How to Improve / Replacement for Windows 7 Search
Posted on 2011-09-30
Good Afternoon -
The company I work for has almost 2000 workstations in 4 different, global locations. A few months ago, we started deploying Windows 7 instead of XP for new hardware deployments, during repairs, or departments at a time.
Overall, it was a great improvement. There is only one huge issue we are having with Windows 7 - the Search function. The departments which use this function the most are also usually searching for files on mapped drives - not local ones even though it causes issues too. We can search for many specific files which will appear with Windows XP - but not appear with Windows 7. There's nothing crazy about the files, either.
So - given the above, what may I possibly do to "fix" or improve the Windows 7 native search function? Below are the specs of what we are using as well as a list of what I've tried so far to remedy the situation. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated - Thanks!
Workstations: Windows 7 SP1 x32 Enterprise
Servers: (Ones that hold the file shares in which the Win7 machines are mapped to): Windows 2003, 2008, & 2008 R2
What I've Tried So Far:
- Searching Google & trying a few registry changes
- Ensuring that the sources were indexed (if possible which isn't on mapped drives)
- Tried 3rd party software like Google Desktop
Please Help! Thanks! - Ben