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Why is Windows Search so slow???

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Toni, Feb 25, 2010.

  1. Toni

    Toni Flightless Bird

    Before I installed Windows Search on my Win XP Pro SP3 laptop (2GHz, 2G RAM, completely
    virus & malware free)., I used the original Windows search (search companion).

    When I clicked on Search companion, the search dialog immediately came up, and when I
    searched for a file on my HD the search was fast.

    Now, when I click on the link for Windows Search, there is a 4-second delay before the
    dialog comes up. Next, after I enter my search term and start the search, there is a
    noticeable delay before it even starts.

    But if I click on the link for Windows Search Companion, the dialog comes up immediately
    and the search seems a lot faster.

    What gives? Why is Windows Search slower? I thought it was supposed to be faster?

    Can I put in a button on the file explorer toolbar for the original Windows Search
    Companion?
     
  2. Terry R.

    Terry R. Flightless Bird

    On 2/25/2010 8:27 AM On a whim, Toni pounded out on the keyboard

    > Before I installed Windows Search on my Win XP Pro SP3 laptop (2GHz, 2G RAM, completely
    > virus& malware free)., I used the original Windows search (search companion).
    >
    > When I clicked on Search companion, the search dialog immediately came up, and when I
    > searched for a file on my HD the search was fast.
    >
    > Now, when I click on the link for Windows Search, there is a 4-second delay before the
    > dialog comes up. Next, after I enter my search term and start the search, there is a
    > noticeable delay before it even starts.
    >
    > But if I click on the link for Windows Search Companion, the dialog comes up immediately
    > and the search seems a lot faster.
    >
    > What gives? Why is Windows Search slower? I thought it was supposed to be faster?
    >
    > Can I put in a button on the file explorer toolbar for the original Windows Search
    > Companion?
    >
    >
    >


    Hi Toni,

    Windows Search (the installed one) is a pig. Uninstall it and disregard
    the message about what was installed after it. Then you will have the
    search component for XP. It's limited, but fine for most users.


    Terry R.
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  3. Toni

    Toni Flightless Bird

    Thanks, Terry!
     
  4. Charlie+

    Charlie+ Flightless Bird

    On Thu, 25 Feb 2010 09:24:27 -0800, "Terry R." <F1Com@NOSPAMpobox.com> wrote
    :
    >
    >Hi Toni,
    >
    >Windows Search (the installed one) is a pig. Uninstall it and disregard
    >the message about what was installed after it. Then you will have the
    >search component for XP. It's limited, but fine for most users.
    >

    Isnt Windows Explorer the only built-in search in xp? Or have I missed
    something all these years!? I have a permanant problem with WExplorer, it
    crashes after a few minutes of searching ( a Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime
    Error), never been able to get it sorted out and just live with it. A
    nuisance tho... the OP is right it is quite slow in comparison to earlier
    versions but I supposed this is a function of the large disks we all use
    these days...
    C+
     
  5. Jim

    Jim Flightless Bird

    On Mon, 01 Mar 2010 07:58:11 +0000, Charlie+ <charlie@xxx.net> wrote:

    >On Thu, 25 Feb 2010 09:24:27 -0800, "Terry R." <F1Com@NOSPAMpobox.com> wrote
    >:
    >>
    >>Hi Toni,
    >>
    >>Windows Search (the installed one) is a pig. Uninstall it and disregard
    >>the message about what was installed after it. Then you will have the
    >>search component for XP. It's limited, but fine for most users.
    >>

    >Isnt Windows Explorer the only built-in search in xp? Or have I missed
    >something all these years!? I have a permanant problem with WExplorer, it
    >crashes after a few minutes of searching ( a Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime
    >Error), never been able to get it sorted out and just live with it. A
    >nuisance tho... the OP is right it is quite slow in comparison to earlier
    >versions but I supposed this is a function of the large disks we all use
    >these days...
    >C+


    Try using AgentRansack ( free )
     
  6. Charlie+

    Charlie+ Flightless Bird

    On Mon, 01 Mar 2010 14:01:31 +0000, Jim <bojimbo261@googlemail.com> wrote
    as:
    >
    >Try using AgentRansack ( free )

    Thanks Jim for the pointer - Ill give it a try!
    Charlie+
     
  7. Toni

    Toni Flightless Bird

    "Charlie+" <charlie@xxx.net> wrote in message
    news:2grmo51l3tvf8mj9gpmafoo4l37pdtvn4j@4ax.com...
    > On Thu, 25 Feb 2010 09:24:27 -0800, "Terry R." <F1Com@NOSPAMpobox.com> wrote
    > :
    >>
    >>Hi Toni,
    >>
    >>Windows Search (the installed one) is a pig. Uninstall it and disregard
    >>the message about what was installed after it. Then you will have the
    >>search component for XP. It's limited, but fine for most users.
    >>

    > Isnt Windows Explorer the only built-in search in xp? Or have I missed
    > something all these years!?


    No. "Windows Explorer" is not search, it's a file browser.

    Windows comes out of the box with a built-in search called "Search Companion".

    However, you can choose to install "Windows Search" either as a separate download OR
    through the optional components in Windows Update. If you did not specifically choose to
    install it, then you don't have it.

    Charlie, your problem sounds like you have either a missing or corrupted Windows system
    file.
     
  8. Toni

    Toni Flightless Bird

    "Terry R." wrote...
    > Hi Toni,
    >
    > Windows Search (the installed one) is a pig. Uninstall it and disregard the message
    > about what was installed after it. Then you will have the search component for XP.
    > It's limited, but fine for most users.
    >
    >
    > Terry R.


    I uninstalled Windows Search. You're right, it was a pig.
     

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