Windows 7 search is totally useless

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July 9, 2010 at 08:27:40
Specs: Windows 7, 8
Windows 7 search is totally useless. By default, it returns results that have nothing to do with a simple file name search. I get back a huge list of obscure file names and maybe some of them are what I an looking for. It is a huge piece of arrogance to force a simple search to return like that. Then, when you get the "results" there is absolutely no information about where each file is located, when it was modified, etc. as it used to in XP and prior. You cannot sort the results by date or folder or name or size or any attribute at all, to help pinpoint which is the one you want or to determine if there are dupes that need to be deleted. Finally, if you click on one item in an attempt to see what it is, the entire search is thrown away. To look at another item in the original search, you must repeat it.

Every time I struggle with this (obscene word) monster, I swear I will remove WIN7 from my computer and install WIN XPpro. The day is coming soon when I will. As much as I otherwise like WIN7, the frustration is too much and none of its advantages, taken all together, can justify this crap.

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July 9, 2010 at 09:24:22
Here goes another gripe about Windows 7 Search. Why don't you Follow and practice Response 3 of THIS thread. After that Don't forgot to update us whether or not you will carry out what you sweared you will do.

Oh, by the way does anyone know what happens with Sabertooth? I haven't seen him posting in quite a while.


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July 9, 2010 at 09:50:50
What do the large number of gripes tell you about WIN7 search? These are not complaints about something that does not exist or is unfairly reviewed.

Everything I said is true and none of what your link contains changes any of that. They had a function that wasn't broken and they fixed it. In their arrogance they decided that if you could not or would not learn and accept this "new improved" system, you could take a flying leap for all they care.

We are not speaking of a piece of freeware. I paid serious money for this junk. In fact, were it Open Source Software, I would be able to go under the hood and change it to suit myself.

The very least Microsoft should have done is to give its paying customers a choice.

Your defense of that arrogance by suggesting it is my fault for not learning this overly complicated monster is consistent with the elitism and GFY attitude of the creators of WIN7 search.

I wonder what your relationship is with those clowns?. I mean, aside from the obvious.

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July 9, 2010 at 10:15:45
hark i hear a open source joe..
there are not that many people who complain about win 7, or win 7 search..its a new OS, you have not got used to it, or you just dont like it..millions of people have bought it, use it everyday and are very happy with it, I am 1.
there are millions more who have not paid for it, who have a stolen hacked/cracked version and they also love it, if you dont like it, dump and use a free or cheap version on linux, solaris or some other OS, why bother wasting your time whining about the 1 aspect of a system that you dont like, is it that you have not bothered to learn to use it correctly so you whine like a spoil me another Os that it all, works as well as win 7, and will live on tell me about and i will install it and give it a should have tried it out before buying it, everyone else on the planet did, you had a very long time to try a free trial and decide if you wanted this OS, and you still went out and bought it..I have no relationship with MS, in fact i dislike thier dominence in the mkt, but there again they have the best OS around so i tried it, liked it, bought it and use it on 4 desktops and 3 laptops...

i hate computers!
but cant help myself....

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July 9, 2010 at 18:44:01
Actually, I have followed my own advice and installed an excellent, easy to use, clear results Open Source search program. I did not steal mu copy; I paid for it and therefore I expect it to be fully usable, not a product that doesn't work as well as its "obsolete" predecessor.

WIN7 search is not a minor issue. As for my being in a insignitfiminority, go Google "WIN7 search."

"About 7,660,000 results (0.17 seconds)" - most of them from unhappy people, is not an obscure issue for a few incompetant whiners.

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July 9, 2010 at 21:45:15
well if you have a free open source search proggie that works for you, send it MS as a recommendation to incorporate into the next build, or become a beta tester for win 8, then you will know what your getting next time you fork out 50 bucks for a new MS OS..and you never know, MS might take your whining to heart and upgrade win 7 to incorporate your search tool into an update for every user..;-) but instead of whining about the search, wouldnt it have been better just to tell the other 7,666,000 users that they can add whatever search tool you have found so they also stop whining... or would you rather whine than help 7,660,000 other users??

i hate computers!
but cant help myself....

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September 15, 2010 at 22:45:45
@ Joehark
What open source program did you find and install?? I'm searching for one as well. Fiman only worls for winXP and i deny to use Total Commander....
Launchy is a awsome document-searching program, but if you have 50.000+ files it's becoming useless.
I need a program that can search a whole library for filenames, folders and maybe content.

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September 16, 2010 at 16:46:02
I've installed the 64-bit version of FileLocator Lite. I haven't used
it much yet, but so far it has worked to find what I was looking for.
It is a freeware 'lite' version of FileLocator Pro. I don't see much
need for the "pro" version.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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September 16, 2010 at 17:13:37
I was pleased that someone else found Filelocator, too.

As for the aggressive and insulting responses from those who have swallowed the WIN7 "search" kool-aide, your personal attacks reveal that you have nothing useful to say. A so-called search utility that does not even save its results and display them along with details of file size, dates, etc., is just a bloated piece of crap.

Am I "not configuring" my searches correctly? That's a nonsense claim. I should be able to search for files and folders by their names and get back a list, with those details, of files and folders of that name. not a disorganized random list of any file that might have, some day in the distant past, passed the named files in the hallway.

BTW - Open Source is not a dirty word and I would wear that label with pride. There was an interesting exchange only a few days ago in which an MS executive said that OS software is just a way of hiding incompetence. How ironic that statement is, coming from a company that has built itself a fortune on selling defective software, while preventing anyone from seeing the source. And he's complaining about software that anyone who has skill and wishes to apply it, can fix or change functionality.

Take this to the bank - a future release of Win will revert to the simple and easily used search that was abandoned on recent releases - and they will hail it as 'new and improved.

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