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Why does Explorer's search break?


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#1 Lamp0


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Posted 07 May 2014 - 20:01

When I use the search bar in Windows Explorer it sometimes seems to get bogged down or something & never stops loading.


Today for example, I was searching through a group of folders with about 250 low-res pictures. The search worked instantly.


I then backed out of the search & moments later researched the same term in the same location. Windows Explorer sat there loading & loading, the green fill crawling across the address bar. I let it sit there for five minutes & it still had not completed. The green fill in the address bar was near the end just sitting there. I quit it out of frustration.


What's happening here? Why is braking like this?

#2 Top Qat

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 20:44

The built-in search is a bit hit and miss. Even with the indexing enabled it can take ages. Pretty poor really.

I disabled the built-in search and just use FileSeachy, It's very fast.

#3 Thomas the Tank Engine

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 20:48

I use Everything!



#4 mastercoms


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Posted 07 May 2014 - 21:00

 What's happening here? Why is braking like this?

I use http://locate32.cogit.net/ but Windows Search is like that, unless you're using the modern search in Windows 8, not in Explorer. And that's only for indexed locations.