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[Solution] Windows 7 Files Search Partial Search Not Working

If you are pulling your hair out on Windows Search not finding filenames partially matching, here is a workaround.

Go to Start, type “change search options for files and folders” and click the only result that appears

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Workaround #1

Make sure “Find Partial Matches” is checked, save and try again.

Workaround #2

The solution is to revert to NOT using the index for files and folder searching. Simply check “Don’t use the index when searching in file folders for system files (searches might take longer)”

I hope it worked for you. If not, you can try Agent Ransack (no index) or Everything (uses an index, but doesn’t appear integrated with Explorer).

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