How to locate an EXE file that I have just installed? Solved

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  1. Barman58's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 1809 - 17763.134 XP/Vista/Win7/Win8.1 in VM for testing
       13 Jan 2018 #11

    Double clicking on the zip file here opens the zip file which contains a single file Old Calculator for Windows 10.exe which is the installer.

    This installs the file Calc1.exe to this location C:\Windows\System32\

    The temp location is a Red herring in that it is used only to create the exe in the right location

    If you create a shortcut to C:\Windows\System32\ Calc1.exe this should invoke the old calculator
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  2.    14 Jan 2018 #12

    zbook said: View Post
    See if this software can help you find a file. Once you find the file you can then trace it backward. It will index every file on the computer.


    FindEveryFile is the most amazing program for a Windows tool. It reminds me of the old Unix tools with dozens of options and flags.

    I was using Agent Ransack long before the search box at lower left of Windows was introduced. AR has many search expressions, including regex, boolean, and text within files. AFAIK, none of these are available with the Windows search.

    But, at a quick glance, FindEveryFile has even more search expressions than AR

    FEF easily wins the speed comparison versus AR. With a search option of *.*, FEF found 240,000 files in 7 seconds (I have one of those posh SSD things).

    AR took about 20 seconds. To be fair, I've never used *.* with AR, but it has always seemed adequately fast to me.

    Thanks for that great recommendation
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    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       14 Jan 2018 #13

    You are Welcome.
    It's night and day compared to file explorer search.
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  4.    14 Jan 2018 #14

    regex, boolean, and text within files. AFAIK, none of these are available with the Windows search
    More than you think is available using file explorer search- it's just not the most convenient or obvious tool.

    For example, search string such as
    d.txt nonsense -exclude
    finds one file out of several possible text files.
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    nonsense and exclude
    are both in one file, only nonsense in the other.
    Specifying -exclude eliminates indexed text files containing the text exclude.

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    However file explorer search does not properly respect the use of * & ? in a file name specification as one might hope.
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    At least that's not what I'd have expected.

    All that said, as said above, I prefer using a 3rd party tool normally.
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