (and I guess Cortana).

I should be able to type in a word from a PDF file and, as long as the PDF file is in an indexed location, this should appear in search results.

It turns out that this is a problem which occurs when Adobe Reader is installed, apparently affecting x64 versions of Windows.

The search "iFilter" for PDFs gets broken, so the search doesn't index them. When looking in Indexing Options | Advanced | File Types, the entry for .pdf says "Registered iFilter is not found".

This seems to be the relevant page on Adobe's Knowledge base:

Note that it says it's fixed in Adobe Reader 11.04, but I'm using a later version of Adobe Reader and still had the problem in Windows 10 x64.

iFilter PDF search doesn't work on Windows 8 x64

Windows 8 64 bit provides native support for the PDF iFilter, which enables indexing PDFs so you can search for specific text. Installing Acrobat or Reader 11.0 breaks this feature. It overwrites the Windows 8 native iFilter registry entry with the product registry entry.


Do one of the following:

Update to Acrobat/Reader 11.0.4 or higher. The issue is fixed in version 11.0.4. [DavidY:But it wasn't for me]PDF iFilter 9 is not supported on Windows 8, update to ... Read more

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I'm running Vista Home Premium on a system I built two months ago (specs in my signature). Have had a few bugs here and there, but nothing too serious, until three days ago when I turned it on and nothing happened.

I am often getting stuck on a blank black screen after the BIOS flashes by but before Windows displays its splash screen. Sometimes it will boot all the way into windows after about 20 minutes but then every single task takes two to three minutes to complete. For example, click on Vista orb, wait 90 seconds, menu pops up. Press control-alt-delete, wait 3 minutes, get to the menu. Click on Start Task Manager, wait 2 minutes, task manager appears. Click on processes tab, wait one minute switches to processes tab.

You get the picture, right now I'm two seconds from throwing the whole thing out the window in frustration. There was, however, a glimmer of hope. Once there was an error message that said something like search indexing had failed and after acknowledged that error, my computer ran fine for ten minutes before grinding to a halt again. I'm not sure how that helps me.

I've also tried booting from the Vista DVD to repair/reinstall Vista and start from scratch, but the same slow down happens and I can't even get in to Vista on the CD. Once it got as far as displaying a screen that said Windows files are loading but there it was stuck.

Please help, I'm at my wit's end.

A:Vista suddenly has ground to a halt (search indexing?)

have you looked ion device manager to see if drives are running in "pio mode"?

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As topic title says.

I have windows search disabled, but do find myself occasionally searching through emails, is it enough to just enable indexing in outlook or does it require the OS indexing also enabled.

A:does outlook indexing need windows search enabled to work?

You should be able to search (slower) with indxing turned off. Better yet, you can modify indexing to only search in specific places/for specific things. If you disabled windows search service, I don't know if you are able to search still. You should only need to deselect the harddrive/folders/files that you do not want to index.

Go to indexing options>modify to find where you can disable searching for specific things.

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Search in the Outlook 2010 doesn't find items. When I look at the Indexing Status under Search Tools, it states "Outlook is currently indexing your items. 19173 items remaining to be indexed." The number doesn't change. Any help is greatly appreciated!

A:Outlook Search Incomplete - Indexing Doesn't Finish

Worth a look, AND .

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Windows 7 Pro 64 bit. Office Pro 2010. 32 bit Outlook. HP laptop.

This started with my searches in Outlook not working. I looked for solutions.
Here is my status and things I have tried:
- Ran scanpst. Errors were repaired.
- Ran Office 2010 "repair" from control panel. Errors were fixed.
- Ran SFC. Errors were found in system files. But when I look at the log file, there are NO files listed as corrupt. Not sure what to do next on this.
- When I go to "Indexing options" There no locations specified for indexing and it says "Indexing is not running"; when I go to "advanced" options, there is NO "file types" tab at all, file settings are grayed out, there is no "index location". when I click "troubleshoot", I get: "An error occured while troubleshooting" "A problem is preventing the troubleshooter from starting". Error detail in attachment.
- I went to "Windows features" under Programs in Control panel. I did NOT turn off Windows search. I turned ON, Indexing service, with no impact.

Yes, I am frustrated.
Can anyone provide additional steps?

I am considering reinstalling and/or repairing Win 7 and Office 2010 from DVDs, if it would not be too disruptive of all my personal settings. Any thoughts on this? I have the DVDs for both with product keys.


A:Outlook search does not work - Indexing not working - tried many thing

Hi Itrip, welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

Have a look through these websites to see if there is a solution there for you. The first one is for Outlook 2010, the second is for Outlook 2007 & the third is also for outlook 2010.

Outlook 2010 instant search not working

Outlook 2010 Mail Indexing Not Working (Windows Search Email - Microsoft Community

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My indexing stopped. When I checked "Windows Search" service is in auto startup mode but it wasn't running.
When I tried to manually start, it gave me "Error 2: The system cannot find the file specified." message.

Please help. Without an ability to search my computer I am pretty much lost now.

A:Indexing doesn't work. Windows search service stopped

Can you clarify that please? Is Windows search enabled?

Regards....Mike Connor

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I'm new forum participant; this is my 1st post. I turned off my PC 2 weeks ago before leaving on vacation. Upon my return, Outlook (for searches only) now always omits the 2 weeks of records during the time my PC was off. The records are in Outlook and visible; just not displayed on searches. When I check indexing status, indexing has been running since I returned 3 days ago, but the number of indexed records remains constant at 488,455. So it seems indexing is running but not really completing its indexing sequence.

The problem is applicable to my exchange account as well as my Verizon pop account. Searching large folders in my email is critical to my job. Suggestions?

A:Outlook search omitting 2 weeks of records and indexing won't stop

If you've been away for a couple of weeks did you do the basics/ Check for windows updates/ Update your security suite,
Also what year version of Office and outlook are you running ?
Just like to add this,
Clean boot,

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Windows 7 64 Professional- Indexing my Outlook 2010 emails and I can't access search for old emails- how do i get it to stop indexing email.
Everything was fine. I have Outlook 2010 and windows 7 professional 64 bit and do not wish to upgrade to anything at this time. 
My son was home from college for winter break. He "indexed" my  files and included my outlook 2010 emails which DID NOT NEED INDEXED as i was perfectly happy with the way i use my 2010 outlook program to search for old emails back as far as 2010. 
NOW, all of a sudden, when i go to find and email and type the content word into my email search bar i get the message that my emails are not availabel as "search results may be incomplete becasue items are still being indexed. how do i stop this? Will i lose anything or the ability to search the old way if i do anyting now? 
My son has issues and he did this without my permission. He indexed everything including emails. He is back at college now but the indexing is always going on in the background. i didn't need this and never had it before. how do i stop it and will it mess up the way my email search? Is there any way to restore the email search capability i had before my son went into the windows system and checkmarked to index everythinhg?

A:Outlook 2010 emails and I can't access search how to stop indexing

Also, does anyone out there know if the following error could be related to the above question and how i can fix it?












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[ EventSourceName]

Windows Search Service












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After noticing some issues with Libraries performing the way they should, I discovered that Indexing services are started, but Indexing Options in the Control Panel says that indexing is not running.
Suggestions are welcome.
KenKen Kimbrough

A:Indexing Service is started but indexing Options says it's not.

Seems to be related to the index. Go to Control Panel > System & Maintenance > Indexing Options and in the Advanced Options you click on Restore Defaults and also Rebuild Index. Click OK and then try to start the service.Blogging about Windows for IT pros at

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I am trying to index an external hard drive. It has take a day so far and it hasn't moved past a certain point for a few hours 1,787,175. How can I fix this. How can I found out which file is causing the indexing program to freeze. Once I get it fixed how can I make indexing run faster. It takes quite a bit of time so I'm willing to devote more system resources to speed it up. Also, I noticed there is a way to narrow the index by file type. There are a few hundred. Is there a way to deselect them all really quickly or is it absolutely necessary to unclick them all, which will take 5 minutes!!!

A:How can I fix Indexing freeze and make Indexing run faster.

Could be it's being stalled by corrupted files. I'd right-click the drive icon, choose Properties, click the Tools tab and do the Error-checking choosing the full/complete. It requires shutting the computer down then should run when starting up [I don't use Restart for this]. Following that one could defrag the drive, Piriform's Defraggler tends to do better than the built-in application.

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Is there any way to disable the "Your search might be slow because indexing is not running. Click to turn on the index" message?
I have disabled windows search service for performance consideration, but this message bar appears every time I am searching for files, and even if I clicking the cross on the right of the bar, next time when I am doing another search it re-appears.
How can I permanently disable it, by registry or other means?

A:Disable "Your search might be slow because indexing is not running" message

Hi Bob,
I would like to say that this notification will pop up if you disable the Windows Search Service. You can click the bar to turn on
the Index and the notification will disappear.
If you would like to not turn on the Index and still want to disable the
Windows Search Service, I think we cannot remove this alert.
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This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread.

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So I noticed that the search in my Windows 8.1 simply won't work to find files and settings. Then I went to Indexing Options in the Control Panel and I noticed that one of the locations Indexing was trying to point to is:

D:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\ (Unavailable)

This is odd since this is not the location of the Start Menu (which is in the C drive, not the D drive).

So I went on to remove this location and manually add the location of the Start Menu in the C drive (i.e. C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\).

To my surprise, adding the location in the C drive is actually listed as the D drive -- not the C drive. In Fact any directory I try to add to the Index located in the C drive is in fact listed as being in the D drive!

I'm at a loss here, and in fairness I reckon this is a bug.

Have anyone here ever experienced this? Is there any workaround?

EDIT: While the search does not work. It seems like the Windows Explorer search works without any issues.
Also I reckon it is worth mentioning that I change the location of my search index to the D drive. This is because my C drive is a Solid State Drive, while my D drive is a traditional Hard Drive.

Thanks in advance for the help.


A:BUG - Indexing Options keep pointing to D drive rather than the C drive - search charm won't work

Hello Roger,
I have to say that I am disappointingly surprised with this answer.
If you read my initial post carefully, the issue is that if I add a location on the 'C' drive it gets market as being on the 'D' drive instead. Therefore, your test of adding a folder to the indexing and delete it afterwards is moot.
Anyway I found out the issue to be that the SID of the D partition was the same as the SID assigned to the C partition and that was causing conflicts.
I looked all around for a way to change the partition SID but I couldn't find anything. So in the end what I had to do is backup (copy) the contents of the D partition, delete that partition (not format), then create it again. Now when adding the disk to
the index, I noticed it works fine. I don't consider this necessarily a solution, but a workaround.

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I had been working an issue where the search function was not working correctly, I then noticed that Indexing was not working and I could not update windows.
I wanted to post this in case someone had similar issues, it took me a while to figure this one out...

The problem likely started when I cloned my drive to a new Seagate drive using a Seatools *Seagate** utility, which I believe is actually made by Acronis.

The final fix was installing new drivers for the Hard drive from Intel "Intel Rapid Storage Technology"

Symptoms =
Failure code when trying to start indexing = 0x8e5e0247
Search function would not work properly
Indexing was not working
Could not get Windows update to install

windows 7 indexing is not running acronis clone Intel Rapid Storage Technology 0x8e5e0247 windows update not working

A:Windows 7 not updating, Indexing not working, search not working, FYI

I've seen those Intel Rapid Storage Technology drivers cause more harm than good, awesome you found out and updated them and got rid of the problems.

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Hello, my Indexing Service is not working. The options are grayed out
Also my Windows Search service does not start. When I try to start it, I get these errors in the event log:

1. "The Windows Search Service cannot open the Jet property store.
The content index server cannot update or access information because of a database error. Stop and restart the search service. If the problem persists, reset and recrawl the content index. In some cases it may be necessary to delete and recreate the content index. (0x8004117f)"

2. "The Windows Search Service has failed to created the new system catalog. Internal error <4,0x8004117f>."

I'm totally lost as how to solve this problem. I spent hours on the web trying to find a solution, with no luck sofar. Anyone here who has a clue how to solve this one?


A:Windows Search service and Indexing Service do not work

Was this a clean install, or an upgrade from XP.
What sort of HDD arrangement.
More details would be helpful.

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Hi, just a first post here and a problem concerning VCD.

I ordered a CD online because I thought it would play in my CD player...guessed wrong. Apparently the reason I got a cheap deal, was because it was a VCD.

anyway, how can I convert this VCD to audio? I'd like to make an audio CD out of it if the very least, a format I can deal with like .mp3 or .wav

I tried a few downloads, but either the software doesn't work or it's too confusing. Thanks in advance.


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Does anyone know where (or how) I can get Apache 2 for windows. I have tried and it won't download.

A:Apache 2 for windows (With PHP Preferably)

I usually recommend WAMP for people who want to run Apache on Windows.

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Hi all. I have a set of substrings with '+' delimiter in a cell, e.g.:


Here is some code:

Sub test()
Dim x As Variant
x = Range("C13")
y = Len(Range("C13")) - Len(WorksheetFunction.Substitute(Range("C13"), "+", "")) + 1
Range("C14").Resize(, y) = Split(x, "+")
'For Each Cell In Range("C14").Resize(, y)
'Cell.Value = Cell.Value
'Next Cell
'MsgBox WorksheetFunction.Sum(Range("C14").Resize(, y)) / y
End Sub

1. I cribbed 'Dim x as Variant'.
2. The cell is C13.
3. The 'y =' line evaluates the number of substrings.
4. The 'Range("C14")' line writes the substrings to a horizontal range

The remmed lines are where I'm stuck. In the first place, the written values are General type (thus the 'For/Next' loop as a kludge conversion). In the second place, I really want to do this without the worksheet ; but I can't figure how to process the array (i.e. for each element in x, z = z + element value).

NB: the MsgBox line is what I'm really really after, i.e. substrings average.

Any help appreciated, although please explain to me as you would a child since 'real' VBA is something of a bete noir.


A:Solved: Excel 'Split' (preferably on the fly)

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I have a "doc" folder with multi level linked html files. It is the specification of a software library.

I would like to convert the WHOLE folder into a PDF file I can transfer to my iPad so I can access the specifications away from my desktop.

I have tried half a dozen programs/online facilities that, either don't work off the HDD or only convert ONE level starting from "index.html".

I CAN go to the lowest level and convert some info but NOT the whole document.

Anyone know of a free (or trial) (or non expensive) convertor? Supposedly, there are some that cost hundreds of dollars. AND I don't know if THEY work? I don't want to pay that kind of cash and find it doesn't do this or it doesn't do that.

I suspect there isn't a free convertor but I thought I would ask.

A:I'm looking for a HTML to PDF converter, preferably a free

Have you tried this Adobe free trial ?
It offers to cost $14.99 per month too.

Convert HTML to PDF, HTML to PDF converter | Adobe Acrobat XI

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I work as an airborne survey analyst. We utilize an aircraft to acquire hyperspectral images, RGB images, and LiDAR data. We utilize a monitor to control our hyperspectral system, and also utilize a second display in order to track our flight progress, altitude, speed, flight line selected, heading, distance to start of line, distance to end of line, etc. Our survey plane is a small plane, and there is little space available to put two large monitors. In fact, it's impossible. We need a small monitor (perhaps 13"-17") with dual-input capability, so we can simultaneously control two separate systems. Is this in anyway possible?

Thank you.

A:Two Inputs, one monitor, no switching. Preferably PBP.

I've not seen any monitors that will display two inputs. There may be a specialty item somewhere, but standard PC parts won't do it.

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Well i love to play mmo's but hate paying monthly fees for me the best online game is probably Runescape even though its not COMPLETELY free its still fun to play.
If you have anything better let me know.

A:What is the best free online game? (preferably mmo)

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Some how some where, I changed what happens when I left double click on a folder, I get a search window, to open a folder I have to right click it and select open, I've tried looking in folder options and in the help but it evades me. How do i change it ?

thanks for any help


A:clicking folder opens search window instead of folder

One thought is that your mouse button settings may have somehow changed.

Select "Start" > "Control Panel" > "Category View" > "Appearance and Themes" and in "Appearance and Themes" look for the small window in your upper left hand corner of the window which says"SEE ALSO"

Under that will be four links; "FONTS"


This will open the "Mouse Pointers Property Dialogue Box" Select the "Buttons Tab"

There you can check to see if somehow your mouse button settings have been changed somehow.

If this doesn't help you the perhaps someone else has an idea.

Hope this helps!


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For some reason, the right-click context menu on any of my folders now defaults to Search..., but this is not in my Folder or File Folder in File Types.

I will post an HJT log if needed.

A:Solved: Opening any folder opens the Search folder

Start> Run> type: regedit and hit OK.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \ Directory \ shell
click on shell in the left pane and in the right panel check that default is set to data value none.
If you make any changes, you have to reboot for changes to take effect.

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Hi guys, a little background before I ask my question...

As you might be aware I'm an editor here at Techspot, that means I receive allot of mail, both legitimate and spam...

Using an e-mail-filtering program like Cloudmark SpamNET did make life allot easier for me. With one apparent drawback being that when I download mails from my Techspot account those mails are deleted from the server.

Since I'm quite often on the move and need access to my e-mails wherever I happen to currently be this proved to be quite a hassle, since I became locked to my home PC...

So therefore I setup my web based Yahoo account to also retrieve mail from the Techspot account and that works really good, now I have the freedom I want but with the drawback that was fixed with my other solution of using SpamNET? Catch 22 anyone?

If I don't check my Yahoo account every day those free 6mb of storage will soon have been filled up by both legitimate mail and spam. (Not to mention how much worse this has become with the recent Sobig.F virus where every mail is 100kb in size...)

Thus now I have the mobility but no spam filtering, so I also have to read about how to best please my partner which someone else than me seems to think they know better while looking for the legitimate mail...

What I had in mind was to set up my own SMTP server which I will have 100% control of, now the only question is what sort of software I should use... I.e. do you know of/have you tried a g... Read more

A:Preferably free; web-based e-mail server?

i would HIGHLY suggest using a linux server for this need. While offering the SMTP service you need, you will have a higher secruity and a better feeling about it not being down more than its up if you were to run windows.

Running linux server also provides you with protection(better than windows offers) from hackers, and most virus's that were made on Win32 OS's. So you wouldnt have to worry about your linux box being virused to all heck.

And, linux is FREE, and open source.

You also have the option of leaving messages on the SERVER itself and not actually downloading them.

As far as spam mail goes..there are some good ones and some bad ones.

Postini is what my local ISP uses, i have done NO research on this and quite frankly not even sure if its linux/unix compatable.

you can probably do a search on or tucows com for a nice spam filtering system.

Hope this helps you ease some of whats on your mind.

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super sensitive tiny (preferably wireless) external microphone

Respected Friends

This is my first post here and seeing the helpful community here I am daring to ask for your advice.

Is it possible to get online (AND SHIPPED TO INDIA) ;

an external microphone which is

a. super sensitive (so that the microphone is able to catch voices clearly and crisply from long distances)

b. tiny (say as small as earphones of walkman's)

c. preferably wireless (NOT a must)

d. shipped to Kolkata India.

Price is NOT really an issue but the product should be very reliable and shipment to India at my home address must be genuine and a bit fast.

Thanks to all of you for reading my post and possible suggesting some website or online resource where payments are safe to be made through credit cards and shipment to India is possible and product fits the requirements.

Thanks again for ur anticipated help and valuable advice.

Your time, patience, effort is truly truly appreciated.

Best of regards



Kolkata India

sunandoghosh (at) rediffmail (dot) com

p.s. The above information is urgently required and as such your promptness and help would be more than appreciated.



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I've tried a few different burning programs recently, and I've been disappointed with most of them. Poor user interfaces, countless bugs, and generally poor performance. What do you think offers the best features and price?
In my opinion, it's ludicrous to charge $49.99 or more for a program that simply burns audio/data discs.
I like Alcohol 120%, but as far as I can tell you can only burn disc images with it.

Thanks for your input,


A:What's the best all-around CD Burning Software for Windows? (preferably free)

Here Ya Go...


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I have a few floppies I have to use for school and I would like to know if there is a utility that can auto-synch a floppy to a certain folder on my hard drive to protect my schoolwork in case of floppy failure? You know, kind of like an iPod synching with iTunes whenever you plug it in? Thanks!


A:Does anyone know of a floppy synching program (preferably freeware)?

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Hi forum

Anyone know of fan controlling software?

I could manually do it from my bios but i don't like the way it's set up i.e. those graph looking types where you click and drag on a small dot by looking at speed and temp and set it manually.

Im looking for a type where it's simpler and might say low, medium or high fan settings. Optional and you just select whichever and it sets the fan speed up for you.... this way i find it way better.

I could do the above with my last motherboards software, it gave the simple fan speed options and i could set it to whichever whenever. But now you have to set the speeds by looking at the graphs and im just not a fan of this.
Another thing i am unsure of is the case fans speeds. I know my corsair h60 rear fan and the fan that sits on the cpu are way faster then my case fans. Could the case fans be controlled and be as fast as the h60 corsair fans? This probably depends on how the fans are connected to the motherboard i assume .

Any ideas, thanks.

A:Software to set fan speeds (preferably not the graph type)

You could use one of these ?
NZXT Sentry-2 5.25" Touch Screen Fan Controller -

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think the title says it all.... i need a betetr graphics card, but i know almost nothing about them, only requirements are it must be PCI express, and must support advanced pixel shading 2.0 (or something like that im sure you guys who know what your on about will know what i mean) and id like it to be nvidia because i have an nvidia chgipset and iv got it in my head (probably wrongly) that it will work better if its an nvidia card on an nvidia chipset....

A:decent (preferably Nvidia) graphics card for <80?

I noticed you were in the UK so I took the liberty to check a UK site for you.

Palit GeForce 9800GT 1GB ?79.89 inc VAT
Gigabyte GeForce GT 240 512MB ?72.85 inc VAT

Here are a couple to start you off....The 9800GT is a better card (Clockspeed and RAM) and for that price you really can't go wrong. With either card you're going to need to make sure your PSU (Power Supply) can handle it. With the 9800GT you'll need at least a 400W. With the 240 at least a 450W. If you can find a GTS 250 at a reasonable price, I'd go for that as it's a repackaged 9800GTX (Even better than the GT). To put things into perspective the 240 is basically a repackaging of the 9600.

It really depends on what you're planning to use it for of course. Is there a specific game you're aiming to play with this card? Either way, you're going to want to go with the best bang for your buck and at the moment in your price range, this is it.

Here's a little lesson for nVidia cards:

The second number in the series (8x00, 9x00, 2x0) is the most important. The first number is basically the generation. The second number tells you whether the card is a low end, mid-grade or high end card. You don't want anything below a 6 (ie. 8200, 9400, 230). They are low end cards. There are of course exceptions to the rule because nVidia stupidly rebranded using a different number scheme. For instance, the 250 is a mid-range card even though it has a number below 6. The mid-grade cards are ok for people on a budge... Read more

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I quite like Delicious, Yahoo's social bookmarking service, but the main problem with it is I have to be browsing the Internet with Firefox to use it.

I am wondering if there is any good free bookmarks software out there that runs on my PC rather than via the Internet? I am thinking of using Microsoft Office OneNote 2007 but it's not really sophisticated enough to use as a bookmarking service, nor are the shortcut keys engineered to be used as a bookmarking program.

Can anyone help me out with alternative bookmarks software?


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Basically, I want to search for all the folders on my drive that are missing an *.xmpb file. All of the folders should have one, but some of them don't, so I need a list of those folders. What's the syntax? I tried--

kind:folder NOT *.xmpb

--but it didn't work. Also, this is on a mapped network drive but that's never interfered with my searches before.

Thanks for any help, you'll be seeing me.

A:Search: Can you search for a folder that's missing a filetype?

Hi Chris, welcome to the Seven Forums.

It can't be done with Windows Search. The search you tried (kind:folder NOT *.xmpb) lists all folders where the folder name does not contain string .xmpb.

However, what you want to achieve is totally doable with a simple batch file:

1. @echo off
2. for /d /r %%x in (*) do (
3. if not exist %%x\*.xmpb (
4. echo %%x >>X:\FolderList.txt
5. )
6. )

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Hey All,

New to the forums!

I have used SRS HD Audio/Audio Essentials (or whatever they call it now a days) for much better sound through my system/speakers with good results in the past. However, I was wondering if there is something else out their for DL that may be better? I am somewhat of an audiophile and like high quality sound to listen to my tunes with.

Any suggestions are much appreciated!!

Mr. Cornhusker

A:Can anyone recommend a good virtual sound card? (preferably free)

I've never heard of such a thing. I understand the value of having a high quality physical sound card, but never anything virtualized through software. I'll have to head over to Google and do some reading.

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Can someone recommend an online photo storage service
Ideally free - but would consider paid ones as well if they're better than all the rest

Flickr?? I've never got round to using this! Any good?

I'd be happy to use something like Skydrive
But an annoying thing I found was that it resizes images - erm... I'd rather have the original thank you!

What else should I consider?


A:Need a recommended online photo storage service - preferably free!

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super sensitive tiny (preferably wireless) external microphone

Respected Friends

This is my first post here and seeing the helpful community here I am daring to ask for your advice.

Is it possible to get online (AND SHIPPED TO INDIA) ;

an external microphone which is

a. super sensitive (so that the microphone is able to catch voices clearly and crisply from long distances)

b. tiny (say as small as earphones of walkman's)

c. preferably wireless (NOT a must)

d. shipped to Kolkata India.

Price is NOT really an issue but the product should be very reliable and shipment to India at my home address must be genuine and a bit fast.

Thanks to all of you for reading my post and possible suggesting some website or online resource where payments are safe to be made through credit cards and shipment to India is possible and product fits the requirements.

Thanks again for ur anticipated help and valuable advice.

Your time, patience, effort is truly truly appreciated.

Best of regards



Kolkata India

sunandoghosh (at) rediffmail (dot) com

p.s. The above information is urgently required and as such your promptness and help would be more than appreciated.



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I have a folder which just appeared tilted "Search Result" on desktop. It show up as a System Folder on the explore window for desktop. (looks like a folder icon with Magnifying lens superimposed on it. It is not a shortcut. It will not delete. It will not open. Actually it will not "do" anything. Can someone tell me what it is, why its there, & if I should try to get rid of it and if so how? (Running XP Prof.)

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Win 7 is good in many respects, but the search function is cumbersome. How do I, for instance, search for a file in a specific location (folder or memory stick)? "Search programs and files" just gives you everything there is on the computer for the search words. XP seems much better organized in this respect, or is there something I just have not figured out?

A:search in folder

You can use alternatives like "Search my Files" or "dNgrep" ( Very powerful!) Some features;

FeaturesShell integration (ability to search from explorer)
Plain text/regex/XPath search (including case-insensitive search)
Phonetic search (using Bitap and Needleman-Wunch algorithms)
File move/copy/delete actions
Search inside archives (via plug-in)
Search MS Word documents (via plug-in)
Search PDF documents (via plug-in)
Undo functionality
Optional integration with text editor (like notepad++)
Bookmarks (ability to save regex searches for the future)
Pattern test form
Search result highlighting
Does not require installation (can be run from USB drive)
If you want to search all your files more or less instantaneously try "Everything";
Regards....Mike Connor

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Hi all, I can't find folders in the win7 search, I even type folders that I know are there, but it still does not find them, even win98 used to find folders, could someone help me with this please!

A:Search for folder

What folders are you looking for?

They may not be folders. . . virtualization and Junctions come to mind.

Virtual Store --> Common file and registry virtualization issues in Windows Vista or in Windows 7

Junctions - 1/2-way down page --> - Windows Vista Junction Points

Windows 7 can be a game of "smoke and mirrors" at times.

Regards. . .



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Hello, im trying to make a sub or function which will find a specified folder on my computer. im using Visual Basics, i have found a way of doing this already but the problem is that the way i have mad only searches on one level eg if i tell the program i am looking for a folder within the c:\ drive it will only look there. i want to be able to put in a name of a folder
eg: System

and i would like the program to search the ENTIRE drive for this folder, even within sub directories. is this prossible?
can someone help plz.


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I just discovered a folder by the name of Searches. It contains 3 sub-folders: Everywhere, Indexed Locations, and Microsoft OneNote. The first 2 contain a HUGE number of files, and the same files are in each. The OneNote folder is empty.

From the title of the folder, I guess this is all the searches I've ever run on this machine using Windows search. Why do the first 2 subfolders contain the same files, and why does Windows retain these files? I'd like to delete them. Will that upset Windows?

A:Search folder

If your not totally comfortable with this, don't try it. I've seen people delete the associated files rather than just the searches.

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I'm sorry if this has been answered, but: Is there a way, a syntax or something, that will allow me to find a single folder on a drive. 1) I know the folder is on the drive: it may be a subfolder. 2) The folder's name is one word. 3) No other folder on the drive has this one word as a name. 4) I don't want results that show what's in the folder. 5) I don't want results that show folders or files with multi word names that contain the name I'm looking for. I just want to see this one folder with it's one word name. Is this possible on 7 Pro 64?

A:Search for single folder

Type it in search and see what happens.

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Hello there.

I need to make some icon on the desctop to open a folder for search. Currently i am out of ideas
I have been trying to find an explorers switch, save search results (somehow it opens only a white window and offers to take a look at the left panel. That's kinda stupid as this thing doesn't open with any panel on left side).

Maybe somebody knows how to make this kind of thing?

A:Open folder for search

Do you just want to browse one particular folder from your desktop ?

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How can I search folder by size and or else arrange folders by size.

A:Search by folder size

Hello yousaf465

This will show you how to arrange by folder size etc -

To search in widows you can use the <> greater than, less than keys. ie >10mb will search files greater than 10mb


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I notice that every file open gets loaded into the SEARCH FOLDER. Can this folder be cleared out periodically?

A:Search Folder in Windows 7

Clearing search history.

This should solve the problem.

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earlier today everything was fine. All of a sudden, whenever i doubleclick on a file folder, it opens windows search. i have to manually right click on the folder and click open. please help

A:doubleclick on folder= win xp search HELP!!

#18 Search opens when double clicking a folder

To use the Regedits: Save the REG File to your hard disk. Double click it and answer yes to the import prompt. REG files can be viewed in Notepad by right clicking on the file and selecting Edit.

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My problem is very simple; the little search box in folder view does nothing. Search from windows start menu works good, and WINDOWS+F also works.

Can anyone help me?

The computer in question is a HP 2710p laptop with Win7 x64, and it works brilliantly.
I'm assuming it has nothing to do with other software present, but Avast, Office, Matlab, SPSS, Teracopy, Tuneup Utilities, Dropbox, Winrar, and Steam are present.

A:little search box in folder view does nothing

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Does anyone know if it is possible to set up windows search to return directories in addition to files in the search results? If you have ever used Launchy you probably have a good idea of the functionality I am talking about.

Thanks in advance.

A:Is there a way to search for folders (by folder name)?

Just type the folder name (see post #4 for the explanation).

If you want to limit your search to folders only, use:

kind:folder your-query-here


kind:folders your-query-here

should work

Advanced Query Syntax (Windows)

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#1) Double clicking on folders within My Documents or shortcuts on my Desktop will launch the Windows Search window instead of opening the folder. Have run Hijackthis, Avast antivirus & Spybot to no avail.

#2) Spybot recognized NetFxUpdate_v1.1.4322 as a "Value changed" - do you recommend "allow change" or "deny change". Is NetFxUpdate_v1.1.4322 critical?

Thank you.

A:"Search" pop up instead of opening folder

It is part of the Microsoft .Net Framework. I would allow it. using the System Restore, pick a date prior to the trouble.Start> All Programs> Accessories> System Tools> System Restore.When this opens make sure that "Restore my computer to an earlier time" is chosen, and click on Next>.The dates appearing in bold are the dates that you can restore to, click on the date that you want and then click Next> to start the System Restore, you may get the message telling you that you will have to restart your computer to start, click ok. When the computer restarts and you have logged on as the administrator a Restoration Complete page will appear, click on OK to complete the process.

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I'm using Windows 7 64 with indexed search ON.
I am unable to see search results in my MUSIC folder
When I try, it immediately shows "no items match your search" in the results pane.
I was able to get search results in the past.
other folders search still works fine.

The music folder is logically located on drive D.
I am sharing this folder to a Guest user.

Changing permissions or unsharing the folder altogether did not fix this.
Disabling indexed search did fix this, but then I end up with the original slow annoying search.

A:can't index-search music folder

Solved! while typing this and looking for more ways to fix this!

adding permission to "Administrators" group fixed this!

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Is there a way to hide a folder and for it not to show up when doing a search within the drive?


A:Is there a way to hide a folder + not show up in search?

I'm guessing that you have a file that you don't want another user seeing? This probably isn't what you are looking for, but it's sneaky enough to work. Place the file in the recycle bin. You could also just keep the file on a flash drive which can be removed from the computer when not in use.

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Windows XP sp2 - When I try to open a folder on the desktop the Search Results screen
opens instead. If I open the folder in Explorer it opens the folder as it should. If I make a new folder on the desktop it opens the Search Results screen. Also the Search Results screen always opens on boot up. This has been going on now for about a week. Any ideas!

A:Solved: Search results instead of folder

No one has an idea of what is going on?

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apologies for the double post. I received this error instead of confirmation of my thread being posted:

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We just got done converting from Exchange 2000 to 2003. We've had a few issues, but most of them have been resolved.

Here is one that is remaining.
Most everyone is having a problem accessing some folders in the SEARCH FOLDER. For Follow UP, Unread Mail (anything that doesn't need configuration). We get the message "The operation failed. An object could not be found"

I don't recall starting in safe mode, but I'll give it a try. Otherwise, if anyone knows of permanent solution, please let me know.


A:Outlook Search Folder problems

This may help:

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Hello ,

In windows 7, explorer , I wish to know if there is a build in hot key for adding and removing the
"folder search bar" in the layout CONFIGURE option. if not I need to make a hot key , please help

Thank you a million


A:Windows Explorer folder search bar

It is annoying is it not? I uninstalled Windows Search all together and installed FileSearchEX. You can use auto hotkey with it and it is a better search experience anyway.

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Hi all, i am trying to get a simple batch file to find the path to a certain file, which may vary, but the file name remains the same inside different folders.. would this be possible using batch or would there be a way to do it using a different method?

Also would it be possible to take the path to this file and set it as a variable for use in a DIFFERENT batch file, i have setx in system32 to set a new environment variable if i can get the filepath to be set from there..

anyone needs any more information please ask but any help would be appreciated.

A:Search for file/folder using batch

Probably need to full description of what you want to do - maybe a batch file is not the best answer.

For simple example, you could try a batch file containing the command

DIR C:\%1 /s > pathout.txt

Then %1 is a variable, so you would use the batch file as : findfile name_of_a_file where you substitue the name of the file you are searching for each time you use the batch file. The DIR command lists all the files of that name (and wild card could be used just as easily), with the /S switch causing a recursive search through subdirectories, starting at C:\ The redirection parameter causes the ourput of the DIR command to be output to a text file called pathout.txt.

If you examine pathout.txt it contains a set of paths and files found in the format

Directory of C:\mydocu~1\personal

PERSONAL.DOC 36234 28/07/2008 10:59

where (because this is a surviving Dos program), the pathname is stated in the old Dos 8.3 layout. You see what I mean by 'not the best answer' ? Then the path(s) could be extracted by, for example, a simple basic program which in turn could actually build, or create the actual paths for use in a different batch file.

There are umpteen freeware programs from the days of yore capable of doing the same thing as DIR in a million different ways, but sticking to just Windows XP, the Dir command works as described, the ATTRIB command (found in c:\windows\system32) can do much the same thing but outputs full path names without s... Read more

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