Indexing on network drives RRS feed

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  • Hi Guys - I have seen several posts regarding this and didn't see any specific answer. So I am posting it again.

    In my case, it is a 64 bit machine. I know there is a Hotfix available for this on 32 bit platforms and I am not looking for any library add function as well.

    Please advise if there is any update/solution available to fix this thing.  

    Many Thanks!

    • Edited by Nivil Thursday, February 27, 2014 10:00 PM
    • Changed type Nivil Wednesday, March 26, 2014 3:59 PM
    Thursday, February 27, 2014 9:58 PM

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  • Hi,

    Could you please tell more information such as the follows?

    what is your issue regarding Indexing on network drives?

    Any special errors? Your OS version? Which hotfix available for "this" on 32 bit platforms?

    Please take a look into Event Viewer and see if any useful messages there, if convenience please upload them.

    Meanwhile, take a look at this thread:

    How do I get windows 7 to Index a network mapped drive?


    Best regards

    Michael Shao
    TechNet Community Support

    • Edited by Michael_LS Friday, February 28, 2014 9:39 AM
    Friday, February 28, 2014 9:37 AM
  • OS - Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit

    Errors - NO

    Issue - In this machine, there are 5 network drives mapped and User wants to search in that network drives. While doing search on network drives, it doesn't show any results. At the same time, it shows results for local drives. 

    KB918996 - found working on one 32 bit machine.

    As in the above link - I can't make all drives 'available offline'. is the following only solution available to make it work?

    1. Create a folder on your hard drive for shares. i.e. c:\share
    2. Create another folder in the above share. i.e. c:\share\music
    2. Link the Library to this folder. 
    3. Delete the folder.
    4. Use the mklink in an elevated command prompt to make a symbolic link. Name the link the same as the folder you created above. 
    i.e - mklink /d c:\share\music \\server\music
    5. Done. Now you have non-indexed UNC path as a library.


    Friday, February 28, 2014 10:12 AM
  • can someone help pls?
    Wednesday, March 5, 2014 11:33 AM
  • Hi,

    You mean this KB article?

    Availability of the Windows Desktop Search add-in for Files on Microsoft Networks

    From this article, it told that This add-in is not supported on x64-based versions of these products. And, this add-in is not supported in Windows 7 or in later versions.

    Best regards

    Michael Shao
    TechNet Community Support

    Thursday, March 6, 2014 5:02 AM
  • Yes, it is not supported in 64 bit platforms. I would request MS to release one to fix it as it did for 32 bit. 

    Coming back to my problem, I have escalated it and came out to be an enterprise wide problem. So Closed the call for the moment. 

    Thanks guys for your time.

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014 3:58 PM