File search/delete in Vista is hopeless

Discussion in 'Windows Vista File Management' started by Nick Payne, Dec 28, 2008.

  1. Nick Payne

    Nick Payne Guest

    1. I try searching for files in a directory structure with .de. in the
    filename by entering .de. in the search field in Windows Explorer. I not
    only get files with .de. in the filename but also files whose names don't
    match the search string, such as mozart-hrn3-defs.ily or If I
    use quotes (".de.") as the search string then it correctly finds only .de.
    files. Why should the quotes be needed? They aren't needed in WinXP Explorer
    to get the same search to work correctly.

    2. Having found the files (about 1300 of them), I select them all and hit
    the Delete key. I get a dialog saying "Preparing to Recycle" and with zero
    items found, and the count never goes above zero and no files get deleted. I
    cancelled the dialog after about 15 minutes. I also tried Shift+Delete and
    get much the same dialog saying "Preparing to Delete" and the same total
    lack of deletion happening. On WinXP the same deletion takes about five
    seconds to complete.

    I had to use a 3rd party product to delete the files.

    Nick Payne, Dec 28, 2008
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  2. Nick Payne

    Kerry Brown Guest

    Press the Winkey+F to open the Search folder. Expand "Advanced Search".
    Check "Include non-indexed .......". In the name field type "*.de.*" without
    the quotes. Click on the Search button. You could also just type
    "name:*.de.*" without the quotes in the Start search box but by default this
    only searches indexed locations.
    Kerry Brown, Dec 28, 2008
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  3. Nick Payne

    Retroman Guest


    Windows Desktop Search was completely rewritten from earlier versions and
    the search syntax is quite different. Normal searching is now word-based
    rather than character-based, and ignores punctuation. Hence the need for
    the quotes.
    I have not encountered or heard of this problem so I can't comment. You
    might want to post it in the MS WDS forum:

    Doug M. in NJ
    Retroman, Dec 28, 2008
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