Windows XP only searches files of some types. If you tell it to find
all files conatining a certain character string, it tries to be really smart
and ignore the files and parts of files it knows you are not interested in.
It only looks at some files and only parts of those.
Windows XP search all file types
To make it search all parts of all files, as the older versions of Windows
did, set the following registry dword value:
Giving it a value of 1 will make Windows search every file you tell it to.
Whether you have "indexing Service" on or off makes no difference and changing
this value does not change whether
"indexing Service" is on or off.
It just makes it search (and maybe index) all files.
I found out later that it was still skipping some things.
Then I found
FileLocator. It works much better anyway.
There is more about it on my
Good Stuff page.