Windows Search Companion in Vista

By njansen ·
I LOATHE the Windows Search feature in Windows Vista. It does not have as many search options as the search companion in Windows XP. Is there any way to use the search companion in Vista, or perhaps increase search options? I really miss being able to search for specific types of files. For instance, in Windows XP the search companion would ask me what I wanto search for and I could choose "Pictures, Music, or Video" and specify that I only want to search for Video in E Drive. I really miss these options. Is there any way I could utilize this type of search in Vista?

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click on

by Sue T In reply to Windows Search Companion ...

the advance button in search and you will have all of those options.

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it doesn't `have any advanced seacrh options

by ginalaliq In reply to click on

Windows Vista has something called advanced search it doesn't have any advanced search options. I can't find anything in it. Can anyone help. Windows XP was great

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Vista Supports Advanced Searching

by jszivos In reply to Windows Search Companion ...

The Vista Search plugin is far superior to the Windows XP Search Companion. The only thing that was removed was the "Companions".

First, the fastest way to access Search in Vista is with Windows(key) + S.

Along the top, below the address bar, there should be a title bar named "Show only" where you can select E-mail, Document, Picture, Music, or Other. There is also an Advanced Search drop-down on the right side.

Last, you can save these search queries. The default save location is C:\Users\%username%\Searches. You can put a shortcut on the Desktop to the folder or specific search queries.

Generally I only use the Search in the Start Menu. The cached items are typically sufficient for me.

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I disagree, Vista search total failure!

by n.champaigne In reply to Vista Supports Advanced S ...

I have consistently found Vista's local search to be lame and impaired. Vista is bankrupting developers with it's inconsistencies. I'm still trying to find a way to import XP's local search. Everything is wrong about Vista search. My last search was to find out where a rogue file-save *.mpg file went to. It was a big time failure, even with advance search setting in my favor. When assholes say Vista search is better, I know they're on the payroll of Microsoft, which incidentally makes them totally useless for solving most Vista failures.

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Increasing search options does not function right

by n.champaigne In reply to Windows Search Companion ...

Vista has the advanced features, but I have never managed to make it to find anything that hasn't been indexed, even when not instructed to. Microsoft consitently causes users to waste hours trying to make their OS function the way it should.Even though you have purchased the product, it really is not yours to peruse through or negotiate freely.

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Vista search truly stinks

by bevg In reply to Windows Search Companion ...

It's wayyyyyyyy slow, even in places that are indexed. Heaven forbid that you click to change the order of results--it starts ALL OVER AGAIN. And, like Google and other search engines, it ignores punctuation; I think that's the worst. I tried to find files with a .pad extension, and it just finds the word pad. Totally useless.

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