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Sudden problems searching for files in a computer with Windows XP Professional

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by gbin, Aug 18, 2009.

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  1. gbin

    gbin Thread Starter

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    I've long made good use of the ability to search for files in my computer running Windows XP Professional by providing the Search Companion with "All or part of the file" or "A word or phrase in the file," but the Search Companion has suddenly begun behaving strangely. Sometimes when I run a search now it claims it found no files at all matching my criteria even though I know such files exist, and other times it lists some or all of the files it found multiple times (yes, with multiple listings of a single file within a single folder). And when it says it found results now, too, some of the files it lists appear in blue rather than the customary black.

    Why is it doing this (i.e. what did I unwittingly do to screw things up ;) ), and more importantly how do I make things right again? If it matters, I actually work on a few different computers, all of which are equipped with Windows XP Professional but only some of which I regularly update; the one I've noticed all the problems in is a laptop not readily connected to the internet that accordingly doesn't get updated regularly, and that only interacts with the other computers by way of files I swap around via a flash drive).

    Many thanks in advance for any thoughtful, complete replies I receive!
     
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    Could it really be that no one can here can help me with this?...
     
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