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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Windows XP Search -- It won't find what I search for!

This has nothing to do with SSRS, but has cured one of the headaches I've had over the past few years.

Have you ever used the Windows search and noticed that it never finds the files you're looking for? Even if you create a file with an extension of your choice and some content of your choice and search for that content, it won't find the file!

Here is the KB article:

This method fixed all of my failed searching headaches:

Method 2

To configure Windows XP to search all files no matter what the file type, obtain the latest service pack for Windows XP and then turn on the Index file types with unknown extensions option. If you use this method, Windows XP searches all file types for the text that you specify. This can affect the performance of the search functionality. To do this:
Click Start, and then click Search (or point to Search, and then click For Files or Folders).
Click Change preferences, and then click With Indexing Service (for faster local searches).
Click Change Indexing Service Settings (Advanced). Note that you do not have to turn on the Index service.
On the toolbar, click Show/Hide Console Tree.
In the left pane, right-click Indexing Service on Local Machine, and then click Properties.
On the Generation tab, click to select the Index files with unknown extensions check box, and then click OK.
Close the Indexing Service console.


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