Windows 10: Program files (.exe) not found by Windows Search Solved

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  1.    31 Oct 2015 #21

    AveYo said: View Post
    Clue to what? I already linked the correct directory above.
    A clue as to what's happening. Old shortcuts sticking around while new shortcuts not showing up for updated programs is NEW info.

    1. Knowing the directories and having to manually put things in and out of them is a workaround NOT a fix.
    2. Doesn't work anyways! I wouldn't mind in the short-term doing the workaround but it's not working.
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  2. Posts : 120
    Windows 10 (duh)
       31 Oct 2015 #22

    Did you try my LnkAllToStart script? Because that one works and it's semi-automated
    "Create lnks in Start Menu to all .exe files in dropped folder target or the current dir"
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  3.    31 Oct 2015 #23

    Hi, this worked fine on some demo PCs.

    I was in a computer place and tried searching for wordpad.exe on their demo systems (64 bits -mine's a 32bit upgrade from 8.1).

    Guess what? It worked. So... is everyone here who finds this doesn't work (searching for a *.exe with explorer), using a 32 bit system by any chance? Or has everyone upgraded, rather than doing a clean install?
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  4.    31 Oct 2015 #24

    64-bit upgrade from Windows 7.
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  5.    06 Aug 2016 #25

    old post but still relevant apparently.

    longest standing MS bug evar? Or intended feature? I just spent tons of time troubleshooting something that wasnt fixable apparently. Teach me to be self sufficient. Time to go straight to google lest I waste the most valuable resource I have since having a kid lol.

    Anyhow - anniversary edition and still no exe.

    MS support thread about it half a dozen+ pages long.

    Doesnt look like it'll ever be fixed, not sure if they even know about it, or if it actually IS intended.
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  6.    06 Aug 2016 #26

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  7.    06 Aug 2016 #27

    dalchina said: View Post
    I was in a computer place and tried searching for wordpad.exe
    That isn't really the problem - it will find .exe in C:\Windows. When it will not find it is if you make a directory for example C:\Users\<xxxx>\Programs and put the .exe there (for portable programs say).

    I suppose it is deliberate as it worked in Windows 8 and still doesn't on x64 14393 (clean install). You can add shortcuts and it will find them so I have written a program to create shortcuts for all .exe (and .ps1) found in a directory. This workaround is a bit feeble though as if you forget to make the shortcut the .exe isn't found.

    Still either they will change it or not. Can't do much else :)
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  8.    06 Aug 2016 #28

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    So there's one on D:.....
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  9.    06 Aug 2016 #29

    dalchina said: View Post
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    So there's one on D:.....
    If you press and type et.exe do you find it? Certainly I don't...

    It is the search from I'm talking about - perhaps these pictures explain the problem better.

    Search in File explorer finds 6 instances of TreeSizeFree on my C:\ drive... It is not installed - it is a portable program.

    From the button search I get 5 - everything except the .exe (the top one highlighted in the picture is the shortcut I created).

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    Narrowing it to TreeSizeFree.exe gets nothing

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    Hope this makes sense now :)
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  10.    07 Aug 2016 #30

    Hi, Cortana search (including 'Find results in apps/documents/photos/') - whatever happened to 'My Stuff' - doesn't find et.exe at all- 'cos it's not indexed- which is why I gave up on using that long ago. And I hesitated over 'apps' - which apps? Terminology.

    Cortana search relies on what's indexed as far as what's on disk is concerned, so is inherently limited ('useless' to me). I guess that's the difference you're seeing.

    Wordpad.exe is found by Cortana search (indexed on C:).

    This degree of confusion and obfuscation is simply not what I want- normally to find things I use Locate32 (which, unlike Everything, allows GUI specification of where to search - in Everything 1.4 limiting the search range to a folder is a typed string including the folder path- or the search in Classic shell. Otherwise I might use explorer search for simple cases or simply typing on the file name list in details view.
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