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    janetb
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    According to MS, WIN + F3 with Explorer closed searches the entire computer.

    I searched for WinApp2.ini with WIN + F3 with Expl closed, and in a split second, it said “no results found”. That’s five drives.

    I then searched from the upper right-hand box with Explorer open to C:, which is supposed to search only C;. It took 10 seconds (searching only one relatively small drive) to tell me the same “no results found”.

    Any explanations why it takes Search sooooo much longer to search only ONE drive…?

    I find all MS forums (including MS’s “Answers”) have lots of users complaining about the same thing and trying to help each other by guessing at solutions, but no bona fide answers from MS. Is there any place where one can get an answer from MS?????

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    janetb;250555 wrote:
    According to MS, WIN + F3 with Explorer closed searches the entire computer.

    Please provide the link that gave you this information. Is it information officially published by Microsoft, or by someone claiming to be affiliated with them, or… ?

    janetb;250555 wrote:
    Is there any place where one can get an answer from MS?????

    When I Google “contact microsoft”, I get a few clues…

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    biggles77
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    Re: Win 7 Search Function

    Which Explorer are you referring to, Windows or Internet?

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    janetb
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    gforceindustries;250556 wrote:
    Please provide the link that gave you this information. Is it information officially published by Microsoft, or by someone claiming to be affiliated with them, or… ?…

    1. Sorry. CORRECTION: In my original post, replace [WIN + F3] with [WIN + F]. Everything else in the original post stands as is.

    The point is that WIN + F opens a new WExplorer search page window with no navigation pane. It searches the entire computer.

    This ‘hint’ surfaces regularly in forums. WIN + F is the only way I know of that you are offered a larger number of filters for your search that you can click on, as opposed to having to know what they are as well as the proper form to type them in. Many people have complained that if you search from the upper right hand corner search box in WExplorer (as most people usually do), your only offered filters are ‘Date Modified’ and ‘Size’. But if you use WIN + F, you get Kind, Type, etc. I have found all the above points to be true as regards my Win7 Search function (although for some reason, I have stopped getting the ‘Kind’ filter lately….).

    2. While we’re here, does anyone know how to search in TWO (of five) drives on on a Win7 computer with Win7 search function?

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    gforceindustries;250556 wrote:
    When I Google “contact microsoft”, I get a few clues…

    If you follow the clues, I think you will find that you must pay for MS support. Or face the phenomenon to which I referred earlier: to go to a user forum where the MS reps who occasionally put in a word always put in rote answers which never answer the question (they use the exact same post for many threads). It always amazes me how many posters keep rephrasing the question to clarify for the MS rep why his post does not answer the question, and everyone is dumfounded when the rep keeps reposting the same post that everyone has already seen on other threads..:-)..

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    janetb
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    biggles77;250562 wrote:
    Which Explorer are you referring to, Windows or Internet?

    Windows Explorer
    Windows 7

    tehcamel
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    Ok, I just tried WinF3 – and Firefox pulled up it’s search bar.

    Same thing occured in internet explorer. so I suspect WinF3 within an application will search within that active window. (I haven’t tested with Word etc)

    I then went down to the deskto pand did WinF3 and it bought up a search window like you described. I chucked in my name, and it returned data almost immediately, from an array of drives.

    I tried a search in the same window fo r*.ini and got same thing – nothing immediately.
    Then I went into Explorer, and put *.ini in the upper search bar like you described.

    It took a few seconds, then came back with about 5 responses, and said “Searching may be slow as location is not indexed”

    So I’d suspect it’s somethig to do with indexing.. :)

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    janetb;250592 wrote:
    If you follow the clues, I think you will find that you must pay for MS support.

    Correct, Microsoft charge for support calls. However you asked how you could get in touch with Microsoft, which is the information I therefore provided.

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    biggles77
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    If you have a TechNet or MAPS subscription you get 2 FREE support calls each year and a 20% off any over the initial 2. Much to my dismay in the 13 years since I got my first TechNet for free, I have never had the need to avail myself of these free calls.

    Rems
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    Re: Win 7 Search Function

    It does not searches the entire computer. By default by pressing Windows logo key 0c970446-1432-4ea7-b578-67cc2b5844ae_14.png +F, it searches all of the folders in your personal folder (which includes Documents, Pictures, Music, Desktop, and other common locations), e‑mail, and offline files. If you commonly store files in different locations, you can add those locations also to Indexed Locations. Using the index is what making the seach action fast.

    When you would select the location, drive or directory the window changes to a regular Windows Explorer panel and start seaching from that location. This wil take longer because it is not using an index.

    /Rems

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    pcunite
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    Re: Win 7 Search Function

    I gave up on Windows 7 search and now use a third party utility that looks similar to the XP one … classic XP search for Windows 7.

    Blood
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    REMS has the answer – you need to add locations to the search index, and if you start a search from a non-indexed location you are prompted if you wish to add it to the index.

    Regarding third-party solutions, I have been using SearchEverything for several years. It only works with filenames, not file content. It indexes my c. 2TB of data within a minute, creates a database, and when you search you get instant results. It also updates in real time. I can’t recommend this enough. And…. it’s free.

    http://www.voidtools.com/

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