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Search indexing questions, again

  1. #1


    Posts : 7
    windows 8

    Search indexing questions, again


    Hi guys,

    I know we've beaten this one a lot before, but I have some questions.

    I've just moved to 8 as my primary OS, and I love it, but I'm having the same search issues I've had in windows before.

    Now, before you say, "Install blah de blah third party search app!", Please know, I don't want to do that. I don't like opening one application to search files. I want to be able to search from my file explorer. Sorry, I'm stubborn, and I like things to work in a specific way. I hate the idea of having to open an app to search for files.

    So that brings up a few questions.

    Firstly; I've found that if the index is turned off, I don't have search issues. I can search any drive and find my files. I'm wondering if there is a reason for this, if there is a fix, and if not:

    - is there a way to disable the windows message that "searches might be slow because index is not running"? I'm fine with no index, if I can search my damn files as a result, but I hate that message.

    Next up; as to third party search replacers; is there ANY way to simply replace the search in windows explorer with another app? Probably not, but if so, I would love to find out about it.

    And finally - is there a goddamn way to make the index work properly? Yes, I realize it's always been screwy, but I've seen it work just fine on many old systems of mine.

    Input appreciated. Thanks!

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  2. #2


    Forever West
    Posts : 591
    WinVista, Win7, Win8.1, Win10, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17.1


    Since I don't use the same 'language' I can't form a suitable response.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 7
    windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by Berton View Post
    Since I don't use the same 'language' I can't form a suitable response.
    That makes about as much sense as search not working, so thanks for that!
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  4. #4


    Posts : 176
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Berton View Post
    Since I don't use the same 'language' I can't form a suitable response.
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  5. #5


    I have the search index turned on and I have no problems finding what I am looking for, via Windows Explorer. I can't think of a reason to ever turn the search index off.
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  6. #6


    Trnava
    Posts : 683
    Win 8.1.1 Pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by brianbotkiller View Post
    I want to be able to search from my file explorer.
    The simplest solution would be to search from a third party file explorer. Otherwise try this:

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\InfoBarsDisabled]
    "ServerMSSNotInstalled"=dword:00000001
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  7. #7


    Posts : 126
    windows 8.1 pro


    do you have a dual boot? I had search problems because I had windows 8 installed on two separate boots, and that really confused the indexing royally. Of course, this is just one reason why indexing can get borked.

    please note that I emphasised my point by writing "royally", rather than by employing certain language that is not considered acceptable on sites such as this.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 7
    windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by shmu View Post
    do you have a dual boot? I had search problems because I had windows 8 installed on two separate boots, and that really confused the indexing royally. Of course, this is just one reason why indexing can get borked.

    please note that I emphasised my point by writing "royally", rather than by employing certain language that is not considered acceptable on sites such as this.
    Nope, not dual booted.

    And whatever problem there is with my language, well, I could care less : )
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