Can Windows Vista (64-bit) index network shares?

I'm running the 64-bt version of Vista, all latest updates applied. Windows Vista will not allow me to index my mapped network drives.

In "Indexing options" I goto "indexed locations". My hard disk drives are there available to be selected for indexing, but my network-attached-storage share isn't.

I've Googled a bit and some people have had success applying this update:

but this only seems to work for people running the 32-bit version of Vista.

Anybody have a workaround? Maybe I'll have to install Google Desktop Search to get tihs functionality.


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Forrest BurrisCommented:
Don't see why this wouldn't work with 64bit. There isn't any restrictions on instant search as far as I saw. Did you even try the instant search link you posted?
ezekiel2517Author Commented:
In case I wasn't  clear, yes I installed the update "Windows Desktop Search: Add-in for Files on Microsoft Networks" in the link I posted, but I still cannot add my network shares to the "indexed location". Googling indicates that update only works for people running 32-bit vista.
Forrest BurrisCommented:
Ah, well then I don't have any idea beyond the update. Someone else please chime in and share your suggestions. My apologies for not being able to address the situation accurately.
ezekiel2517Author Commented:
Thank you for following up. No problem at all, I should have worded the original post more clearly.

I finally gave up on Vista and reverted to WinXP (and actually gave up on WDS entirely and went with Google Desktop Search instead). But I while I was still on Vista I think I discovered a workaround that may be of use to those experiencing a similar issue with getting Vista to index network shares:

I tried adding the entire network drive as an "Offline File". Offline files are automatically included in the Index by default, after which some of my network shares began showing as results when I searched the Index.

I didn't test it long enough to determine if
1. All 100,000+ files on my network share would ever be indexed nor
2. Having > 1 terrabyte designated as an "offline file" -- dwarfing my 200GB local hdd  -- would cause problems down the road.


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