Windows Search Alternatives

    Windows Search is described as ', formerly known as Windows Desktop Search (WDS) on Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, is an indexed desktop search platform created by Microsoft for Microsoft Windows' and is an app in the OS & Utilities category. There are more than 50 alternatives to Windows Search for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, BSD and Self-Hosted solutions. The best alternative is Everything, which is free. Other great apps like Windows Search are DocFetcher (Free, Open Source), Recoll (Free, Open Source), Agent Ransack (Freemium) and RecentX (Paid).

    This page was last updated Apr 14, 2020

    1. SearchMyFiles is a non-indexing portable alternative to the standard "Search For Files And Folders" module of Windows.
    2. Instantly find files, e-mails, and attachments stored anywhere on your PC with the free Copernic Desktop Search Home.
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    3. SwiftSearch is a lightweight program whose purpose is to help you quickly find the files you need on your Windows machine without ever requiring you to index your drives.
    4. Quickly search through large numbers of files on your PC or network using powerful text patterns to find exactly the information you want. Search and replace with plain text or regular expressions to maintain web sites, source code, reports, ...
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    5. Instant file search, showing results as you type.
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    6. This tool enables users to search their NTFS formatted harddrives within seconds. It uses the MFT (master file table) of NTFS to search for files very fast.
    7. FileSeek is an easy-to-use file search app that includes advanced functionality for power users! Search through files using simple queries or regular expressions. You can even sync your search settings between computers.
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    8. A fast and next-generation desktop search and productivity tool for standard and virtual desktops, for private and enterprise search requirements. Finds documents, outlook archives and e-mails, contacts, appointments, folders, etc.
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    9. Full-text morphological search among documents and e-books of dozens of file types, including text in archives and disk images; on the your desktop, LAN, clouds (WebDAV) and removable drives.
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    10. Index Your Files allows you to search through all your files or folders on local or networked drives without remote admin rights (as necessary for the similar app "Everything"). Searching can be done by name, date, size, location etc.

      Discontinued

      The program is no longer updated since 2012. Last version, 5.0.2.6, released in December 2010, can be still downloaded from the official website.

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