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Vista search sucks, a great idea ruined by high resource use and lack of controls.

I disabled it and installed Avafind which can index 200 gigs in 3 minutes. It only does the file names which is all I wanted.

MioTheGreat said,
Nothing can index anything other than file names in '3 minutes'.

Vista's search does a lot more than just file names.

Microsoft’s much touted vista search leaves a lot to be desired. The front end is pretty nice, I like the search field in the start menu and the advance search options are not that bad the fatal flaw is the indexing options dialog. It’s a pain to work with and doesn’t have alot of options. These are the features that it should have come with:

1. The ability to index filenames only and to do it immediatly not when the machine is idle.
2. Indexing all filenames on the hard drive, dozens of file types are left unchecked and it’s time consuming to try and include them.
3. Seperating Filename search from Content search. I would say 90% of all searches are just users looking for where they put a file.
4. The ability to schedule a index rebuild.
5. Speed: Avafind can index 200 gigs in a few minutes while Vista indexing takes days.
6. Better include and exclude: I’d like to include file types by groups like documents and pictures and also be able to exclude them as well.
7. The one thing I would love but will never happen in a million years is the ability to install a better indexer from another company and still use the front end search fields. I’m sure another company could build a faster more feature rich indexer but Microsoft would never allow them to implement it. This is the true fatal flaw of Windows and Microsoft, using their monopoly power to stop others from actually improving Windows features.


what about XP users? does it make it work like vista?
I admit Vista search is neat and I always wanted to have that for XP.

WindowsNT said,
I'm happy with what's built in. I can't see why would one install an application when there's one already there that works.

I can't see why anyone would want something like this, period! Even on XP.

xan K said,
what about XP users? does it make it work like vista?
I admit Vista search is neat and I always wanted to have that for XP.

Windows Desktop Search is basically the same as the Vista search. It doesn't have a search box on the Start menu though. It puts it on the taskbar.

cork1958 said,

I can't see why anyone would want something like this, period! Even on XP.


Because it's fast, convenient and you don't have to sit there like an idiot for five minutes every time you misplace a file.