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Vista: Indexing Shared Network Directories and FAT Drives...

Vista: Indexing Shared Network Directories and FAT Drives...

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Now this is a really useful download for those of you who want to be able to index the content that is on a shared drives, or FAT drives.  It's a free download from, and after it is installed, go to the Start Menu, type "Index" and one of the results should be:

Indexing Options in the Start Menu

Click on "Indexing Options" and from there, you should be able to go to 'Advanced', and within the new dialog box, should be an option to add a UNC location:

Advanced Indexing Options

Easy Peasy! :-)

Enjoy searching across your networks!

  • Does it programatically not display UNC results in the Start Menu search?  I see network stuff if I open a search window, but if I use the Start Menu Search I don't get any results.

  • Hi Michael,

    It certainly should display them in the start menu, as they are indexed on your local machine - that is a strange one.

    Is the problem still occuring now?



  • FYI: this app doesn't work in 64bit Ultimate.  In fact, it seems many add-ons and app don't, as if 64 bit versions of Vista are just unwanted step children.

  • Hi Steve,

    I agree that there are a number of apps won't run on x64 Vista, but is that the problem isn't Microsoft in this case.  x64 Vista has been available for a long time now, thus developers have had access to the environment for writing applications for the same length of time.  It's a joint responsibility; Microsoft provide the Vista x64 platform, and the application developers work on that platform to create the apps.  I think you'll see more and more x64 apps working fine going forward.


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