Windows 7 file search

Basically wanted a file search like in XP – specify a file name pattern and optional text pattern. Search all files in all sub dirs.

Not in Win 7. After trying things and googling a bit its clear file search just doesn’t work in Win 7.

Found/had suggested two good alternatives, each has its stronger points so will probably use both.

I also have google desktop installed, but I can’t find anyway to force it to index nor get a status of what it thinks it has indexed – I even added some dirs explicitly but after a week I question if it’s indexed much of anything. All the drive’s status just say “Crawl not yet started”

Too bad, as it was pretty good at finding “relevant” things when I only had a rough idea what I was searching for.

Saturday, July 10th, 2010 Windows 7 system