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    Search functions (Win XP Pro SP1)

    I have been having a problem for some time using both the Windows and Word search functions for find certain files in My Docs from a keyword. The process is inordinately slow and the machine comes close to freezing, or even crashes. I have plenty of hard disk left/ 800MHz Athlon/640MB of RAM. I notice that "Allow indexing service to index the hard disk for fast file searching" is checked. Is this producing the sort of problems induced by "fast find" in the past and would it help to uncheck it, or is the problem probably due to something else? Be grateful for any pointers ...

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    Re: Search functions (Win XP Pro SP1)

    #1 How many files are on the disk(s) that you are searching?

    #2 How large is the disk(s) that you are searching?

    #3 How many files are in the folder "My Documnets"?

    # 4 Are you sure that you are limiting the search to just "My Documents"?

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Search functions (Win XP Pro SP1)

    Hi Dave - thanks for taking the trouble to reply:

    #1 Sorry, can't remember where to find this, but mainly normal Win XP + Office XP installation - no additional databases, other major programs, etc. I store all my work files in "My Documents".
    #2 C drive - 25.5GB (formatted), of which about 8GB used, defragmented fairly recently
    #3 3,224
    #4 Only "My Documents" ticked under "Search in"

    One other point: I didn't have the same problem (despite almost as many files) using Word 97 under Win 98.

    Hope this helps ...

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    Re: Search functions (Win XP Pro SP1)

    #1 Have now found number of files on disk I'm searching = 21632 in 1601 folders

    #3 And get a slightly different figure for number of files in "My Documents" = 3397

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