Discrepancy Between Vista and Outlook 2007 Search Results

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Ahmed Mesbah, May 30, 2008.

  1. Ahmed Mesbah

    Ahmed Mesbah Guest

    Hello Group!

    When searching for email using the search box at the bottom of the Vista
    Start menu (or the separate Search Window), the results are always
    incomplete. This does not occur when I use Outlook's Instant Search. Even
    when using parameters like:

    kind:mail Search Term

    Email that I know exists does not show up in the Vista menu, but shows up
    instantly when I use Outlook's Instant Search box. The indexing control
    panel reports that indexing is complete, the number of indexed items looks
    just about right, and I've always got Outlook running minimized to tray. Has
    anybody else noticed this behavior?

    My setup is: Vista SP1 with a clean install of Office 2007

    Troubleshooting I've tried so far:

    I've made sure that "Search Communications" is checked in the Start Menu
    customization options
    Outlook Search options are set to index both of my pst files and all items
    in the Deleted items folder
    Repairing Office 2007
    Running Office Diagnostics
    Running the Scanpst.exe utility
    Rebuilding the index
    Restoring indexing defaults, restarting and leaving the computer idle to
    rebuild the index
    Restarting the indexing service

    The email certainly seems to be indexed, I'm just wondering why it doesn't
    all show up in the Start Menu search results or the Vista Search window like
    it does in Outlook Instant Search. Any ideas would be great appreciated.

    Ahmed
     
    Ahmed Mesbah, May 30, 2008
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  2. Outlook uses an SQL 'query' to search the profile *.PST file (a structured
    database). The Windows index searches for 'text' within a file, another
    thing all together.
    I would imagine the same would be true for an Excel *.XLS or whatever, for
    the same reason.
     
    Mark L. Ferguson, May 30, 2008
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  3. Ahmed Mesbah

    Ahmed Mesbah Guest

    Thanks for your reply, Mark. However, does that mean that on any Vista
    machine, a search for email will always be incomplete or return no results
    and that this behavior is by design? It sounds strange that Vista search
    would be incapable of doing what even Windows Desktop Search on XP did.
    What's the point of searching, if you're always second guessing the results?

    Ahmed

    message Outlook uses an SQL 'query' to search the profile *.PST file (a structured
    database). The Windows index searches for 'text' within a file, another
    thing all together.
    I would imagine the same would be true for an Excel *.XLS or whatever, for
    the same reason.
     
    Ahmed Mesbah, May 30, 2008
    #3
  4. Mark L. Ferguson, May 30, 2008
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