How can I find video files on my Vista PC?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Steve90, Jan 4, 2008.

  1. Steve90

    Steve90 Guest

    This must be so simple, but I can't find how..

    In XP I could find all pictures and/or music and/or videos simply by ticking
    a box.

    In Vista I can do pictures and/or music; but I can't discover how to do a
    find for videos.

    How can I find video files on my Vista PC?

    Sorry to ask such a simple question.
    Steve90, Jan 4, 2008
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  2. Steve90

    Bob Guest

    open search and type *.avi and hit enter!
    Bob, Jan 4, 2008
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  3. Steve90

    Steve90 Guest

    I'm afraid that only finds .avi videos.

    Entering .avi doesn't find .wmv or .mpg or any of the other types that I
    can't remember the extensions of.

    In XP selecting videos finds almost all the various video types at once.
    (Admittedly, it doesn't do .rm, afaik)

    So the question still stands: How can I find video files on my Vista PC,
    without entering individual extension codes for all the various types?

    Thanks in advance


    Steve90, Jan 4, 2008
  4. Click Start type Kind: Video
    Andre Da Costa[ActiveWin], Jan 4, 2008
  5. Steve90

    Bob Guest

    Ahh ok now I get it.

    Here you go:

    How to search for video files in Windows Vista:

    1. Click on Start.
    2. In the Start Search field, type "kind:videos" (without the quotations).

    Your video files will be displayed in the search results as long as they
    have been indexed. If you store your video files on an external drive, you
    may need to add it to the search scope:

    1. Click on Start, and then click on Control Panel.
    2. Click on System and Maintenance and then click on Indexing Options.
    3. Click on "Modify".
    4. Click on "Show all locations". If user account control prompts for
    consent, provide the appropriate credentials or click on continue.
    5. Under "change selected locations", place a checkmark next to your
    external hard drives or other folders where your video files are located,
    then press OK.

    It may take a little while for the Windows Search indexer to index your
    video files after addng their location to the index.

    Hope this helps, have a great day,
    Bob, Jan 4, 2008
  6. Andre Da Costa[ActiveWin], Jan 4, 2008
  7. Steve90

    Steve90 Guest

    Thanks to Andre for the enter kind: video reply. It was what I was looking

    It works just like XP (but still doesn't find .rm videos (nor .divx which
    I thought XP did) - hey ho)

    Thanks also to Bob for the tip about modifying the locations.

    Thanks again


    Steve90, Jan 4, 2008
  8. Well, I guess for the .rm and .divx you just have to search for it using the
    file type through the Search field
    My Vista Quickstart Guide:!E8E5CC039D51E3DB!9709.entry
    Andre Da Costa[ActiveWin], Jan 4, 2008
  9. Steve90


    Jan 30, 2013
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    if you don't mind using external software: - Geoff

    finds all relevant videos quicker and displays them better (the last is my opinion, the other fact). A piece of software I made specifically for this task.
    banaan123, Jan 30, 2013
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