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Does windows 7 has an advance search option?

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  • does windows 7 has a more advance search then the search in start menu or in my computer winodws?

    thanks in advance.
    Friday, January 15, 2010 8:28 PM

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  • Windows Search 4.0 is included by default in Windows 7 (and even Windows Vista with SP2) so you already have it and can start using these advanced search queries instantly :)
    • Marked as answer by aviramof Sunday, January 17, 2010 8:08 AM
    Saturday, January 16, 2010 2:01 PM

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  • You can always use more advanced search queries in both the start menu but also in the top right search box found in Windows Explorer. Have a look at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/desktopsearch/technicalresources/advquery.mspx for more information.
    Friday, January 15, 2010 9:44 PM
  • yeah i have already seen i bet it had something to do with windows search 4.0 which i have no intention of installing even uninstalling WMP12 caused me problems i see no reason to install any thing from microsoft thanks for the help.
    Saturday, January 16, 2010 1:26 PM
  • Windows Search 4.0 is included by default in Windows 7 (and even Windows Vista with SP2) so you already have it and can start using these advanced search queries instantly :)
    • Marked as answer by aviramof Sunday, January 17, 2010 8:08 AM
    Saturday, January 16, 2010 2:01 PM
  • LOL Really ? That's you solution. Abandon the near perfect search in XP for this kludged mess.

    Wow...

    Ya wonder why you guys get black-eyes on these things. Please stop fixing that which is NOT broken.

    We asked for a better OS and we got Win 7 Yeah... But we did not ask for a nutered search

     

    Wednesday, January 12, 2011 7:02 PM
  • LOL Really ? That's you solution. Abandon the near perfect search in XP for this kludged mess.

    Wow...

    Ya wonder why you guys get black-eyes on these things. Please stop fixing that which is NOT broken.

    We asked for a better OS and we got Win 7 Yeah... But we did not ask for a nutered search

     


    amen brother.
    Wednesday, January 12, 2011 8:55 PM
  • First, I realize this thread is ancient, but I'm searching for 'SEARCH' options for Windows 7 and am unbelievably frustrated. 

    Everyone that's not a thread moderator is exceedingly kind  In short, here's the deal Microsoft - it is those of us Windows users that must actually USE Window 7 USERS Search Functionality.  No one is complaining if you want to do some cool command line options for searching using Windows 7...  It's cool if you want to build some kind of advanced 'thinking' search functionality, in a command line format - but don't take away something that NO ONE HAS EVER complained about!  If ANYONE EVER complained about Windows Search - it's because they wanted MORE options and a simpler interface.  No one ever complained about the search interface itself.  This may provide more options, but it's surely NOT simpler - at least not for 95% of us.

    Sorry, but it's ludicrous to GO BACKWARDS to 1985 DOS days and use syntax / command line AFTER you've had a successful, functional & intuitive GUI that 99% of prior windows users are familiar with.

    I still use DOS commands for the things we have always had to use command lines for / or have had as an option in the RUN or CMD box...  I happen to know many of these command lines / syntax because at one time there was no GUI for them originally.  But to go backwards and mandate syntax / command line search without something reasonably familiar... well, somebody at MS goofed big time.

    BTW - sometimes we don't want Windows to THINK for us... we want to tell it what we want and we expect it to do it...  Hopefully this does not portend a more 'thinking' windows in the future (at least not more than it already does).

    You can think I'm just stupid, slow or whatever you prefer  - but we're you're customers and if we're complaining about the lack of search functionality (or the difficulty of learning your new system (legitimately so)  you guys should be listening and figuring out a way to fix this or add an option.  Either that or you guys need to re-write technical manuals because there are a lot of other stupid people like me who think your search is pure garbage  in comparison to XP.

    Windows 7 is a superior platform over XP but the search functionality (or lack / difficulty thereof) will go down in history as a significant Windows 7 faux paux.

    This is only one customers feedback - but I'm pretty sure I'm not alone...

    Monday, July 25, 2011 3:14 AM
  • First, I realize this thread is ancient

    Yep, and marked as answered by the OP.

    If you are having problems I suggest you start your own thread detailing the problems you are experiencing and then the community may be able to help.
    Monday, July 25, 2011 5:05 AM
  • I just changed over to windows 7 (it was preloaded with new computer).  I am really upset that I cannot do advanced searches with win7.  It is a let down for user control.

    I should not have to alter registry, or install a third party program, or search and seach and search for answers to why I cannot define my own seach inquiries on my own computers.

    I was using XP PRO on my last computer.  There were some things that could have used improvement, but the ability to do complete system searches was there.  In Win7 it is not.

    Major let-down with this OS!!!!!!

    Saturday, October 01, 2011 1:05 AM
  • I got here by accident, but since I'm here... you want a nice free search program... it's called "agent ransack" there are x86 and x64 versions available.

    Great program... and it's absolutely free. Just google for it.

    Sunday, October 02, 2011 10:32 PM
  • Windows search is slow (even in indexed locations), har d to use, poorly documented, and not at all intuitive.  Bring back the form based search from XP
    Wednesday, January 11, 2012 2:00 PM
  • I couldn't agree more.  XP search was simple, intuitive and worked.  Windows Search is slow, hard to use, poorly documented, and doesn't find things.
    Wednesday, January 11, 2012 2:02 PM
  • I also ended up on this page, trying to find out how to search all *.doc files on a certain drive for certain content, in Windows 7.  There used to be a search options pane where you could enter this stuff, but now there's just one search box.  I tried *.doc "keyword" but it's just returning files with a .doc extension that has "keyword" in the file name.  Useless.

    P.S. I just used UltraEdit's Find in Files option, it actually worked fine with .doc files, returned everything I needed.

    • Edited by sjsmoto Friday, February 10, 2012 7:04 PM
    Friday, February 10, 2012 6:59 PM
  • God, the problem is obvious. XP had straightforward option to type in the text you want to search for WITHIN documents. Windows 7 does not. Can you read? Sorry, but I've never seen a more straightfoward problem.
    Thursday, December 06, 2012 3:43 PM
  • I have come back to this problem multiple times and keep thinking it must be me and there is a simple fix, where I can use the rather helpful Advanced Search prior to Win7.  I really want to like Microsoft but they make it nearly impossible.  Like was said earlier, MS simply stop fixing stuff that isn't broken!!!

    Friday, August 23, 2013 1:43 AM
  • Just wait until you try Windows 8!
    Friday, August 23, 2013 1:59 AM