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Copernic Desktop Search Comments

The pro version also exist

Comment by jdopen
about Copernic Desktop Search Aug 2011

If you have a big size archive the paying Pro version is better imho ! ;) (Alas does not seems to work well on win7-64bits). But It works ok on XP. ;)
The big missing feature imho : is an option to remove similar documents from keyword searches. Otherwise this is a great software. ;)


Stay with version 2.3 (build 18), remove upgrade reminder

Comment by StephanF
about Copernic Desktop Search Jul 2011

Stay with the latest version 2 (build 18) from 2008!
Remove the nagging screen by the following method (taken from somewhere else :):
In XP just change your system date to 2030, exit / restart CDS, then go to the registry (Start / Run / regedit)
Local Machine / Software / Copernic / DesktopSearch2 / System and change the registry key UpdateAvailable from 1 to 0. Then change the clock back to the correct date and you are done


Limited features include: My Searches disabled

Negative Comment by mistaecko
about Copernic Desktop Search Jun 2011

Limited features include: My Searches (save search queries) disabled, preview window cannot be placed on the right side, (to be continued)


First of all: this WAS an awesome FREE indexer

Negative Comment by mandin82
about Copernic Desktop Search Jun 2011

Ok, first of all, I have to admit this WAS an awesome FREE indexer for Windows, up until ver 2.3 Build 30, cause after that everything good in this program was just stripped from the free version. I've kept the 2.3 version installed, but annoying popups calling for an update appear something like once a day. Not that big a deal.

I've used it for something like 2 years at work now. It's awesome that it even indexes network drives, as well as Outlook's PSTs and pretty much everything you'd like a good indexer to index (it opens and indexes the inside of Office docs also, which is AWESOME).

The last couple of weeks, however, it's been behaving strangely (it hasn't been indexing correctly) which I believe is due to a recent patch my company implemented on every Windows machine (don't ask me what it is, 'cause they won't tell me). I don't think it's the software's fault it's malfunctioning; I've come to believe that since it's quite an antique version, this new patch they implemented just f*cked up something...I don't know what...but I just don't want to update Copernic because believe me, the latest versions SUCK.

I'm going to try something else now, but before doing so I just wanted to leave a comment here for all you guys who want to try this software and recommend you to google for version 2.3, because I've known lots of people who install the latest version and come back to me saying "that software SUCKS!!!". Trust me on this one: ver 2.3 RULES!!!