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    Windows search

    Just done my first Office 2007 install and when I open Outlook it's asking to install Windows Desktop Search. I seem to remember reading that this search program hogs the cpu. Is it a worth installing?

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    Put it this way... I've managed without it.

    I work on the principal that I only ever install things that I actually need. Bolt-ons have to be essential!

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    Just a waste of CPU processing if you ask me, not worth installing, and if you had to go down the line of installing some form of desktop search program there is plenty of better alternatives out there than the windows desktop search (even though i know office is asking for it).

    here is a few
    Google desktop Search: Google Desktop Download
    Copernic: Copernic - Software to Search, Find, and Manage Information

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    Used to be true that Windows search was rubbish; not true any longer - it works well and is pretty much essential if you have much Outlook email.

    the only thing which I'd say against it is that it doesn't want to index network drives - this could be a show stopper if all your work is on a network drive!

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    I agree with the above - Windows Desktop Search is actually quite good, although I'd only recommend it on fairly modern machines. The initial indexing is quite intensive but you can always pause it.

    If your users are unlikely to bother with it then there might not be much point but otherwise I've had no trouble with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by t_h View Post
    I agree with the above - Windows Desktop Search is actually quite good, although I'd only recommend it on fairly modern machines. The initial indexing is quite intensive but you can always pause it.

    If your users are unlikely to bother with it then there might not be much point but otherwise I've had no trouble with it.
    I have not used it in a while as the last version slowed my machine down, but sounds like it has improved according to t_h and srochford.

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    Just so you know you can index network drives with WDS using an addon for it.
    Also WDS is the backbone of W7/Vista search and using r2 etc you can create a index on your fileserver that will handle remote queries in a simple way (or thats the theory)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeroHour View Post
    Just so you know you can index network drives with WDS using an addon for it.
    Also WDS is the backbone of W7/Vista search and using r2 etc you can create a index on your fileserver that will handle remote queries in a simple way (or thats the theory)
    WDS ? Defo friday as I thought that was windows deployment services which replaces RIS unless WDS stands for something else that I either forgotten about or dont know what it stands for.

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    LOL Acronym attack, WDS also means windows desktop search (in this context)

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    I would recommend you another Outlook search tool to install: Lookeen

    This tool is really small, doesn´t need so much ressources, but is fast and accurate! I think it is one of the best Outlook helpers, because it is integrated in Outlook and not another Outlook in Outlook!

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    Oh if you are interested, check it out here: lookeen

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