Searching on XP cannot find files

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DanielK

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When I do a Search on a folder (right-click > Search...), and then enter something in 'A word or phrase in the file' textbox, Windows XP does not display files that I know contain the 'word' or 'phrase'.

It seems to be able to find the word/phrase in '.txt' files ok but files with other extensions (like '.py'), or with no extension, do not show up in the results list.

I have 3 XP Prof machines and they all exhibit this behavior.

What gives?

Daniel Klein
 
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If the files don't have an association (what is a .py file?) with an application that will allow searching of text, it won't be found.

In many applications, the "text" isn't stored as plain text, but is encrypted. When that file has an association with an application (such as MS Word) it can facilitate the search to decode the text.
 

DanielK

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A .py file is a Python file and it is a plain text file. It has an association but that shouldn't make a difference.

Windows 2000 never had this problem.

It's got to be something else.

Daniel Klein
 
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There are some known issues in XP, and this might apply:

Search - Text
Windows® XP has a known issue for not finding a number of File Types when you do a Search for Files "containing text" or using the "A word or phrase in the file" option. This can be remedied for many file types, but not all. The cause is the lack of a PersistentHandler value in the Registry for this type of file. Fix:_ http://www.dougknox.com/xp/tips/xp_bad_search.htm
To Add Specific extensions:_ Copy these lines into Notepad including a blank last line, change where it reads .php to the extension of your choice, save with a .reg extension (ex. php.reg), then double click._
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.php\PersistentHandler]
@="{5e941d80-bf96-11cd-b579-08002b30bfeb}"
Here are some already created:_ .htm , php, java , html , xls , doc
ref:

http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_abc.htm

see under 'S' > Search
 
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