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Searching on XP cannot find files

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by DanielK, Oct 12, 2003.

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  1. DanielK

    DanielK Thread Starter

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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
     
  2. kiwiguy

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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.
     
  3. DanielK

    DanielK Thread Starter

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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
     
  4. Rollin' Rog

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

    ref:

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

    see under 'S' > Search
     
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