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Ken R.

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The Windows XP PRO search feature ("Search for all files and folders") is as slow as molassas in winter.

I have a large folder with lots of huge game files. Whenever I do a search for a document or whatever, it spends lots and lots of time searching this game folder, but since I don't store anything there, it's a complete waste of time. I'd like to be able to tell Windows to skip searching this folder, but there doesn't seem to be a way to do this. Is there?

Thanks in advance.
 
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Ken R. said:
The Windows XP PRO search feature ("Search for all files and folders") is as slow as molassas in winter.

I have a large folder with lots of huge game files. Whenever I do a search for a document or whatever, it spends lots and lots of time searching this game folder, but since I don't store anything there, it's a complete waste of time. I'd like to be able to tell Windows to skip searching this folder, but there doesn't seem to be a way to do this. Is there?

Thanks in advance.
Don't know of any way to ignore folders during a search. Sounds like a desireable feature though.

Move the game folder out of the way for the duration of the search replacing it after the search or start your searches in a path that does not include the game folder.

On the other hand you can use the indexing services to speed up searching, but it is usually recommended to disable the indexing services as the constant indexing has an impact on performance.

Index your drive with Google indexing capability to speed up searching - if that serves your need.

Checkout Yanhoo drive indexing service while your at it for another alternative.

-- Tom
 
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Look to the left when you have Search open; there you will see options such as the ability to search for:

- Pictures, music or video
- Documents + spreadsheets

If you’re looking for a document, choose Documents.

If you choose all files, you can isolate certain drives or folders. The trick is to keep all your downloaded, created or saved data to one specific folder and then create folders off of that folder. Example

C:\Download
+Download\Pictures
+Download\drivers
+Download\Music
etc, etc.

‘or you could simply use your My Documents folder and create a folder structure within that. Some of the aforementioned folders are already created by default in the My Doc's folder.
 
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