Windows 7 Search Using Locate32
"Search" is a basic function of an operating system that should work perfectly each time it's invoked. It worked in Windows XP, but for some reason, it is not error-free in Windows (do a Google search of "Windows 7 search does not work"). Until it's fixed in Windows 7, there is a third party program called Locate32 that has received very positive reviews and seems to work well. If search is important to your work, I recommend it.
- Copy P:\Apps\Locate32\locate32-188.8.131.5210.exe to C:\Temp. Right-click the exe and select RUN AS ADMINISTRATOR. The program installs to C:\Program Files\Locate\.
- Create a shortcut to Locate32: right-click a bare spot on the desktop → New → Shortcut → browse to C:\Program Files\Locate\Locate32.exe. Click NEXT.
- Click FINISH.
- Click the LOCATE32.EXE shortcut on your desktop. By default, Locate32 will only index files on C:. To index your files on U:, click Options → Settings.
- Click DATABASES.
- Highlight DEFAULT and click EDIT.
- In the INCLUDE section, check CUSTOM, then check the box to the left of U:. Click OK.
- Double-click LOCATE32.EXE on your desktop.
- You need to update the index database before you can search. Click FILE → UPDATE DATABASES.
- While the index database is being built, you'll see a progress window in the lower right corner of your screen. When it's done, Locate32 is ready to search. You should always update the database before you search -- it only takes seconds.
- Locate32 will now function like the Search function in Windows XP.