how do you get search to actually find files?

Posted on 2005-04-22
Last Modified: 2010-04-18
Hi all,

This may sound silly, but I can't get the built in search provided with Windows Server 2003 to actually find files containing a string!  The old Win2K Server could search and find files matching a search.

I was looking for a string "include" inside any files, but the search program yields no results no matter how I tweak the search settings.
I know that there were at least 200 files that have that string within the files I thought I was searching for.

Is there any way to copy the search program from the Windows 2000 Server disc and get it to work within Windows 2003 Server? Or better yet, is there a registry tweak that will make the search program actually look inside files for the string?

Question by:simplyamazing
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    Accepted Solution

    Unlike Windows 2000, XP and 2003 only search for strings in file types that have a filter registered. A possible tweak is described here:
    Using the "A word or phrase in the file" search criterion may not work
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    Assisted Solution

    This is a really nice tool for searching in files..

    -- Scott.

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