Vista won't find a file given a word in the contents

Discussion in 'Windows Vista File Management' started by tvds, Jan 17, 2008.

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    tvds Guest

    It just doesn't work.
    I have a simple text file with a certain word in it.
    I try to find this text file, but vista won't find it.
    Windows 2000 finds it within a second.
    I have tried all available options.
    "include non-indexed"
    "always search file names and contents"
    "find partial matches"
    "include subfolders"
    etc
    etc

    It just doesn't work.
    Why is there not a simple search function that actually works like in
    windows2000?
     
    tvds, Jan 17, 2008
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    Todd_CAD_MAN Guest

    I see no one has answered your question. I have the same darn problem and
    Microsoft directed me here instead of telling me how to fix this search
    problem in Vista!
     
    Todd_CAD_MAN, Apr 2, 2008
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    Dave Guest

    Dave, Apr 2, 2008
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    Todd_CAD_MAN Guest

    OK, so how do you go about doing that? The file type is .A01. How do I
    install that file type into the search? I can not believe this! I used
    Windows 2000 since the day it was released and I never had any trouble with
    finding the contents with in a file.
     
    Todd_CAD_MAN, Apr 2, 2008
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    Dave Guest

    If you install a modern program that uses a certain file type, then the
    appropriate ifilter should get installed by that program.
    http://www.ifilter.org/faq.htm
    http://channel9.msdn.com/wiki/default.aspx/Channel9.DesktopSearchIFilters
    http://channel9.msdn.com/wiki/default.aspx/Channel9.IFilter

    However, that extension doesn't tell me (or Vista) what the file type
    actually is.
    Is this a text file? If so, you can add this extension to the search index,
    so Desktop Search will use the text ifilter.
    Start - Control Panel - Indexing Options - Advanced - File Types
    add the A01 extension, and tell it to look in the contents.

    (at least, this how it's supposed to work...)
     
    Dave, Apr 2, 2008
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    Todd_CAD_MAN Guest

    Ok, it is working now, but what a joke that was! I have been using computers
    for 26 years and just to to a search content is Vista was a complete joke!

    Thanks for you help.
    Todd
     
    Todd_CAD_MAN, Apr 2, 2008
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    Bob Guest

    Bob, Apr 2, 2008
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    On Request Guest

    Windows Help and Support offers this advice when asked about 'windows
    search' (in the FAQ):

    "I want to search for a file type that is not currently being indexed. How
    do I add a file type to the index?
    If you use an unusual file type that is not currently recognized by the
    index, you can add it to the index yourself. Here's how:

    Click to open Indexing Options.

    Click Advanced. If you are prompted for an administrator password or
    confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

    Click the File Types tab.

    Enter the file type in the text box, and then click Add new extension.

    Click Index Properties Only or Index Properties and File Contents, and then
    click OK."
     
    On Request, Apr 3, 2008
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    tvds Guest

    Thanks for your reply, BUT:

    1) Adding a file type, doesn't help me.
    Vista still won't find this file.
    I tried every available option i found on help files and forums!
    2) When I look for files with a certain contents, I may not know in advance
    the file type.
    It can be a txt file of maybe a cpp or header file or whatever.
    Vista should give me a list with all files.

    If I have to tell Vista exactly the file type, the location, and the file
    name of the file i'm looking for, whats the use of a search function
    than?????????????????

    Windows2000 gives me instantly a list with all the files with that contents.

    It is unbelievable that the programmers working on Vista came up with this
    sorry excuse for a search engine.
     
    tvds, Apr 4, 2008
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    Bob Guest

    Bob, Apr 4, 2008
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