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Windows Search 4.0 Won't Index File Contents


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#1 gnarlytom

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Posted 24 September 2008 - 08:58 AM

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,
Tom

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Posted 24 September 2008 - 09:40 AM

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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Posted 24 September 2008 - 09:51 AM

Hi, thanks for the quick reply,

ive realised that windows xp has its own built in indexing, but i'm using 4.0 indexer. I have tried uninstalling and re-installing already.

I have also tried downloading iFilters, but i'm not sure if i even need these. They havn't made any difference anyway.

is it supposed to automatically index the contents of these files?

Tom

Edited by gnarlytom, 24 September 2008 - 09:54 AM.


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Posted 25 September 2008 - 10:27 AM

I have no need for Windows Search 4.0, but have found that this link will answer quite a few questions about it: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/...es/techfaq.mspx
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