Windows 7 and Vista offer best file search

Saturday, November 7, 2009

HAMBURG - Ever wonder where you stored a certain file on your computer? If you have the new Windows 7 or even Windows Vista on your computer, you won’t need any extra software to answer that question. The functionality already built into Windows 7 and Vista beats the performance offered by four free search programmes, the experts at Germany’s Computer Bild magazine found.

Both Windows 7 and Vista scored above the best add-on programme. Windows 7 rated 2.84 on a scale of 1 to 5, with lower scores better than higher ones, and Vista rated 2.97. The best add-on programme was rated 3.03.

The search function on XP managed a 3.42 on average and as such was deemed more accomplished and convenient than the other three test candidates. Two earned grades of 4.08 and 4.30 (”acceptable”) while the third was stamped “inadequate” (4.75) by the tests.

Windows 7’s superior file search capabilities are based on its exceptional quickness in creating an index, which is the key preparatory step. Working with a test hard drive containing 22,000 files, the database required only twelve minutes to catalogue the files. The slowest test candidate - one of the free programs - required almost 45 minutes.

Once that index had been created, all of the solutions were fast: no file search lasted longer than one second. One of the four extra programmes received a demerit, though: prior to the start of a search an advertisement was shown in the results window. A click on the link led to a website that the browser classified as “unsafe.”

Filed under: Browser, Technology, Vista, Windows, World

December 28, 2009: 9:13 pm

This review is surely written by Tech Trekkies. The average user would never be able to easily configure any Win7 search. Microsoft have taken a once great search to its’ most un-understandable process that confuses, frustrates and becomes an unnecessary and utterly STUPID way of finding almost nothing.

By the time I configured a search parameter, Windows XP would have shown the results several times over. Why the heck we need to configure a search in this most pedantic way in the first place is surely only known by Microsoft and its’ followers, such as the people who wrote this absolute gibberish.

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