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Q: windows 7 search index

please, tell me what is search index in windows and what influence does it have during search?

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A: windows 7 search index

Hello LeoKac

Have a look at this Tut, it will explain all you need to know about windows search - Windows Search - Configure and Use


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Why does Windows 7 automatically reindex my index search file when I reboot the computer.

I have 300,000 files on my computer and it takes two days to rebuild the index. I leave my computer on all the time because I am afraid that by turning it off and on again will cause the indexing function to restart the index.

How can I stop this reindexing function from starting on its own.

Minh Le

A:Windows 7 Index Search

Uncheck indexing in the Properties of the drive.

Then use a good search program instead of Windows Search.

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I've recently found, through event viewer, that Search Index is not working. I can't switch it on in services, or re-build the index. I've tried fix it several times and it just tell me the service isn't switched on. I had a disc clean a week or so ago and deleted all but the most recent restore point, so that isn't an option.

The issue seems to have started on 14 June whereby the event view is saying that it has detected corrupted data files and will attempt to rectify the problem by re-building the index.

Event viewer then says it failed to read the registry.

What should the registry entries be?


A:Windows Search Index not working

I would not go mucking around with the registry until you have tried a few suggestions, first.

Your search index may only need to be reset, do you have any experience running troubleshooters?
Go to Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Troubleshooting and make sure the box at the bottom is checked, the one that says: Get the most up to date troubleshooters...
Click on System and Security.
Do you see Search and Indexing under Windows like I have?
Click on Search and Indexing to start it. When it opens click on the Blue Advanced Word near the bottom left corner. It will open, showing:
You can leave the Apply repairs automatically box checked, but if you want to learn uncheck it, then click on the blue Run as Administrator link and it will go back to the window that only has the Advanced link. Click on the Next button.

When the tool is finished running and you see:
Click on all check boxes to reset search and index and then click on Next to finish the reset.

When finished does the troubleshooter tell you the reset worked or did it fail, it could not be reset?
If it worked go to: Index - Rebuild, but see Related below first.
If it failed take snips of and post any/all error messages and we will have to figure out how to fix it.

If you do not see the search and indexing troubleshooter like I show you can get it here: Fix Windows Desktop Search when it crashes or not showing results It should run close if not exactly as I have shown.
Those corrupt files you me... Read more

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Hi, I'm having trouble re-enabling my windows search index.
'Windows Search' is no longer in the list of services and I don't know what to do.

A:How To Re-enable Windows Search index!

hi go to control panel and choose programs and features. on right side of screen choose turn windows features on or off then in the list put a check mark in windows search. then click ok. might have ti restart computer to take effect.

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I constantly get an error message stating my 'windows search index is OFF.' 'Windows will search for a solution,' etc. My speed is seriously compromised with certain programs.

Does anyone have a solution for this??

A:Windows index search-Cannot turn on

See my other post re Search Index.

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I am running XP SP3 and i cannot get windows search 4.0 to index my microsoft word and PDF file contents. Is this possible? For example i want to be able to type 'angina' into my search box, and it will find every word/pdf document with angina in the text. Currently it only finds them if this is in the title.

I have been to options > advanced > file types, and checked that .doc, .docx, and .pdf all have 'index file properties and contents' ticked.

I have also waited so that the indexing process now says 'indexing finished'.

I have also checked that the indexer is indexing the correct locations where these files are stored. The indexer is able to index the contents of my emails, but it seems not my word documents. it is very frustrating!!

Look forward to any help,

A:Windows Search 4.0 Won't Index File Contents

The Windows Search 4.0 function...is not the same as the XP Indexing function.

You're the 2d person I've seen who even bothered to install Search 4.0, which is really designed for Vista but has been made available to XP-users.

In any case, I'd try uninstalling it...reinstalling it.


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Windows 8.1 Desktop
As far as I know, I am not missing anything when I search using Windows Search. However I am suspicious of something. When I go to Control Panel| Indexing Options| Advanced| Rebuild, I am expecting the Index to reset to zero and begin rebuilding; and one should be able to observe the rebuilding process as the number of items indexed increments while the rebuild is in progress. Then, when it finishes you would see "Indexing complete". This is the behavior I have observed for years when I had my Vista system. However, with this 8.1 system, the Rebuild command seems to have no effect: the number of items indexed stays the same and the "Indexing complete" line just stays as it is. I am aware of the fast vs. slow rebuild speed, and when I was using the system under Vista, I would get the (expected) 'Indexing is slow due to system activity" or words to that effect. Now, with 8.1 I do not see this. Even if I keep my hands off the mouse and keyboard for several minutes, the number of items indexed stays put. It is almost as if 8.1 is rebuilding the index 'in the background' without announcing its progress.

As I say, I 'think' I am finding all I need to when searching, but I am wondering if there is stuff missing that I am not aware of. Probably sounds a little weird to complain if my searches seem to work fine, but the apparent lack of visible rebuild activity has me perplexed.

Any thoughts? Thanks!

A:Windows 8.1 Search Index Rebuild Question

Indexing runs only while the system is idle. If you are using it the computer to perform any other tasks, Windows pauses that process until the next idle period.

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I have had a big problem which I believe started ever since a Windows update.

However, rang Dell and they had not heard of the problem and a system restore did not resolve the issue.

Basically, when searching using the start menu for items, shortcuts to programs will appear. However, almost all documents, music, videos and pictures won't. But, if it has been opened recently from it's file location it will then appear in the search results.

It seems like a very strange problem and i have no idea why this is happening.

Have tired rebuilding the index into a new location but it states it will take a long time but it says it is complete within 30 seconds and stop at around 2,000 files indexed. Even though there is a lot more.

Have tried restarting the service and this also didn't work.

I have been told it could be a registry issue or something caused by Mcafee security but i don't want to risk fiddling with this in case it mucks the PC up anymore. I got told that Mcafee might be releasing an update cause this problem was caused by the new verison of their security centre but i have had this new security program for a good two months and not had the problem.

I have also tried reticking the index service.

Any confirmations of this being a recognized problem, anyone know of any fixes or any solutions on how to fix this issue?

Many thanks. :)

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Windows Search (and/or Outlook 2007 Instant Search) does not index emails from Outlook PST files

Hi Gang....so I'm having a similar problem trying to get Windows Search to index my emails.
I am currently running Windows 7 Pro 64-bit and Outlook 2007. Upgraded from Windows XP Pro (SP3) and Outlook 2003 doing a clean install and then migrating app data over using Windows EZ migration.

Windows Search (i.e. Federated Search) is able to index my local files, but does not show any email files.
I've tried all of the following:
* reindexing as described in Watch out for a Microsoft Outlook 2007 indexing issue in Windows Vista
* running Microsoft Digonistic
* running Windows 7 assist utility: Find and Fix Problems with Windows Search
* Creating new Outlook profile
* Running scanpst on outlook PST files
* Confirming that Outlook Instant Search is enabled
* making sure that Indexing Option File type RTF indicates Rich Text Format

I do note that, after trying the re-indexing (uncheck/recheck) fix, Windows Search IS able to index individual outlook messages which I have saved in My Documents folder(s), but it does not index my PST files.

Moreover, when I open up the Search Options in Outlook Instant Search, the "Indexing" and "Search" options are DISABLED/GREYED OUT! So, I am unable to select any PST files for indexing and/or customize search options.

Other details to consider which may be affecting:
* I'm running Office 2007 SP2
* I originally installed the... Read more

A:Windows Search does not index emails in Outlook PST

If you go File -> Data File Management... then select a data file (how many are listed?), then click on Settings... just above the list of data files, you should have a window open up like in the screenshot below.

Next to Format, does it say Personal Folders File or Personal Folders File (97-2002)? If the latter, that could be causing the problem.

Please post back and attempts to resolve will continue

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Wondering if anyone else has had this issue...

System was an upgrade from Vista 64 to Windows 7 64. Everything seems to be working great -- except...

Windows Live Mail contents are not being indexed by Windows Search. In troubleshooting, I found in the Advanced Options for Indexing, File Types of "eml", it reports that "Registered IFilter is not found".

Anyone else have any idea how to fix -- anyone else experiencing the same problem?


A:Search not able to index contents of Windows Live Mail

Hi, VinnyL, and welcome to the forums.

Did you have Search 4.0 installed in Vista?

If so you might need to reinstall it....

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This post was orginally in the OutLook forum but I was ask to move it to a Windows 7 forum.
Our users are using Windows 7 with Office 2010 delivered using Citrix Xendesktop virtual desktops.  We are using roaming profiles and folder redirection and was wondering if there was any way of changing the Outlook index file locations from C:\ProgramData\Microsoft
which is set by default to a users network home area.  The reason we need to do this is that when a user logs on the index is created but as the Windows 7 image is readonly when the user logs out and then logs back in Outlook 2010 has to re-create the
index files (most frustrating).  I have found the option to change the area but it only display local drives and not network locations.
Is there any way I can do this to achieve our goal.

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Recently, I lost an RTF file (pressed save button, it finished saving, then I got a BSOD). Turned my PC back on and used it normally. An hour later, I opened the file to go back to work and found the surprise 80% of its contents were deleted. (Opened it in Notepad, and the rest are either numbers from picture data, or blank spaces, hex editor gave no results.)

It happens that was the only file on my computer to contain the keyword: "detergent" (among others which also satisfy this paragraph). When I open the Start Menu and type "detergent", I get the file listed, even when the word isn't currently inside. That told me my file (or at least some of its words, which reading would help me reconstruct my document) was stored somewhere else.

Testing to see if the corrupted file still contains the word, I moved it to a different location and performed a search. The keyword wasn't found inside the file. With this I noticed that basically, Windows Search has the file contents stored and associated with the file directory, and it does not go inside the file and read it every time you perform a search.

So I went and extracted the Windows.edb file (Windows Search database) with a tool called "libesedb". The keyword was nowhere to be found inside.

So I concluded the contents are stored inside the CI files located in "ProgramData\Microsoft\Search\Data\Applications\Windows\Projects\SystemIndex\Indexer\CiFiles"
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A:Opening CI Files (Windows Search Index Contents)

When you first activate Windows Search, it scans your HDD and maps or Indexes all of the files on the computer. Search is set to re-Index your drive for updates to files every once in a while like a week or a month. So, if you move a file one day from the last indexing and then search for it, Search will not find it because that files has not been indexed in the new location. Since you were in the process of saving the original file and then the computer crashed, it did not get a chance to save all of the file, and the file is corrupted. It would take far longer for you to try and retrieve a copy of the file, since it no longer exists, then it would be to recreate it.
But you can try Recuva. TestDisk

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I was looking for a file when I noticed it was gone. I fired up the Windows search engine and Search Everything, both of which said the file was still there. When I try to open the search result in any media player, it says the file could not be found.

I already restarted my system, but both search engines still say the file exists. Is the file still there? I cannot find it with Undelete Plus, but it did find a lot of files that were recently deleted.

A:File magically disappeared, still visible in the Windows search index

Is the file located on a network drive or another volume?

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Hi all,

Very strange problem.

I'm using Win Live Mail 2011 (with two hotmail accounts) running on Win 7. When I use the search function I do not get the correct list of emails. So I can search for an email that I know contains a certain word but it will not appear in the search findings. However, if I search another word from the exact same email, it will list the email in the search.

It seems that Live Mail has not indexed all of the words within the email. How, can I resolve this?


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Hi all,

I was wondering if it's possible to have Windows search index my IMAP folders so that I could also search for e-mails via Windows search instead of having to go through Outlook's (2013) own search? What I googled seems to indicate "not possible" but maybe someone here has a trick...

Thanks, --ch

A:Index Outlook IMAP mail folders with Windows search?

Are you saying you have Outlook 2013 installed on the PC?

If so, what happens if you go to the Start Screen and search for Indexing Options (within Settings on Windows 8)? For my older version of Outlook, I can add Outlook to the search index.

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The Outlook Instant Search and Advanced Search (when I press ctrl + shift + f) are not working. The Instant Search says it encountered an error and the Advanced Search just hangs when I run it.

What else can I do since I've already rebuilt the index? Can anyone help me? I can't seem to get an answer, and it would really help me if I could use this feature.

Even if the answer is that I have to completely reinstall Outlook, but I'm not sure that would even help. Maybe there's some virus, and I need to scrap my computer and use the rescue disks. I really hope I don't have to do that, but I will if it is the only way to get this feature to work.

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I problem I have been geting in the past 2 days is that whenever I use the search index, like for example look in my librarys, program files, or look for anything on my computer, a box pops up saying "Windows explorer has stopped working", and whatever im searching for will automaticaly close. This is very frustrating because like everyone who owns a PC I search for files and such, and I have tried many things to try and fix this, including:

-System restore
-Uninstalling windows updates
-Restarting computer
-Disabeling Index service
-Disabeling Windows search service

I have read of a solution to this problem that involves deleting files related to the index, but again I cannot do this because every time I look in search index it automaticaly closes.

Any help on this issue would be greatly appreciated

A:Search Index "Windows explorer has stopped working" error

Try to do system file check first:
Start-->cmd (run as administrator)-->sfc /scannow (space between sfc and /)

If it does not work
Try a scan disk.
Disk Check

If it doesn't work, you might want to do a Repair Install , it will preserve your data, user account, and system driver

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Hello, I am having a problem with my search index, Every time I turn on my computer and log into my account, about 7 windows pop up every 5 seconds saying Windows search index has encountered an error, Send error report or don't yes I know its for xp but im hoping some one can help me, because I use two different computers thanks again.

A:Search Index

Originally Posted by KOSSwifty

Hello, I am having a problem with my search index, Every time I turn on my computer and log into my account, about 7 windows pop up every 5 seconds saying Windows search index has encountered an error, Send error report or don't yes I know its for xp but im hoping some one can help me, because I use two different computers thanks again.

Try downloading and installing Windows Search 4.0 (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/pro...wssearch4.mspx )which may resovle your problem.

When done, read this tutorial - Advanced Searches.

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I thought I was doing a good thing when I decided to disable indexing service of C drive. I read on internetz that it should increase performance of windows so...

I use the search function a lot now when there is no start menu like previous windows and its all good with me. I get around with keyboard shortcuts and don't really miss the old start menu. But after I disabled indexing for C drive.. I can't get any search results. To clearify.. I unchecked "Allow files on this drive to have contents indexed in addition to file properties" and applied it to all files and subfolders....

When I search for "Administrative tools" I get nothing... or any useful applications that it was there before.

So my question is... is there a way for me to rebuild the old indexing tree without having to redo every single file and folder in C?

Thanks for your time!

A:Restore Search Index

Can't you just check it again and Apply it?

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I am new to this forum, so I hope this is the right place to post this question.

I have the following problem: I can't add locations to the search index. The modifie button is always disabled (see screenshot). Is there a way to solve this ?


A:Can't add locations to search index

Your screenshot didn't make it into your post.

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This may be impossible, but I was wondering if files/folders could remain in the index (to retain the ability to sort them) but not show up in the windows search. If not, I don't mind as this was just a random thought.

A:Index files but keep them out of search?

Quote: Originally Posted by ExLt

This may be impossible, but I was wondering if files/folders could remain in the index (to retain the ability to sort them) but not show up in the windows search.

In my experience, there's not much danger of that, indexed or not.

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I wanted to ask and get some thoughts on this.

I need to install SP2 (haven't done it yet) but once I install it and Index Search 4.0 is slowing my PC to an unacceptable speed - Could I uninstall it and reinstall SP1 Index Search 3.0/3.1 and not have any issues with the rest of the SP2 set?

A:Index Search 4.0 Question

Hello Kantori,

You could also just disable the Index if it does. Your searches may take a tiny bit longer with the index disabled, but they will always be accurate.

Hope this helps,

Index - Enable or Disable

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Hello Tech Support People!

I'm having difficulty trying to come up with a formula that would give me the following results based on the excel table I will be attaching with this message.

Basically I would like a formula that would search each row for an "A" which stands for "Absent". Then, if it does see an "A", then it will return the name of the Agent on Cell A22.

Then what I'm trying to do is using the value on A22, it will then do another search and check which dates did the agent on A22 incur an absence ("A"). If it sees an A on the record of the agent, then it will return the date. On the table pasted above, if the formula would be correct, then it will not return the name of Agent 1 and Agent 2 because they have not incurred any absences. The first value would then be Agent 3, and next to the name would be the first date the agent was absent, and then on the next cell to the right would be the next date the agent was absent again.

Can this be done with a formula instead of me relying on VBS? I would like to just use a formula.

Thanks so much! Hoping for all your assistance soon!

Jacx Himura

A:Solved: Help on Search / Index Function

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I keep getting error codes stating that my search index is corrupt but sfc/scannow and checkdsk says all is OK. This is causing many other error codes and i don't know how to fix it , any ideas

I have rebuilt the index to no avail.

Thank you

A:Cannot repair a search index that is corrupt

Just a suggestion but could disabling index help
Restart and rebuild fresh index file possibly ??

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How can I refresh the search index in Windows Explorer?
For example I put files in Documents a couple of hours ago, that just don't show up when I type part of the name in 'search'. The files do show up however in the Start button search!

A:Refreshing the Explorer Search Index?

Hi imacken,

Though this tutorial will work, it may be a bit OTT. Note the Related Links.

Index - Rebuild

Hope this helps.

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and no metadata or any of the file contents? does such a thing exist? I have no use for the metadata & searching inside files and it slows things down significantly.

A:desktop search that can be set to ONLY index filenames?


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I'm using Windows 7 64 with indexed search ON.
I am unable to see search results in my MUSIC folder
When I try, it immediately shows "no items match your search" in the results pane.
I was able to get search results in the past.
other folders search still works fine.

The music folder is logically located on drive D.
I am sharing this folder to a Guest user.

Changing permissions or unsharing the folder altogether did not fix this.
Disabling indexed search did fix this, but then I end up with the original slow annoying search.

A:can't index-search music folder

Solved! while typing this and looking for more ways to fix this!

adding permission to "Administrators" group fixed this!

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Hi SevenForums,

I've been having this problem since I installed Windows 7, but I haven't gotten to it before today... When I installed Windows 7, I set up everything, including the search index. I wanted it to search my music library, most of my documents, and my videos, which amounts to ~16,000 files. I set up the checkmarks good, i.e. checking My Documents, and unchecking individual unwanted folders within.

For whatever reason, I search for a music file, which the index finds, then I search for another music file from the same artist, which is in the same folder, and the index can't find it... I rebuilt my index a few times over the last few months to try and fix the issue, but it never works, it just always gives the same mistakes over and over again.

Now I try to remove all the folders from the index and start over again, and Windows remembers all the choices I made, so if I uncheck My Documents, but had manually selected a sub-folder within a folder I unchecked, said sub-folder stays checked. I understand this last sentence was not as clear as it could be, but I can't find the words to say it better...

I'd like to completely reset the windows search index settings and parameters, so that it erases the index, forgets any presets it currently knows, and just lets me try all over again, so maybe it would finally work.

Can anyone help me?

Rapha?l Tremblay Lessard / Chlikaflok

A:Search Index Broken, Rebuilding won't help

Welcome to SF!

Try disabling search, rebooting, and enabling it again.

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Mine is a desktop computer and yet Vista's indexing says it's reduced indexing speed to conserve battery power, I've also set "Never" to any 'turn of ??? device after ??? minutes of inactivity'. Mostly, however, even if the computer is not touched for 15 minutes, it'll say "Indexing speed is reduced due to user activity".

In other words, I can't use the search feature because it won't find anything because it won't index anything... please help.

A:Solved: Vista does not index (search)

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So I am trying Shadow defender which i got from here and honestly i am not really familiar with it so bear with me.
Does anyone have an issue when getting in and out of shadow mode that windows search index resets and has to rebuild all the time? And if yes is there a fix?

I want to try stuff while in shadow mode for convenience and this seems like the best way but not if i have to rebuild my windows index every time.

Thanks for any help.

PS i whitelisted this with no result. C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Search\Data\Applications\Windows

Thinking it some registry key i need to whitelist but no idea what and google search doesn't help.

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Inexplicably the search index seems to have stopped. I've checked the services menu and looked at the "Windows Search (WSearch)" and for some reason the service refuses to start. Startup Type is set to Automatic but when I try to manually start it I get "Windows could not start the Windows Search service on Local Computer. Error 3: The system could not find the path specified. Also the event viewer indicates: "The Windows Search service terminated with the following error: The system cannot find the path specified."

I recently reinstalled Malware Bytes using my lifetime account and can't shake the feeling there is something related? The only thing I haven't tried is uninstalling the program and checking but I was hoping for a better strategy...

Any thoughts, ideas or suggestions?

A:Win7 Search Index Fail

Virus infection?

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I have had a big problem which I believe started ever since a Windows update.

However, rang Dell and they had not heard of the problem and a system restore did not resolve the issue.

Basically, when searching using the start menu for items, shortcuts to programs will appear. However, almost all documents, music, videos and pictures won't. But, if it has been opened recently from it's file location it will then appear in the search results.

It seems like a very strange problem and i have no idea why this is happening.

Have tired rebuilding the index into a new location but it states it will take a long time but it says it is complete within 30 seconds and stop at around 2,000 files indexed. Even though there is a lot more.

Have tried restarting the service and this also didn't work.

I have been told it could be a registry issue or something caused by Mcafee security but i don't want to risk fiddling with this in case it mucks the PC up anymore. I got told that Mcafee might be releasing an update cause this problem was caused by the new verison of their security centre but i have had this new security program for a good two months and not had the problem.

I have also tried reticking the index service.

As well as disabling PDF files as i heard this could be a problem. Still no joy.

Any confirmations of this being a recognized problem, anyone know of any fixes or any solutions on how to fix this issue?

Many thanks.

A:Index Search Isn't Working Properly

Unfortunately you are not alone.
I've seen references to the Registry fixes and McAfee compatibility issues.

A substitute Option
I use and am impressed by a free package - "Agent Ransack".
Relatively small, fast, non indexed.

[There are those who appear to have no problems with Windows index search and are delightfully happy]

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It seems I am one of many who have been hi jacked by this nastiness. I ran HijackThis, but I honestly don't have a clue of what I'm looking at. Can you please help me get rid of this garbage. You're help is greatly appreciated!

Here is my Hi Jack this logfile:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.98.2
Scan saved at 9:23:04 PM, on 11/23/2004
Platform: Windows ME (Win9x 4.90.3000)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://www.speed-search.b... Read more

A:Another victum of www.speed-search.biz/index.html

Hi and welcome to TSG,

Before proceeding please move Hijack This to its own folder in program files (it must not be run from the temporary files).

Please download and run the following program(s):



Close all browser windows, open cwshredder.exe then click "Fix" and let it run.

Then restart your computer.


Go here: http://www.lavasoftusa.com/support/download/
and download Ad-Aware SE Personal

Install the program and launch it.

First, in the bottom right-hand corner of the main window click on Check for updates now then click Connect and download the latest reference files.

Then, in the main window: Click Start and under Select a scan Mode tick Perform full system scan.

Then, deselect Search for negligible risk entries.

To start the scan, click the Next button.

When the scan is finished mark everything for removal and get rid of it. (Right-click the window and choose select all from the drop down menu and then click Next)

Restart your computer.



Open Spybot Search & Destroy (Click Start, Programs, Spybot S&D (Advanced Mode). Click online, Search for updates, Download all available updates. Close all Browser windows, Click ''Check for Problems''. Anything that needs to be fixed it will show in red and have a green check in the box to the left. Click ''Fix Selected Problems'... Read more

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Greetings - I've wasted countless hours during the past 6 weeks changing numerous search & index options and solutions for weeks with zero success. With the former hard drive, a Vista with upgrade to Win7, I had to make 'some forgotten-Grrrrr' modification to the Indexing Options which then brought up all TB emails, subject lines and contents, normal readable text.

This time I've tried so many, many things, don't know if it would help to outline them (very lengthy), but I could do so.

In a nutshell, the default indexing options which were supposed to work do not pull up the emails like it did before the crash. Those options were listed:

Start Menu
Users-excluding appdata appdata (for myself and default users).

(Clicked on Modify and confirmed that indeed those specific mail folders under my TB roaming profile were checked to be indexed.) Did not work! Because I had checked the text file type 'msf', those coded emails came up, which were useless, so I unchecked that file type.

I read a previous post here from years ago where Kerry had written to include AppData for the long outdated TB3. So now I'm rebuilding that selection again**. (At least a dozen rebuilds tried in vain with either wider or more targeted selections).

**Update to above paragraph: Selecting the Indexing Options in the list as Start Menu & Users\Catherine\AppData\ with each and every single check box ticked yielded zero emails. (msf file type which I had manually a... Read more

A:Trying to get Win7 New HD+OS to Search/Index T'Bird 31 Emails

See if any of our search tutorials help: Click the link then click tutorial.

Windows 7 Forums is the largest help and support community, providing friendly help and advice for Microsoft Windows 7 Computers such as Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. - Search Results for search

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What do I do to serach engines to index my discussion pages,all my discussion pages have .cgi extension.Search engine spiders only spider .html pages.

Any help is appreciated

Thanks in advance.


A:Search engines to index my discussion pages


You should not double post Mods should close this thread.

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Event Viewer lists 14,737 warning events stating:

The content source <ONEINDEX14://{S-1-5-.....}/> cannot be accessed **

Context: Windows Application, SystemIndex Catalog

(HRESULT : 0x80004005) (0x80004005)

**(.....denotes some text deleted)

These events date back to just a few days after I installed an SSD. This is significant because at that time, I created a 'Scratch' partition on a mechanical drive to accommodate system temp files, etc. This included the search index.

I've noticed that indexing has been a bit quirky, but only now looked into it. Indexing Options|shows just under 300, 000 files are indexed. I guess that's about right, since Everything Search lists just over 400,000.

Any ideas on how to correct the index access issues?


Edit: After researching, I've deleted the SID in the Registry key noted above (<ONEINDEX14:... ) and am rebuilding the index. I'll post back after enough time has passed to verify the error has or has not continued.

A:Search index access failure events

For anyone else who comes across this by google,

Here is the tutorial for rebuilding search index.

Index - Rebuild

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I am getting increasingly frustrated by Vista Search. On a regular basis I need to find *.tps files which are postscript files generated on the fly by Acrobat Distiller. Vista cannot find these files and neither can it find the accompanying *.log files. I have mad entries for these new file types in the control panel for search but sometimes Vista just plainly forgets all about it and ignores the files. I have spent a LOT of time trying to fix this problem and have even spent some money having Microsoft doing support on it but it just doesn't help. I run both MacOSX and Vista64 ultimate simultanely, and I have to confess that it is a nuiscance to watch how OSX not only searches in less than a second - it also presents the search results in a nice way. That's how Microsoft should have made Vista Search and it is a shame that I have to do the major part of my work on Vista.
Apart from my gripes with this - does any have an alternative search utility which works a bit more predictably? Or can Vista Search be made to work like it should ?

Best regards

A:vista search - index doesn't update

Hi Joom,

Depending on the PowerOptions you set for the Indexing service, It can either update instantly (High Performance) or update while your not using the computer (Power-Saving), Make sure its set to High-Performance if you want it to update more regularly but Indexing is not updated instantly for the entire OS and it never will on any OS including OSX.....You can the search box in the folder where the .tps files are located to find files instantly before the entire index is updated however

Make sure the folder path and Filetype is allowed to be indexed by changing the Indexing settings in ControlPanel and I believe its not set to index .tps because .tps is an uncommon file format...

We have a guide on changing the Indexing options here: Indexing Options

If your using *.tps to find files its better to use ext:.tps instead...You can find advanced Search querys here for all types of search options and querys: Windows Search Advanced Query Syntax theres also another more advanced Search syntax of querys found on this post here: The Windows Blog

Im not sure why your having trouble with the search feature, Its not had to use to make find the things you need I have 12,000+ songs, 400+ movies and over 8000+ documents, textfiles and pdf, 900+ sourcecode files, 3000+ pictures and more I can find in seconds so I guess its just not indexing the filetype you need (ext:.tps) or your using the wrong syntax but the links above should help


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I have a SONY VAIO laptop, 64 bit.

I recently did a factory reset, so it's a clean install.

But after doing the factory reset, Outlook mails stopped showing up in search results, so I decided to rebuild the search index (Indexing options > Advanced options > Rebuild).

However, it's been over an entire month and it's still only at 1,400 items indexed!

Normally it can index like 30,000 items within seconds.

I tried "troubleshoot search and indexing" but that did not help.

I've googled for a solution to this problem without any luck.

I would be so grateful for your help, because I have been struggling with this problem for weeks.

Thanks in advance!

A:Why is Rebuild Search Index ridiculously slow?

A factory reset is not only not a Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
but is the worst possible install of Win7 one can have.

Until you can do the vastly superior Clean Reinstall to start enjoying actual Win7 performance, you can try to Clean Up Factory Bloatware to regain some performance lost to bloatware and duplicate utilities which interfere with better versions built into Win7.

In particular establish a Clean Boot to get the freeloaders off of Win7's back. This may speed up the background indexing, which will always run slowly when other services are vying for resources.

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So I have a media PC hosting my music and photos. I would like to be able to have the homegroup libraries on this machine indexed on my main home computer. However windows search does not give me an option of adding a homegroup/network share.

Offline files is not an option as I do not want duplicates.

Any idea what can be done?


A:search...how to index homegroup library locations

Quote: Originally Posted by jranaudo

So I have a media PC hosting my music and photos. I would like to be able to have the homegroup libraries on this machine indexed on my main home computer. However windows search does not give me an option of adding a homegroup/network share.

Offline files is not an option as I do not want duplicates.

Any idea what can be done?


Microsoft in their wisdom did not allow people to use windows library functionaility beyond pre-school level. However, there is a tool to tweak registry settings to allow you to include network locations in libraries, including changing the default libraries to network locations. You can also do it manually, if you know which registry keys to tweak.

You do not have to index the network locations, nor do you have to enable offline files.

If I'm understanding your need correctly, you might find that GrimAdmin.com has a solution..

Administratively Create and Modify Windows 7 Libraries - The Grim Admin

Good Luck

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Well, maybe somebody can provide some "Elucidation" (meaning "shedding some light") on this strange delay that I am noticing with the Windows Search Indexing Service.

I would never have noticed this except for the Windows Search Index gadget available at Windows Live Gallery.
I think this is a really great useful gadget - It shows you if the Index Service is currently running - it also shows you exactly how many items have been indexed so far, and it also lets you turn the Windows Search Service on or off whenever you want.

Well, the Windows Indexing Service never starts running right away after starting Windows (the gadget tells you this) - there is always about a 3 minute delay after booting until the service really starts to run. So I did some double checking - ran "Services" from "Administrative Tools" in the Control Panel, found the Search Service, selected it, right clicked on it, selected properties, then "Startup Type", and made sure it was Automatic and not a "Delayed Automatic".

So I had thought the Windows Search service would start right away after booting into Windows. But it doesn't, on my rig at least. It ALWAYS takes about 3 minutes for the Search Service to actually start.

Very strange - I've looked around on the internet for more info on this but have found zip

So whats going on ???? Somebody must have an idea.

A:Strange Delay in the Search Index Service

I think that it's just related to how long it takes your machine to boot up. Faster machines will go through the boot up then slower and thus might be able to search faster.

By boot up, I don't mean power button to desktop only. There are also background services that have to run and probably take priority over the search index.

Just my thoughts

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I'm running Vista Business and use the Search feature at times, so would like to keep it active. However, I'm surprised and dismayed that the Search Folders appear to contain copies of the entire file - rather than a simple (or not so simple) INDEX of these files.

My programming days are a bit in the past, but it was common to create an index of files for later fast retrieve. I wouldn't dream of making a copy of each file and calling it a search folder. What is going on?

As it is, my 100 Gig HD is almost full and most is used by Search Folders!



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I thought I would share this for all those with problems with Outlook 2007 Indexing.
I kept getting all the usual problems and tried everything sugeested on the forums:
Regedit Windows SearchComplete 0>1>0
Umpteen reboots
Rebuilding Index
ScanFix PST file etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc

Well after a few frustraing days I simply installed Windows Search and straight away it worked like a dream- it even repaired my lag when opening Office programmes from Explorer !

Here is the link

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I have .htm and .html files in a folder that is indexed (under Users folder). In Control Panel/Indexing Options/Advanced/File Types, I have the .htm and .html extensions, and they are set to index properties and file contents. I've tried unchecking them, rebuilding index, then checking and rebuilding index, but it doesn't find what I'm looking for in any of the file contents.

I also tried searching with the the prefix "content:" as was suggested in a different post on this site. That seems to work sometimes but not with every searchword.

FYI - I was also not finding searchwords in PDF files in the same folder, but found a solution on this site for that. I needed to download a fix from Adobe, then rebuild the index. Those searches work correctly now.

Any help would be appreciated. Even if you tell me that .htm or .html file content can't be search, I would be satisfied and move on from there. Thanks.

A:Search Index not finding content in HTML files

Try File Locator Lite (aka Agent Ransack).
FileLocator Lite - Free File Searching Utility

It's free, easy to use, works well, etc. ...

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Search Funtion in Start Menu does not work.

My individual Search option does not work. The Search Everywhere does work. When I put in an entry in the Start Search box, such as Malwarebytes, Norton, etc. I do get listings of their programs. But I do not get listings of the Folders and Files I have created under those names. The same is true for other programs and folders. This is what I have done:

1. Rebuild my Index.
2. Ran SFC /scannow and Check Disk.
3. Ran a Microsoft Fix-It ?How to reset user options and registry settings in Word #50599.

I use Vista Home Premium.


A:Index Search Funtion in Start Menu does not work

After my original post I decided to take another approach. I was hoping to repair my issue with some sort of fix that would not be time consuming such as reinstalling Windows. So I did the next best thing. I use Norton Ghost and decided to pick a date when I thought my system would be clean and recover my C drive on that date. As it turns out, the date I picked was successful and when I did the recover process my problem was resolved and my Search feature now works.


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I have indexed an external hard drive so that it can be searched quickly in Windows 7 search. I want to know if there is a way to setup the drive with the index so I can mail it to someone who can open it on their computer, and then search through it without dealing with the time-consuming process of re-indexing.

I know that once the external hard drive has been indexed, the index file is saved in the location C:\Program Data\Microsoft\. Is it possible to copy the index file into the external hard drive, so that a user on another computer can effectively use/open the already created index file and then use it to search through the files instead of having to re-index?

If I created a new "index location" as the external hard drive, then indexed it, would this work? Windows support recommends against setting index locations in external hard drives.

A:Can you index an external hard drive so any computer can search it?

Where under C:\ProgramData\Microsoft is this index stored? I can't seem to find it.

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Hi, I was wondering if someone could help me out with my predicament. Recently my search index hasn't been working. When I type in a common word or the name for a file it tells me "no items match your search" I know the files are there even when I go to the folder it's in, when I type in the name it comes up as it's not found. I've tried fix it and can't seem to actually FIX IT. So help is appreciated

Also I didn't know if I should have put this in general or not so I put it in Performance & Maintenance since I need some fixing on the search index.

A:Explorer Search Index Not Working/ Files are not coming up

Try opening Start and typing services.msc in the search box. A box comes up with all the services on your system.

Look down the list and see if Windows Search is enabled. Highlight it and look at the top left section of the box. It says Windows Search. If it's not running there should be a link there that says "start." Click to start the service.

If the status is Disabled, right click on the Windows Search line and select Properties. In Startup Type change it in the drop down box to Automatic (delayed start). Click OK. Now the link should be visible in the top left to start the service.

If the indexer is running and it still doesn't work, open Explorer to Computer, right click on the drive where search does not work. Click Properties. There should be a check box at the bottom to enable indexing the drive.

If none of this does it post back with what you find at each step.

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