Why Search in Vista is a Farce

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I used to use the search facility built into Windows XP a fair bit. I’d often want to hunt for some obscure file that I’d cunningly stored in some equally obscure place. It was slow, but it worked. Since switching to Vista, I’ve pretty much given up using search as it no longer takes a long time, but it rarely finds anything as a result.

Sometimes I forget how hopeless Vista’s search facility is, and I try to use it. I did so today and happened to notice the “words of wisdom” that it offered at the end of a search:


There are undoubtedly some very intelligent people working at Microsoft. There are also undoubtedly some really stupid people working there too. Whoever it was that thought “Did you find what you were searching for?” was a sensible question to pose when “No items match your search”, clearly fits the latter category!