File search/delete in Vista is hopeless

Posted: 12-28-2008, 08:55 PM
1. I try searching for files in a directory structure with .de. in the
filename by entering .de. in the search field in Windows Explorer. I not
only get files with .de. in the filename but also files whose names don't
match the search string, such as mozart-hrn3-defs.ily or decimal.py. If I
use quotes (".de.") as the search string then it correctly finds only .de.
files. Why should the quotes be needed? They aren't needed in WinXP Explorer
to get the same search to work correctly.

2. Having found the files (about 1300 of them), I select them all and hit
the Delete key. I get a dialog saying "Preparing to Recycle" and with zero
items found, and the count never goes above zero and no files get deleted. I
cancelled the dialog after about 15 minutes. I also tried Shift+Delete and
get much the same dialog saying "Preparing to Delete" and the same total
lack of deletion happening. On WinXP the same deletion takes about five
seconds to complete.

I had to use a 3rd party product to delete the files.

Nick

File search/delete in Vista is hopeless


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Nick Payne
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File search/delete in Vista is hopeless
Posted: 12-28-2008, 08:55 PM
1. I try searching for files in a directory structure with .de. in the
filename by entering .de. in the search field in Windows Explorer. I not
only get files with .de. in the filename but also files whose names don't
match the search string, such as mozart-hrn3-defs.ily or decimal.py. If I
use quotes (".de.") as the search string then it correctly finds only .de.
files. Why should the quotes be needed? They aren't needed in WinXP Explorer
to get the same search to work correctly.

2. Having found the files (about 1300 of them), I select them all and hit
the Delete key. I get a dialog saying "Preparing to Recycle" and with zero
items found, and the count never goes above zero and no files get deleted. I
cancelled the dialog after about 15 minutes. I also tried Shift+Delete and
get much the same dialog saying "Preparing to Delete" and the same total
lack of deletion happening. On WinXP the same deletion takes about five
seconds to complete.

I had to use a 3rd party product to delete the files.

Nick

Kerry Brown
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Re: File search/delete in Vista is hopeless
Posted: 12-28-2008, 11:40 PM
Press the Winkey+F to open the Search folder. Expand "Advanced Search".
Check "Include non-indexed .......". In the name field type "*.de.*" without
the quotes. Click on the Search button. You could also just type
"name:*.de.*" without the quotes in the Start search box but by default this
only searches indexed locations.

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Kerry Brown
MS-MVP - Windows Desktop Experience: Systems Administration
http://www.vistahelp.ca/phpBB2/
http://vistahelpca.blogspot.com/



"Nick Payne" <someone@nowhere.au> wrote in message
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> 1. I try searching for files in a directory structure with .de. in the
> filename by entering .de. in the search field in Windows Explorer. I not
> only get files with .de. in the filename but also files whose names don't
> match the search string, such as mozart-hrn3-defs.ily or decimal.py. If I
> use quotes (".de.") as the search string then it correctly finds only .de.
> files. Why should the quotes be needed? They aren't needed in WinXP
> Explorer to get the same search to work correctly.
>
> 2. Having found the files (about 1300 of them), I select them all and hit
> the Delete key. I get a dialog saying "Preparing to Recycle" and with zero
> items found, and the count never goes above zero and no files get deleted.
> I cancelled the dialog after about 15 minutes. I also tried Shift+Delete
> and get much the same dialog saying "Preparing to Delete" and the same
> total lack of deletion happening. On WinXP the same deletion takes about
> five seconds to complete.
>
> I had to use a 3rd party product to delete the files.
>
> Nick
Kerry Brown
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Re: File search/delete in Vista is hopeless
Posted: 12-28-2008, 11:40 PM
Press the Winkey+F to open the Search folder. Expand "Advanced Search".
Check "Include non-indexed .......". In the name field type "*.de.*" without
the quotes. Click on the Search button. You could also just type
"name:*.de.*" without the quotes in the Start search box but by default this
only searches indexed locations.

--
Kerry Brown
MS-MVP - Windows Desktop Experience: Systems Administration
http://www.vistahelp.ca/phpBB2/
http://vistahelpca.blogspot.com/



"Nick Payne" <someone@nowhere.au> wrote in message
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> 1. I try searching for files in a directory structure with .de. in the
> filename by entering .de. in the search field in Windows Explorer. I not
> only get files with .de. in the filename but also files whose names don't
> match the search string, such as mozart-hrn3-defs.ily or decimal.py. If I
> use quotes (".de.") as the search string then it correctly finds only .de.
> files. Why should the quotes be needed? They aren't needed in WinXP
> Explorer to get the same search to work correctly.
>
> 2. Having found the files (about 1300 of them), I select them all and hit
> the Delete key. I get a dialog saying "Preparing to Recycle" and with zero
> items found, and the count never goes above zero and no files get deleted.
> I cancelled the dialog after about 15 minutes. I also tried Shift+Delete
> and get much the same dialog saying "Preparing to Delete" and the same
> total lack of deletion happening. On WinXP the same deletion takes about
> five seconds to complete.
>
> I had to use a 3rd party product to delete the files.
>
> Nick
Retroman
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Re: File search/delete in Vista is hopeless
Posted: 12-28-2008, 11:41 PM
On Mon, 29 Dec 2008 07:55:56 +1100, "Nick Payne" <someone@nowhere.au>
wrote:
>1. I try searching for files in a directory structure with .de. in the
>filename by entering .de. in the search field in Windows Explorer. I not
>only get files with .de. in the filename but also files whose names don't
>match the search string, such as mozart-hrn3-defs.ily or decimal.py. If I
>use quotes (".de.") as the search string then it correctly finds only .de.
>files. Why should the quotes be needed? They aren't needed in WinXP Explorer
>to get the same search to work correctly.
Nick,

Windows Desktop Search was completely rewritten from earlier versions and
the search syntax is quite different. Normal searching is now word-based
rather than character-based, and ignores punctuation. Hence the need for
the quotes.
>2. Having found the files (about 1300 of them), I select them all and hit
>the Delete key. I get a dialog saying "Preparing to Recycle" and with zero
>items found, and the count never goes above zero and no files get deleted. I
>cancelled the dialog after about 15 minutes. I also tried Shift+Delete and
>get much the same dialog saying "Preparing to Delete" and the same total
>lack of deletion happening. On WinXP the same deletion takes about five
>seconds to complete.
I have not encountered or heard of this problem so I can't comment. You
might want to post it in the MS WDS forum:

http://forums.microsoft.com/msdn/Sho...D=847&SiteID=1

Doug M. in NJ
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Re: File search/delete in Vista is hopeless
Posted: 12-28-2008, 11:41 PM
On Mon, 29 Dec 2008 07:55:56 +1100, "Nick Payne" <someone@nowhere.au>
wrote:
>1. I try searching for files in a directory structure with .de. in the
>filename by entering .de. in the search field in Windows Explorer. I not
>only get files with .de. in the filename but also files whose names don't
>match the search string, such as mozart-hrn3-defs.ily or decimal.py. If I
>use quotes (".de.") as the search string then it correctly finds only .de.
>files. Why should the quotes be needed? They aren't needed in WinXP Explorer
>to get the same search to work correctly.
Nick,

Windows Desktop Search was completely rewritten from earlier versions and
the search syntax is quite different. Normal searching is now word-based
rather than character-based, and ignores punctuation. Hence the need for
the quotes.
>2. Having found the files (about 1300 of them), I select them all and hit
>the Delete key. I get a dialog saying "Preparing to Recycle" and with zero
>items found, and the count never goes above zero and no files get deleted. I
>cancelled the dialog after about 15 minutes. I also tried Shift+Delete and
>get much the same dialog saying "Preparing to Delete" and the same total
>lack of deletion happening. On WinXP the same deletion takes about five
>seconds to complete.
I have not encountered or heard of this problem so I can't comment. You
might want to post it in the MS WDS forum:

http://forums.microsoft.com/msdn/Sho...D=847&SiteID=1

Doug M. in NJ
 
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