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Windows Desktop Search 3.01

Steve Krause

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Windows Desktop Search 3.01 for Windows XP (KB917013)


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Brief Description

Windows Desktop Search 3.01 is an updated component of Windows that enables instant search on your computer.



Windows Desktop Search (WDS) 3.01 is a minor update to Windows Desktop Search 3.0 that adds: support for indexing UNC files, additional support for enterprise deployment, and stability improvements. WDS 3.01 installs on Windows XP and Window Server 2003, but is not needed for Windows Vista since the WDS component is already included in Vista. Windows Desktop Search 3.01 helps you to find, preview, and use your documents, e-mail, music, photos, and other items. The search engine in Windows Desktop Search 3.01 is a Windows service that is also used by applications such as Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 and OneNote 2007 to index application content and deliver instant results when searching within that application.


If you choose to install and use Windows Desktop Search, you can search for e-mail, documents and other files located on your computer. No information about the files on your computer will be sent to Microsoft as part of this process. Instead, Windows Desktop Search will index the content of your computer and store the index file on your computer. You can customize Windows Desktop Search to index only specified folders on your computer. Windows Desktop search will not store copies of e-mail or documents after they are deleted.


Note WDS 3.01 can be installed as a new install or as an upgrade from 02.05.xxxx, 02.06.xxxx or 03.00.0000. On an upgrade from 03.00.0000, you will not need to rebuild your index.


This download package includes the Update.exe, ADM File and Add-in for Files on Microsoft Networks.


After you install these items, you may have to restart your computer.

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I went ahead and upgraded my PC




Windows XP SP2

Office 2007




Although the instructions "SAY" the upgrade process works, it did not for me..... After the upgrade process I did a reboot and when I came back up, desktop search was broken. Although all the options were there (including the features which were added back from the older Windows Desktop Search 2.x and Live Desktop Search) such as the feature to add UNC searches, no results were returned.


I even tried a reindex with no sucess.


I was able to get search going again by un-installing the Windows Desktop Search 3.01 doing a reboot then re-installing Windows Desktop Search 3.01. After I did this AND re-indexed my PC, outlook and PST's, WDS is once again working.



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