File Search Not Working, Please Help!

By badadjective
Mar 21, 2005
  1. I have XP SP2. I have indexing service disabled. Sometimes I do want to find files through Start Menu>Search>Files & Folders.

    For some reason it simply won't find files that I know, 100%, are on my hard drive. Example, I will search for msconfig.exe which I know is there because I can find it in explorer. Other files also, it just refuses to locate. It's annoying because then I have to go and manually find the file, which could take forever. And yes, I have checked my spelling :)

    any thoughts on what could be wrong? I am on a fresh install of XP, less than a week old, with all updates installed. I had the same problem before also.

  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    You have to tell it specifically to look in system folders (that's where msconfig lives!) and hidden files.
  3. badadjective

    badadjective TS Rookie Topic Starter

    aahhhh yes i didn't notice the advanced options, works fine now thank you!
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