Windows 10: Is the Windows search with (and without) indexing really that bad?

Discus and support Is the Windows search with (and without) indexing really that bad? in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; Hello everybody! It is well known that the Windows search has its weaknesses, but I recently came across a view things that are quiet bad: If I... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by mfessler, Jul 21, 2020.

  1. mfessler Win User

    Is the Windows search with (and without) indexing really that bad?

    Hello everybody!

    It is well known that the Windows search has its weaknesses, but I recently came across a view things that are quiet bad:

    If I search in Explorer on the root of a drive, e.g. "C:" or on "This PC", so no contents of indexed folders are found.
    Example: "C:\folder\file.txt", indexed is "C:\folder".
    The content of "file.txt" is not found when searching on "C:" or "This PC".
    This affects e.g. also the indexed user folder and is doubly annoying, because when searching via the search field
    in the task bar and then click on "Search in file explorer" it will automatically search on "This PC".

    A workaround would be to index the entire drive and exclude for example program folders, but here is the next problem:
    In such a case, no file names of the excluded folders are found.
    Example: "C:\folder\file.txt", "C:" is indexed, "C:\folder" is excluded.
    When searching on "C:" or "This PC" the file "file.txt" is not found.

    Furthermore, files from excluded folders are not found when searching in the folders above.
    Example: "C:\folder1\folder2\folder3\file.txt"
    Indexed: "C:\folder1" and "C:\folder1\folder2", excluded: "C:\folder1\folder2\folder3".
    The "file.txt" is not found when searching in "C:\folder1" or in "C:\folder1\folder2".

    In all cases, of course, the search setting "all subfolders" was used.
    Am I doing something wrong or is the Windows search really that bad?

    Thanks and greetings,

    mfessler, Jul 21, 2020
  2. Arul_D Win User

    Windows 10 search not indexing Outlook 2013, no search results


    Thank you for your interest in using Windows 10.

    Let's diagnose the issue by referring to the following suggestion and check if that helps you.

    First of all, I would suggest you to check if the
    Windows Search
    Service is running in Automatic mode under the list of Windows services. You can follow the steps to check and start the
    Windows Search again:

    • Press Windows+R keys to open Run. Type “servces.msc” without quotes and hit
    • From the list of services, locate the Windows Search Support Service
      and Windows Search Service.
    • Right click on the Windows Search Service
      and then click on Properties.
    • Check if the service is running. If not, start the service and change the
      Startup type to Automatic.
    • Follow the same steps to start the Bluetooth service
      and change the startup type to Automatic.
    You can also try the following suggestion.

    Run the Search and Indexing troubleshooter. Follow the steps mentioned below.

    • Press “Windows key + W”.
    • Type “Troubleshooting” without quotes in the Search box and hit enter.
    • Select “View all” option from the left panel.
    • Select “Search and Indexing”.
    • Follow the on-screen instructions to run the troubleshooter.
    Hope this information helps you. Please do let us know if you need further assistance.
    Arul_D, Jul 21, 2020
  3. Jan Del Win User
    Windows 10 indexing / search

    Hi Erik,

    System conflict is one of the possible reasons why the index built will not function properly. We suggest running the Search and Indexing troubleshooter by following these steps to resolve your issue:

    • Open Control Panel.
    • In the search box, type troubleshooting.
    • Click on Troubleshooting.
    • Click on View all.
    • Select Search and Indexing and select the proper scenario that you are experiencing on indexing and click
      Next for the troubleshooting to begin.
    Update us with the outcome so we can provide you further assistance.
    Jan Del, Jul 21, 2020
  4. Arun B J Win User

    Is the Windows search with (and without) indexing really that bad?

    Windows 10 Windows Search / Indexing Stops Completing


    Thank you for posting your query in Microsoft Community.

    I understand your concern and will assist you to resolve this issue.

    I suggest you to follow the steps below and check if it helps

    • Press Windows key + R.
    • Type Services.msc In the search box.
    • Select Windows Search
    • Restart the services and set the service as Automatic
    If the issue persist try performing Rebuilding Index again.

    To rebuild the index follow the steps below:

    • Open the Control Panel from the Start menu.
    • Open Indexing Options in the Control Panel.
    • Select the Advanced button in the Indexing Options window.
    • Select Rebuild in the Troubleshooting section of the Advanced Options window.
    • Select OK when it asks if you’re sure you want to re-build the search index.

    Hope this helps. If the issue remains unresolved, please get back to us and we would be happy to help
    Arun B J, Jul 21, 2020

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