Rant mode on:
Microsoft, we’ve been friends. Good friends in fact – for many years. And that one time we got drunk at the bar and … well. But you’re doing me wrong. Not just wrong, your KILLING ME. WHAT THE F* IS WRONG WITH YOUR SEARCH IN WIN7 (and to lesser degree Vista)???
Why is it if I want to find a real, honest file, I need to open a command prompt and type: ‘dir fileIwanttofind.dae /s’ to actually find the thing? Why is it if I type the filename in the ‘search’ box of my file explorer YOU NEVER SEEM TO FIND IT. EVEN IF I POINT YOU TO THE RIGHT DIRECTORY. EVEN IF I GO TO ADVANCED AND SELECT ALL THE CRYPTIC OPTIONS. What. The. Hell. You can’t even find a file anymore.
I was trying to walk a friend through a virus attack the other day (which turned out just to be a HORRIBLY written app), and needed to delete an auto-starting program called foo.exe. I had her type it into the search dialog. No luck. I had her open the advanced options and select system+hidden files – no luck. We tried wildcards like foo.* and so forth – no luck. I had her open the dos prompt and type the search in – bam – answer in 2 seconds.
You have this crazy service running constantly scanning and indexing my drives, you have search helper services running all the time and chewing up resources – but you can’t find a single file when I look for it. I ALWAYS end up resorting to a seperate tool or command prompt.
How did you get so messed up? Are you drunk? What’s wrong with you?