Windows Search, Browse, and Organization
Updated: March 4, 2009
Applies To: Windows 7
The Windows Search Service enables you to perform fast file searches on a server from computers running Windows® 7 or Windows Server® 2008 R2, or from computers that have Windows Desktop Search (WDS) installed and running Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 R2, or Windows Server 2003.
The documentation available or planned for Windows Search and WDS is listed in the following documentation set.
Windows Search, Browse and Organization
Search Help File
This document is included with the operating system.
The dsksrch.chm file is installed with Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. It is displayed when you request help with searching and indexing from Help and Support in the Start menu.
What’s New in Windows Search Browse and Organization
Windows 7 Technical Library: What’s New in Windows Search Browse and Organization, and Windows Server® 2008 R2 Technical Library: What’s New in Windows Search Browse and Organization.
These topics introduce a number of new features and enhancements for IT professionals to deploy and maintain desktop search, browse, and organization functionality in Windows Server® 2008 R2 and Windows 7.
Windows Search Browse and Organization Administrator’s Guide
The Windows Search Browse and Organization Administrator’s Guide details new and modified group policies, describes how to query shared remote locations, and explains how to employ Search connectors to search a remote data source from the Windows client in Windows Server® 2008 R2 and Windows 7.
Prior Versions of Windows Search and Windows Desktop Search
Windows Search 4.0
Windows Server 2008 Technical Library:
Windows Search 4.0 Administrator’s Guide
This guide provides information on the provision of search capabilities for most common file and data types—such as e-mail, media files, contacts, calendar appointments, documents, and other third-party formats—in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. It includes procedures for completing common tasks related to installing, upgrading and deploying Windows Search, and how to extend Windows Search functionality.
Windows Search 4.0 Troubleshooting Guide
This guide provides troubleshooting tips for Windows Search 4.0 in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. It includes guidance on how differences from previous versions may explain support issues.
The Windows Desktop Search 4.0 Administrator’s Guide and various versions of Windows Desktop Search 4.0 are available for download on the Microsoft Download Center
Windows Search 4.0
This topic provides an overview of Windows Search 4.0 by job role in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.
Windows Search Videos
This topic provides links to videos that demonstrate using Windows Search 4.0 information in Windows XP and Windows Vista.
Microsoft Help and Support:
Update to Windows Search, 4.0 – December 2008
This update consists of two hotfixes:
Enables you to search for content in digitally signed e-mail.
Addresses an issue in which high network traffic occurs in an environment that uses Offline Files synchronization
- Enables you to search for content in digitally signed e-mail.
Update to Windows Search 4.0 – December 2008
This second update consists of hotfix that allows for customization of the regional settings of the EN-US locale when you use a symbol other than a point as the decimal symbol.
Description of Windows Search 4.0 and the Multilingual User Interface Pack for Windows Search 4.0
How to block the automatic delivery of Windows Search 4.0 to Windows Vista SP1-based computers that have the Automatic Updates feature enabled
For IT Professionals
For information about deploying search connectors in an enterprise, see the Windows 7 Federated Search Provider Implementer's Guide.
For Windows Search APIs that enable developers to incorporate search functionality within custom applications and tools, see the Search Developer’s Guide on MSDN.
For Shell APIs that enable developers to access and manage UI objects, see Shell Developer’s Guide on MSDN.
For a demonstration of how to build an OpenSearch Web service for a SQL database, see the Windows 7: Empower users to find, visualize and organize their data with Libraries and the Explorer presentation given at the Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in 2008.
For the applicable format for mapping XML values to Windows system properties, see: