How do I save and refine desktop searches in Microsoft Windows Vista?

Looking for Doc Watson

The ability to save and even tag searches means that you can associate files and folders with a specific project name. By saving a search you can find all of the relevant files for that project tag no matter where they are saved. For example, I saved a search for Doc Watson. Now, whenever I add music to my Doc Watson collection, whether it is on my external drive or the internal drive, it will show up in this saved search as long as I save the new files in what I have defined as an indexed location.

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