Windows Search 4: Does it Finally Work?

I often stated my preference for Copernic Desktop Search, fought Microsoft’s sneaky plan to install Windows Search on XP systems without the owners consent, yet I find myself using Windows Search by default. Only on my Vista PC though, where it’s easier to keep the default than switch to third-party products. On the XP machines I’m still running Copernic.

And now it’s time to admit my title is misleading: Windows Search actually works – at least half-way. It can add files to the index. It just doesn’t remove them. Not when they are deleted, not when they are moved.

I’m not kidding, try it yourself: move a file to another directory or delete it, then see the multiple, redundant pointers to it in Windows Search. No way to tell which entries are dead until you click them.

Today Microsoft released Windows Search 4; let’s hope they learned the basics of updating an index. (Oh, yes, I know I can force a total rebuild of the index, but this should happen automatically, in the background). I’m not going to find out for a while: I learned the hard way not to touch Vista components and wait till it becomes part of Windows Update.

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  1. Why is it in that third party solutions provide a better user experience for what Micrsoft itself cannot just seem to even manage it’s own software applications?

    And this isn’t the only Microsoft application that’s having issues…

    Windows Home Server with KB 946676

    Vista and SP1, even XP with SP3… In fact, I should ask what actually works correctly as advertised by Microsoft that isn’t broken, flawed, defected or the sort?

    BSOD continues… and everyone pushing Microsoft pat’s themselves on the back?

    While the whole time real customers are made public enemy number one, with all the improved Windows Genuine Advantages, like the painful OS activations, validations every time you Windows Update and the sneaky DMI management locking out hardware, not to mention the DRM (digital rights restrictions) used for MPAA and RIAA media monopolies here.

    The PC was suppose to be open, friendly and innovative, not some XBox 360 wanna be gaming console!

  2. Well does it??? I dont want to DL this till I canfind out if its index is fixed. Meanins I dont have to manually reindex as the Blogger noted.

  3. supraturtle says

    Step 1: Microsoft rolls out an obtrusive feature in critical updates. Every user installs it–like it or not. No one thinks to ask an administrator.
    Step 2: Every user calls the administrator demanding to know why their system slows down to a crawl. Meanwhile, Google Desktop Search is laughing hysterically, having already infected 90% of the computer world.
    Step 3: The administrator heaps through uninstalls and explainations Microsoft and Google want to rule the world. Microsoft says ‘oops.’
    Step 4: Before anyone can breath, Outlook innocently asks how a user can look their neighbors in the eye without shame when they don’t have the Quick Search feature enabled. Click OK to be accepted by your peers.
    Step 5: The administrator looks at 150 systems with a NEW install of Desktop Search 4.0 and curls up in a corner, chewing a power cord.

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