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XP Search Parameters Question / Problem


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#1 boweasel

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 11:53 AM

The XP searches I do are pretty much always to find something on an external drive.  I always start by going to My Computer, selecting the drive, selecting the folder and clicking Search from the menu bar to bring up the search companion.  I then enter part of the file name and click Search.  I hardly ever use the Advanced Options.

 

The first search always works perfecly.  But if I initiate a second search from that same page by changing the file name, it almost always gives me an immediate negative result.

 

If I then go to the Advanced Options, I see that in the Type of File box is listed AAC Audio Book.

I don't want to search for a particular type of file, but I can't get back to a blank in the type of file.  And the pulldown, although it has dozens of file type listed, has nothing for All File Types.

 

I have to X out of the search, re-click My Computer and start over.

 

When I do start over, if I click Advanced Options, the Type of File box is empty, which is what I want.  I just don't know how to re-empty it after every search..

 

I do a lot of searches and it's a pain in the butt to have to close the search every time.

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Anybody know how to fix this minor, but annoying problem?  I can find nothing online about it.  The AAC Audio Book file type is the first type listed.  I just don't know why it defaults to that after almost every search.  And I don't know how to clear it.

 



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Posted 22 March 2013 - 12:41 PM

I don't have a fix for your search in XP. I became so disenchanted with it myself I resorted to alternatives.

I use Agent Ransack - Free File Searching Utility

Others here like Everything search engine

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 01:07 PM

:thumbup2: , I use the Everything tool, rather than the Windows search function.

 

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 04:30 PM

Not exactly the answer I was looking for since Everything does not search file contents, a feature I frequently use.

 

I have an old working laptop that also runs XP and it has never had any problems with Windows searches. 



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Posted 22 March 2013 - 05:37 PM

Well...you'll have to wait until someone who actually uses that tool...responds to your inquiry.

 

I'm sure there are some that do, even some who have mistakenly installed Search 4.0 on their XP systems.

 

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 08:24 PM

Everything does not search file contents, a feature I frequently use.

Agent Ransack does and much better than XP's search. Highly recommended.

Try switching to classic search. See if the problem is still there.

 

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

; Use Classic Search In Explorer
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CabinetState] 
"Use Search Asst"="no"

To turn back on the silly doggy search just edit the reg file to Use Search Asst"="yes".






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