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Xp Style File Content Search


Where is the win7 intuitive search function? Here's a classic example:

I have many of my docs backed up on an 8 gig memory stick (a ton of ms pub files, notepad docs, power-points, and so forth). I must have them on the memory stick so that i periodically search them to another computer with xp installed. Somewhere in this extensive library i have information related to a particular subject. I need to search the content of all files on the drive, looking for a particular ascii string.

In xp a search is easy.
Start / search / . Specify search criteria:
I enter the "word or phrase in the file"
And tell it where to look "look in:" drive g: [the mem stick] and bingo.
It goes and finds it, automatically searching the whole drive (the complete directory tree).

Now in windows 7 the search function has been removed from the start menu!
Well, where is it?! What happened to the xp intuitive search capability?
This is a powerful and important feature! Where did it go?

(Please do not explain how to search file names, or "asdf" contained within the filename.
This is not what i'm looking for. I want to search file contents. )

Win7 help function is worthless in this regard. Either 7 has the capability, or not, and either you know how, or not, but i'm hoping tech support has a straight up answer.


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