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Windows Search (Win+F) default path seems broken. RRS feed

  • Question

  • Short and to the point.

    If I summon a Windows Search with the Win+F key from within any Windows Application, it seems to be defaulting to a path with no subfolders, so it doesn't find anything.
    Since Microsoft have now simplified the search feature to have a very, very basic menu (Try it, press Win+F) I can't seem to change the path to "My Computer" so it searches the whole machine.

    The workaround is to open a copy of Windows Explorer, specifically click on "My Computer" then press F3 for the search.
    This seems frankly a bit silly, can we 'fix' the default path of the Windows Search (When summoned, with Win+F) to be in the My Computer location? otherwise the Win+F search box is for all intents and purposes, effectively useless!

    Please test this yourself, it won't take long to do and I firmly believe it's an easily fixed bug.
    Sunday, May 31, 2009 6:54 AM

Answers

  • Scottylans,

    Let me rephrase my question...

    I can not duplicate your issue. Just now I hit Win + F and typed *.jpg in the search box and it found files in many drives. So for me it IS defaulting to 'My Computer' for searches...

    So, maybe booting to the install disk and choosing 'Upgrade' to see if that will fix your issue for you.
    Saturday, June 6, 2009 12:22 AM
    Answerer
  • This problem has been fixed, the START MENU customise options, seems to change how the entire search function works with Win+F ?
    http://members.iinet.net.au/~scottylans/searchfixlol.jpg

    Saturday, June 13, 2009 6:30 AM

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  • Scottylans,

    I'm not sure I understand. 'My Computer' is the whole machine. All of your drives are listed under 'My Computer'. Can you explain to me how that is different?
    Sunday, May 31, 2009 2:59 PM
    Answerer
  • Have you tried setting the default search options in Control Panel/Folder Options?
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    Mark L. Ferguson MS-MVP
    Friday, June 5, 2009 12:48 PM
  • Scottylans,

    Let me rephrase my question...

    I can not duplicate your issue. Just now I hit Win + F and typed *.jpg in the search box and it found files in many drives. So for me it IS defaulting to 'My Computer' for searches...

    So, maybe booting to the install disk and choosing 'Upgrade' to see if that will fix your issue for you.
    Saturday, June 6, 2009 12:22 AM
    Answerer
  • Here is a movie of precisely it occuring.
    Obviously you can not see me pressing Win-F nor can you see me press enter, however I certainly am doing it.
    http://members.iinet.net.au/~scottylans/searchwhut.wmv
    Saturday, June 13, 2009 5:43 AM
  • This problem has been fixed, the START MENU customise options, seems to change how the entire search function works with Win+F ?
    http://members.iinet.net.au/~scottylans/searchfixlol.jpg

    Saturday, June 13, 2009 6:30 AM
  • WHY ON EARTH does the START MENU OPTIONS for the START MENU SEARCH function disable it's usefulness for the one manually called with Win+F? ?? ?
    http://members.iinet.net.au/~scottylans/searchfixedlol.wmv

    I had to kill the explorer process but it is now working fine.
    Saturday, June 13, 2009 6:50 AM
  • Hello
    Thursday, June 18, 2009 1:04 PM
  • No answer to that one,.....................so at least hopefully some other poor ____ who buys Windows 7 finds this solution in a google search in 18 months.
    Tuesday, June 23, 2009 12:21 PM