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. Gaviri SearchOS - Search Desktop, E-Mails, Network and Mobile Devices. The free version is not portable and cannot search in network folders. The universal search engine for all your desktop, mobile and network needs.
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      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
      Colibri combines the raw power of the command line with the intuitive nature of a modern graphical user interface to define a revolutionary new way of managing your computer.

      Discontinued

      Latest version (17a) was released on 04.25.2007



    2. LAN Search Pro is a free and portable utility for fast file searching across your LAN. You can search for specific file names or for specific file types (e.g. all MP3 files).
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    3. Search INSIDE documents/files on your device like no other files manager/finder do. Featuring sub second, full text, Desktop Search in files content, and over apps names and description.
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      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Windows
      Find Instantly Search without delay. Amazing Accuracy Sophisticated ranking shows what you want near the top. Find New Files Automatically Scout Bot finds newly downloaded files automatically. You don't even have to enter a search!

      Discontinued

      The program is no longer updated and the official download link doesn't work anymore. Last version, 1.5, released in May 2003, can be still downloaded from Download.com

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    4. Find files fast across folders, drives, disks and machines and emails in MS Outlook, find duplicates. Attach labels, bookmarks and comments, automatic backup, synchronize, messaging. Tag Web pages while downloading. Share labels with others.
    5. Pipy is a free Windows utility designed to gradually improve one’s productivity during typical desktop tasks. It does so by combining a launcher and a desktop search tool within a single application.

      Discontinued

      The application seems to be no longer being developed. The latest version 1.1.0 was released on November 16, 2012. See: http://pipyapp.com/download/

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    6. "Instant Document Search" is a powerful search solution (like Internet search engines) for your local documents. Instantly find documents by keywords or phrases ... results in context-preview with keywords/phrases hi-lighted.
    7. A fast, lightweight, customizable search alternative for Windows 7 that also allows for deletion and renaming. Easily locate files on mapped network drives using Conjure, expedite your searches by including folders you need and excluding ones you never use.
    8. Exalead Desktop Search Instantly locates any document stored on local resources like internal and external hard drives, network drives and USB keys .
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