Vista search results, returning long deleted items

By Boins ยท 7 replies
Oct 15, 2008
  1. Hi all,
    don't really know what's going on here but a while ago I deleted a bunch of stuff from my computer, but have noticed recently that the Vista start menu search function will keep returning these files in it's results.

    for example, a a bunch of holiday results i moved to an external harddrive to put on another computer, are now visible in the results folder that appears, and in duplicate.

    when i try to delete these files, Vista tells me that they're not there....(surprising that.) and won't remove them

    all subsequent searches keep returning the files, and nothing seems to work.

    thanks to anyone who takes the time to read this, and thanks for any help.
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

  3. Boins

    Boins TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 24

    Thanks for the quick reply!

    I ran CCleaner and it got rid off 330mb+ of crap so thanks for pointing me in its direction :D

    re: the issue at hand

    the search is still returning the same results, but now they have no thumbnail associated with them

    tried a system restart to see if it cancelled any operations that may have been attached to these files but nothing,

    i guess it's a step in the right direction tho, but still kind of irritating.


    thanks again, and if you've any furthre info it'd be greatly appreciated :D
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    This one is a bit more brutal for cleaning Cache:

    Once downloaded and run.
    Go through each tab, to select (all if you like, on each tab)

    The only one of concern is the boxes that say Sent items in Email etc (But if you want to be clean, run everything, it's really thorough)

    Then do a search ! ;)
  5. Boins

    Boins TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 24


    ran the 2nd program but the same problem's still there.

    it doesn't really matter, i'll kep searching tho.

    thanks for your help
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    I did a search online and found two options:

    Start->Run-> %userprofile%\Searches\Recent Documents


    Locate: C:\Users\(Your Name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent
    Remove (Delete) anything in there

    You may get to this folder quickly by start->search-> shell:recent

    You will then need to either logoff then log back on, or just restart


    Turn Off Recent files:

    The only way to stop the files from being displayed would be to turn of your file indexing.

    1. click windows start menu icon.
    2. In search box type index.
    3. click on indexing options.

    this opens the indexing options window

    4. Click on modify.

    this opens the indexed locations window

    5. un-collapse menu for you hard drive.
    6. un-collapse menu for users.
    7. un-check your user name.
    8. click ok.

    the indexing locations window will close
    and bring you back to the indexing options window

    9. click advanced.

    this opens the advanced options window

    10. click rebuild.
    11. click ok.
    12. click close.

    your user name should be listed under the exclude column.

    when you complete the process the index will rebuild for the other users and all of your files will be excluded.

    this can be easily confirmed by opening a picture, rotating it, and closing it. If done correctly your picture will not show up in the recently changed search folder.


    I hope this helps (unsure) but the info was good anyway :)
  7. Boins

    Boins TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 24

    Thanks, the last solution got rid of the problem

    of course now Windows won't find anything at all other than programs, but it's a small price to pay

    thanks again

    (note: I haven't tried turning indexing back on yet, see if the problems gone.....but truth be told I can't be bothered :D)
  8. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Thanks for the update :grinthumb
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