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Running windows Media Center on a Dell T3400 (Windows 7 pro).  

I changed the name of some mp3 files (audio files) from names like Track1.mp3 to more descriptive names.  When I use the search facility, Media Center cannot find the files.  I assume I have to force a re-index?

How do I solve this problem?
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If the files are in your User folder (very likely), then go to Control Panel, Indexing Options, check that Users is in the file selection, go to Advanced Tab and click on Rebuild to rebuild the index.   ... Thinkpads_User
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The files exist on an external usb drive.  What must be done to reindex them?
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Go to Control Panel, Indexing Options, and in the first tab, select Modify. The USB drive should show up in the top screeen and you can select from that.

I have never indexed a removable drive but it should work.

I have shown the location of all this in the screen shot below.

Windows7-IndexOptions5
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@ donpick - Any update?
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Hello:

I appreciate your help.  Before I index I'd really like to know more about the indexing process.  I'd really hate to index and then discover I can't find files.

I have lots of files in Media Center:  mpg, mp3, vob, etc.  

q1.) Where could I learn more about what Media Center looks for  when indexing?  For example, I understand mp3 files have tags.  

q2.) How important are mp3 tags to the indexing process?

q3.) What other file types have tags?  

q4.) How does one edit the tag information?
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1. Media Center probably does not look for files as much as Windows does. It is Windows that uses the index.

2. According to Control Panel, Indexing Options, Advanced button, File Types says that MP3 files are indexed using the File Properties filter.

In my system (not many MP3 files), I index properties only, but you can set MP3 for Index Properties and File Contents. I do not know what later will do but the former find the file based on the stuff in the Details tab of the File Properties (right click on the file and select Properties, then Details. That is propably adequate for MP3 files and I do not suggest changing to contents.

3. You need to look at the properties of other files you are interested in.

4. You can try clicking on the tab and editing it. That may or may not work. Office File Properties are changed in the file tabs.

If you choose to index and then do not want MP3 files indexed, merely uncheck MP3 in the Indexing options, File Types.

I think I would be more concerned about how the index reacts if your removable drive is removed.

Nonetheless, please let us know. I think I have answered your question "How to re-index the files".  I also know that indexing in Windows 7 on the local drive works really well.

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Thank you for your detailed answer.  

In what folder are the files located which Media Center reads as its index?
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Media does not do the searching. Windows does that. The files are not needed in any way except by Windows.

You can find the files at:

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Search\Data\Applications\Windows

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Thank you for your help
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@donpick - You are most welcome and I was happy to help.

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