This is not a Forum; it is a newsgroup. But, sad to say, Microsoft has
announced that (1) there will be NO newsgroups for Windows 7, and (2) ALL
Microsoft public newsgroups - and the msnews.microsoft.com news server -
will be closed by October. Microsoft says that there will be no MS NGs for
peer-to-peer support, only Forums in the future. So go to
and find the ones that you need. Until it actually closes, THIS Vista
newsgroup is about as good as it gets for Win7 questions.
It does not exist in Win7.
it is either VERY easy - or very hard.
Step 1 is to turn it on, if it is not already. In Control Panel | Programs
and Features, on the left sidebar, click "Turn Windows features on or off".
On the next screen, do NOT check "Indexing Service"; despite its
right-sounding name, this is for an older service that does not work well in
Win7. But scroll way down to Windows Search and be sure that box is
checked. (It should be checked, by default.)
Then just give it some time. Search works in the background, jumping out of
the way whenever we do anything in the foreground, so it can take several
days to build the original Index, especially if we have many files and
folders and if we do not give the computer much downtime but turn it off as
soon as we finish actively using it. If we insist, we can click Control
Panel | Indexing Options and tweak the settings to fit our own system and
way of working. But, as I said, it is either easy or VERY hard. If we start
tweaking before we really understand how Search works, we may spend days and
end up with worse results than before. And we may have to let it REbuild
the Index a few times. It may be best to just live with the defaults for a
week or two before we try to "improve" it.
I have not found a good tutorial on how to use Search. I tried, even during
the beta, and finally have it working OK but not great. Some of its quirks
bug me a lot, such as its refusal to search in .pub files, so I cannot search
all those Rotary newsletters that I produced with Publisher a few years ago.
And it takes some tweaking to search the contents of .eml and ..nws files.
Good luck! I think you will like Win7 - and many users also have high praise
for Search. ;<)
R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
Microsoft Windows MVP
Windows Live Mail 2010 (15.3.2804.0607) in Win7 Ultimate x64
I know I should not post to this forum, but I am desperate. I have Windows 7,
64-bit OS. I jumped to this over Vista from Win XP. The Search function is
completely different. I am trying to find the "index.dat" file, and search
turns up nothing. I go into Windows Explorer and I cannot find the History
file/folder, and it does not have the option to point to different drives.
Can someone help me find my index.dat file, favorites file, and explain how
to use the Search function in this OS? Thanks in advance.