Windows search doesn't always work

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  1.    07 Oct 2017 #31

    Creating the index initially would take longer, of course. That should be the only impact. Assuming changes thereafter would most commonly be smaller rather than larger, they would be re-indexed very quickly.

    I've not experimented with very large volumes of content indexing (how fast something is found) with Windows search, but certainly when I used Copernic or Google Desktop search with larger volumes of information this was not an issue.
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  2.    07 Jan 2018 #32

    pepanee said: View Post
    1) Search for, and open, Indexing Options
    2) Press the Advanced button
    3) Press the Rebuild button
    4) Press the OK button

    Wait for the Indexer to rebuild itself, give it a few hours or so, then check up on it. (Open Indexing Options again, and look at the top where it will say: "# items indexed" (where # is the number of files on your computer). As long as it says "items indexed", that means it's complete. Try searching for any file on your computer. Does it show your results?
    Sorry for the very late response, I had completely forgot about this thread. Windows says the indexing has been completed and about 1000 files has been indexed and it now seems to find my files and my programs! Will give it a few days and see if it sticks.
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       07 Jan 2018 #33


    I noticed I had a typo in my post. I apologize. Even when the indexer is still indexing, it would still say "# items indexed". So that means it could still be running. Refer to the picture to see how it would look like if the indexing is complete. Since yours says only 1000 files have been indexed, that means it's probably crashing and resetting. It should have indexed much more than 1000 files by now. So you should still "Rebuild" the index like I said. Then you should check on it hours later.

    Even after "Rebuilding" the Index, it's possible that it could still be crashing & resetting. The Event Viewer will tell you on which file it crashes/resets on. I've had a similar issue like this before.

    So first, Rebuild the Index, then check on it hours later.

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  4.    08 Jan 2018 #34

    I see, thats a bit confusing. I have set it to run and will let it run for the rest of the day.
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       08 Jan 2018 #35

    Sounds good
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  6.    09 Jan 2018 #36

    Well it ran for most of the day yesterday, and didnt find anything besides the files that it already had found..
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       09 Jan 2018 #37

    I would try rebuilding the index, like I stated earlier. It's not that hard; It's very easy.
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  8.    09 Jan 2018 #38

    That's what i did..?
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       09 Jan 2018 #39

    Oh okay. I may have misunderstood earlier posts. Sorry bout that.

    Ok, open Indexing Options and take a screen shot of it real quick. You don't mind me seeing what message it shows?
    Open it > Press Alt + Print Screen > then on this page at the bottom, click in the Quick Reply box, and press CTRL + V

    Then Post the message.
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  10.    10 Jan 2018 #40

    Well it ran for most of the day yesterday, and didnt find anything besides the files that it already had found..
    Suggest you post an example (path, file name) of
    - what you're trying to find that isn't being found
    - exactly how you're trying to search for it
    - further info as necessary if you're doing a content search.

    Given the above screenshot showing indexed locations and the path, that will help determine if you have it in an indexed location (key for Cortana search).

    If you are using file explorer to search, you need to ensure explorer is open at a point in the file hierarchy above the item you are searching for.
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