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Limited Search Function in Vista

by phred99 / March 30, 2009 12:12 PM PDT

I have a Dell XPS420 (32bit) with Vista Home Premium. When using the search function clicking on "Search Everywhere" displays Google Desktop which shows some emails and favorites, and not the search window as shown in this link.
As a result, the search function is not much use. Any advice on how I can get it to show the appropriate search window would be much appreciated.

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Limited Search Function in Vista
by phred99 / April 1, 2009 2:04 AM PDT

Hello.. Has anyone had a look at my post of march 30? Should it be on the Vista forum instead? Please advise.

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Limited Search Function in Vista - Help!!
by phred99 / April 3, 2009 2:36 AM PDT


I originally posted on March 30 and there has been no response other than my own followups. I don't want to appear impatient but could someone please advise whether this is pending review or if I'm on the wrong board.


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Or the wrong question.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 3, 2009 3:23 AM PDT

Let me share I found Microsoft's search tools to be unusable. I only hope they didn't invest any time on them.

My solution? The old command line and Google Desktop search.

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Limited search function
by phred99 / April 3, 2009 4:30 AM PDT
In reply to: Or the wrong question.

Hi Bob,

Thanks for the reply. I liked the search tool in XP but the one in Vista (at least on this machine) just doesn't do the job. I get google descktop when I click on "Search Everywhere" and it is useless. What is the old command line that you referred to?

Also, in my first post, I included a link that shows me the search page I should see when I click "search everywhere". Have they removed this feature or is it just me or my computer that's the problem?


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When I need to file a file.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 3, 2009 4:41 AM PDT

I click on the ORB (strange, why the change MS?) then run CMD. Now I can use the DIR command to find a file in seconds compared to the glacial Vista search.

I also have a nugget about renaming files in Vista. I'll solve that later but for now I use the command line.

As to Google search, I'd uninstall it and opt for it to remove any user settings along the way. Maybe Vista's search will be reinstated? Then you can test it that way and maybe a fresh install of Google deskstop search will be needed to answer that one. Sorry that it just works here. I can't explain why your machine does this. I only know that Vista is the new "Windows ME". I look forward to Windows 7.

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Limited search function
by phred99 / April 3, 2009 5:15 AM PDT

Bingo! Uninstalling Google desktop (For which I had no use) did the trick. Vista search now appears.

Great help Bob, thanks

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Glad it helped.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 3, 2009 7:23 AM PDT

And thanks for sharing your results. It helps build up the forum knowledge. Not everything is known.

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