The other day, Austin showed you how to disable the Search Indexing feature in Windows 7 and 8. If you have an SSD, disabling it will improve the life of the drive, because it’s not constantly indexing data in the background. Even if you have a standard hard drive, disabling it can improve the overall performance of your PC.
As a replacement for the search feature in Windows, try out Everything from Voidtools. It’s a simple, free utility that’s very powerful. It provides better search results than the built in Windows search. It’s also faster at returning results. A lot faster – virtually instant.
The first time you search with Everything, it takes a few moments to index your drive, but after that all subsequent searches are blazingly fast. The results come up in real time as your typing. It shows the files of what you’re looking for, its path, size and date modified. You can then open, copy or delete files from the UI.
Everything is one of the tools I use to completely uninstall software and remove viruses and other malware infections on PCs I repair.
It includes some additional options so you can tweak it to better suit your needs, like the NTFS volumes it searches and volumes to exclude if you don’t need them searched. One caveat is it only searches your local hard drive(s).
There are instructions on setting up and ETP server to search network locations, but I haven’t had luck getting it to work yet.
It also integrates with the Context menu. Right click a directory you know has thousands of files, and select Search Everything. It automatically adds the path and you just need to enter in the keyword you’re looking for.
I can’t say enough about Voidtool’s Everything. It’s a must have utility for any Windows user.
And, it’s available on Ninite so you can be sure to include it on any fresh Windows installation you do. There’s a portable version too, make sure it’s part of your computer repair thumb drive.