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Windows Explorer not finding files. Need alternative!

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    Windows Explorer not finding files. Need alternative!


    I am having great difficulty searching within Windows Explorer. The windows explorer search is basically useless as it almost never finds the files I am looking for and will not accept wild card!

    Also I do not like the search charm as it just shows the files without the details like folder location etc. I need to right click on each individual file to see its location. This is primitive to say the least especially when the search brings up many results. I have thousands of files. Right clicking on each file to see its location is tedious.

    I desperately need a replacement for Windows Explorer with a search that is comparable to the search in Win XP Windows Explorer.

    Please help as I am totally frustrated!

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    India
    Posts : 1,184
    Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Linux Mint 14


    Hello,

    How about this one? xplorer2 lite

    xplorer˛ lite: free windows explorer replacement (file manager)

    -- Arpan
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    Thank you; I shall give it a try!
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    India
    Posts : 1,184
    Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Linux Mint 14


    You're welcome, mate!
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    Tried it but it is not as I expected. Thanks anyway.
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    Trnava
    Posts : 683
    Win 8.1.1 Pro x64


    Here is a few more Best Free File Manager I use Explorer++, it has 2MB and I made it look simple.
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    What is the problem with the search facility. Mine seems to accept wild cards?
    Last edited by davehc; 01 Apr 2014 at 05:23.
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    I use wild cards and it does not find files I know are there. For example when I use *.avi it does not return a search for all my avi files. Somehow Win 7 and Win 8 don't like people not using generic folders to save their files. My win 8.1.1 is far from the OS I expected. After the win 7 let down I was very disappointed with win 8. What I like about Win 8 is the fast boot time. 7 took 3.5 minutes to boot. There are other things I like about 8. By the way I use Classic Shell on both my 7 and 8 machines. I could not use those OS's otherwise.

    My main peeve with both OS's is the search function and with 8 the faded pastel colours that make seeing the slide bar almost impossible.
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    Posts : 376
    W8.1, W7


    If a file exists, this one will find it > Agent Ransack - Free File Searching Utility
    As file manager I use FreeCommander, give it a test FreeCommander - freeware file manager

    Good luck.
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    India
    Posts : 1,184
    Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Linux Mint 14


    FreeCommander is a great suggestion, 4wd
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