Make Windows 7 find search results for a Mapped Drive

I got this shiny new WDShareSpace 4TB Network Storage System with RAID so that I could pull my files down to it to get organized. I would like to review the device in the future, but for now I want to use it as an example on showing how I was able to fix my problem.

So after I setup the device with a static IP on the network and configured it, I mapped the drive locally on my Windows 7 workstation. Whenever I performed a search, from the start button or from the search bar in windows explorer I could never get results to come up from the mapped drive. I did a little research and found that one option was to make the drive available offline. Obviously, that is a terrible option because I would have stored them on my local drive in the first place if that’s what I wanted to do. After looking at a few more sites, I found a combined solution that worked for me although it isn’t the perfect solution I had hoped for. So here’s what I have done to fix my issue:

  1. Download and install this Microsoft Hotfix (kb228596). Mine needed a reboot.
  2. Open RegEdit, Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\SearchPlatform\Preferences and add a new DWORD Value titled EnableSearchingSlowLibrariesInStartMenu with a binary value of 1. Exit Regedit.
  3. Download and install the Windows Desktop Search: Add-in for Files on Microsoft Networks.

After I performed these three steps, my Windows 7 x64 workstation was returning search results from my mapped drive. I’m working on the indexing part, but I wanted to get this info out here before I forgot.

Sources:
http://www.thewindowsclub.com/how-to-search-un-indexed-libraries-and-network-location-files-from-start-menu-search-box#ixzz1FkVG7ax6
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-networking/windows-7-wont-index-a-network-drive/a085298d-94d1-45d3-877e-f84df3ae091b

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  • david gunnells

    Did you get indexing (on 64-bit Windows 7) working?

  • elf

    Thanks for the info! One thing I will note is under system requirements for:
    Windows Desktop Search: Add-in for Files on Microsoft Networks

    1. Does not list Windows 7 as a compatible OS
    2. Does not list any x64 bit OS as being compatible

    And you state this worked for Windows 7 x64 bit OS?