Windows XP SP3 "Search for Files and Folders" does not include SystemRoot?
Posted on 2009-05-17
I have a file C:\WINDOWS\system32\sc.exe on multiple PC's within the same domain.
Strange behaviour of Windows (file) Explorer's "Search for Files and Folders":
a) Expected behaviour (on multiple PCs):
When I right-click the folder C:\Windows\system32, select "Search...", enter "sc.exe" (without the ") in the "Search for files and folders named:" field, verify that "Look in:" is "system32", and click "Search Now", this easily finds "sc.exe" (in addition to a couple of other files with name *sc.exe).
If I perform the exact same search but on C:\Windows (instead of C:\Windows\system32), this also finds the "sc.exe" (located in C:\Windows\sytsem32) in addition to a number of other files with name *sc.exe.
So far so good!
b) Unexpected behaviour (on multiple PCs):
When I perform the exact same search as above, but on C:\, this does not find the files under C:\Windows
Of course there may be a good explanation of this, I just can't figure it out.
I have IE 8 (8.0.6001.18702) installed, but I can not say this has anything to do with the behaviour (nor if the problem exist on computers without IE8).
I have ensured that the Windows (file) explorer is configured to "Display the contents of system folders", "Show hidden files and folders", and not "Hide protected operating system files", nor "Remember each folder's view settings", and I have applied this to all folders.
Some of the machine variables are:
Indexing is disabled (so searching should be complete, but maybe slower).
User is member of local "Administrators" group.
The behaviour is seen on multiple PCs - if not all(?) - within the domain. I can not for sure state this is the same on all PCs, but at least the ones I have access to.
Could it be a group policy restriction, and if so which?
Do you know what cause the above behaviour(s) and eventually what to do to alwayss have the search include SystemRoot?