[Review] Windows Desktop Search

kcnychief

█▄█ ▀█▄ █
Political User
Joined
Apr 8, 2005
Messages
16,948
Any comparison on this product versus Vista features Kunal?
 

NetRyder

Tech Junkie
Joined
Apr 19, 2002
Messages
13,256
Any comparison on this product versus Vista features Kunal?
Was at work for most of the day...haven't had a chance to try it out yet to make a comparison. :)

From what I understand, they now share the same indexing engine, but the frontend/UI is different. In Vista, it's much better integrated with the system...search boxes everywhere. In XP, it'll still feel like an add-on app (but a very good one, mind you).
 

Khayman

I'm sorry Hal...
Political User
Joined
Jan 6, 2002
Messages
5,518
x64 version... Mmmm .. must install..once i get home
 

NetRyder

Tech Junkie
Joined
Apr 19, 2002
Messages
13,256
You know...I'm actually thinking of reverting one of my machines (not sure which one yet) back to XP, so I might start using this again. It's nice staying on the bleeding edge with Vista and all, but with coursework starting again next month, it's going to get a little crazy wiping out and rebuilding three machines everytime there's a new build. :D
 

kcnychief

█▄█ ▀█▄ █
Political User
Joined
Apr 8, 2005
Messages
16,948
WDS 3.0 Final is out now :)

Download WDS XP x86 HERE
Download WDS XP x64 HERE
Download WDS Server 2003 x86HERE
Download WDS Server 2003 x64 HERE
 

American Zombie

Administrator
Staff member
Political User
Joined
Jun 23, 2004
Messages
2,954
Tried Windows Desktop Search and found it lacking in a few ways compared to Copernic Desktop Search. Unfortunately, it only indexes Outlook/Outlook Express -- unless user installs a plugin. (For instance, if you use Eudora or Thunderbird, you need a plugin; however, that plugin only works with versions 2.5 and 2.6 of WDS.) I tried to install the Eudora/Mozilla/Thunderbird plugin and it said I needed to install WDS to install the plugin -- but WDS was already installed! Copernic, on the other hand, supports Eudora and Thunderbird as well as Outlook or Outlook Express without the need to install any plugins. I also found the "refine search" of WDS somewhat lacking compared to Copernic. If you go to the screenshots page of Copernic then click on the icons to the right of the main picture you will see how much you can refine search in Copernic. I could not find this many refinements in WDS but maybe they are there. For now I am gonna have to give WDS a 2nd place finish to Copernic. Maybe if WDS gets plugins working and some better refinements to how/when/where you can search I will change my mind.
 
Last edited:

American Woman

OSNN Newbie
Joined
Oct 26, 2006
Messages
2
Tried Windows Desktop Search and found it lacking in a few ways compared to Copernic Desktop Search.
Agree with Zombie. One thing that WDS seems to lack is the ability (and this seems true of some other search type utitities I've tried, as well) is the ability of found results to HIGHLIGHT the found words in the Preview Screen (and take you right to them). Yes, you can manually "find" the words AGAIN, once you get a preview up (info found in the HELP says to click on FIND and then type the words)....but wait...you've already done THAT to get you there...so that's a redundant effort...but doing those two additional steps will FINALLY take you to the words themselves that you might be seeking. whew.

In contrast, with Copernic Desktop Search, if I want to find the words "Joe's Garden" somewhere on my desktop (and my Eudora email) I just type those words once, and the preview screen shows each instance of those words, highlighting the words on the preview screen.

I was hoping WDS would be as good or better than my much used Copernic, but lacking finding the searched for words and phrases instantly, I find this search tool less useful than Copernic.
 
Last edited:

madmatt

Bow Down to the King
Political User
Joined
Apr 5, 2002
Messages
13,312

Members online

No members online now.

Latest posts

Latest profile posts

Electronic Punk wrote on Sazar's profile.
Rest in peace my friend, been trying to find you and finally did :(
Terrahertz wrote on Electronic Punk's profile.
Yo fellas.
Electronic Punk wrote on Sazar's profile.
Where are you buddy? :(
Perris Calderon wrote on Electronic Punk's profile.
Hey ep!

All good with me, applying for microsoft mvp right now, should have done this a while ago.

Notifications don't work, I only found your response by comming back to hunt up some threads, if you want, give me your email address so we can keep in touch easier, mine is perriscalderon at gmail
Perris Calderon wrote on Electronic Punk's profile.
Ep, glad to see you come back and tidy up...did want to ask a one day favor, I want to enhance my resume , was hoping you could make me administrator for a day, if so, take me right off since I won't be here to do anything, and don't know the slightest about the board, but it would be nice putting "served administrator osnn", if can do, THANKS

Been running around Quora lately, luv it there https://tinyurl.com/ycpxl

Forum statistics

Threads
61,980
Messages
673,294
Members
89,078
Latest member
JulianTic