Since the search has never worked well for me in XP, Vista and 7 I've always used other solutions. That is, I'll add other apps or just use the command line and the old DIR command.
I have had a big problem which I believe started ever since a Windows update.
However, rang Dell and they had not heard of the problem and a system restore did not resolve the issue.
Basically, when searching using the start menu for items, shortcuts to programs will appear. However, almost all documents, music, videos and pictures won't. But, if it has been opened recently from it's file location it will then appear in the search results.
It seems like a very strange problem and i have no idea why this is happening.
Have tired rebuilding the index into a new location but it states it will take a long time but it says it is complete within 30 seconds and stop at around 2,000 files indexed. Even though there is a lot more.
Have tried restarting the service and this also didn't work.
I have been told it could be a registry issue or something caused by Mcafee security but i don't want to risk fiddling with this in case it mucks the PC up anymore. I got told that Mcafee might be releasing an update cause this problem was caused by the new verison of their security centre but i have had this new security program for a good two months and not had the problem.
I have also tried reticking the index service.
As well as disabling PDF files as i heard this could be a problem. Still no joy.
I have also tried a few registry fixes i found on the internet which didn't work.
Any confirmations of this being a recognized problem, anyone know of any fixes or any solutions on how to fix this issue?
I have a Dell Studio 1747.