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. File search utility that provides instant search by file name, and powerful search by file contents, size and date. Supports search inside PDF, Microsoft Office and other documents. Highlights found text in file names and contents. Clean and intuitive multi-tabbed user interface.

      Discontinued

      The official website is no longer available. Last version, 1.43, released in October 2016, can be still downloaded from Majorgeeks

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    2. Find Any File searches your local disks for files by name, creation or modification date, size, or type and creator code (not by content, though).
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    3. XSearch is a free search tool that with more features that Windows Search didn't provided. It can search files on your computer in high speed.
    4. MasterSeeker is software to search and find files in your pc lightning fast.
    5. SMF is a file and file duplicate search tool that uses hashing (MD5, CRC32 or SHA1) to determine similarity. It has tons of search filter capabilities and a result reporting tool, with which you can sub-filter the result set according to your needs.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • Xfce
      Tracker is a search engine and that allows the user to find their data as fast as possible. Users can search for their files and search for content in their files too.
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    6. Ultra File Search is a portable non-indexing Search Utility which is able to find quickly Files, Folders and Text on your Local, Network, DVD, CD-ROM, USB Hard or Flash Drives.
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    7. X1 offers next generation enterprise search, eDiscovery and desktop search for traditional and virtual environments X1 provides a single, unified interface through which you can quickly find, view and act upon your critical emails, files, SharePoint data, calendar, contacts and...
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    8. A free file finding and text searching tool: * Regular expression text search * High performance search algorithm * Wildcard and regular expression file search * Recursive directory search * Save, name and manage text search patterns * Interactive, incremental...
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    9. FileSearchEX is the no nonsense file search utility for Windows 7 and higher. It offers the simplified search interface like Windows XP yet in an updated and modern fashion. Unlike other search tools, FileSearchEX works well with limited account permissions.
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