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Simplified Windows 7 File Search - XP Style Results

Many of us are still a bit confused with the Windows 7 File Search and the somewhat overwhelming and often confusing 'Help Files". I hope this makes life easier.
There's a lot of things you can do with Windows 7 Search, but in reality, all that most of us want is to do a simple search for "?' files without this confusion. Something akin to XP. Well, here it is, simplified in a simple way by a simple person, me :- P

Using your mouse: -
1. Left click on the "Start" icon,
2. Type in your search in the search box, eg, empire, eny*, joy*.inf, *.PDF etc. Much the same as you would with XP.
3. Click on the magnifying glass "See more results", then either
4.a Left click on "Computer" to search entire system, or
4.b "Custom" to search specific folders in a similar way to XP.
DONE :-)

If you want to further narrow down your search parameters, click on the top right where your search phrase is for more options.

If Search does not work, check to see if the service is enabled: -
1. Right click on "Computer" (either on Desktop or within Start Icon)
2. Left click on "Manage"
3. Left click on the "Services and Applications" pointer.
4. Left click on "Services"
5. In the right panel, scroll down till you see "Windows Search" and: -
6.a Right click on "Windows Search" (or double click to skip next * step)
6.b *Left Click on "Properties", then: -
7. Change the Startup Type to "Manual" then click on "Apply" then "OK".
8. It's not necessary, but restart Windows anyway.

Some System/Hidden files won't be shown unless previously enabled using a separate process.

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