Windows 7 Search Functionality
Windows XP came with basic search functionality built into the operating system. As long as you got part of the file name or folder name right, chances are the little cartoon dog would find what you were looking for. Of course, if the term was common on your PC you might have had to scroll around a bit to find it.
When Google Desktop came thundering down onto the computer scene offering to search and find not just file names and directory names, but also words within your documents, or even words inside of your EMAIL, Microsoft realized that it had left open the backdoor unlocked for a Google attack on the desktop. In response, the company built more search capabilities into Windows Vista. However, the constant indexing by Vista drew scorn from the user community who felt it slowed down their computers and left their hard drives continuously running and chattering away.
An effort to update the search functionality of Windows XP computers sneaked a search update process into numerous Microsoft downloads called Seaport. The Seaport.exe process running all the time in the background of XP unleashed a torrent of users who wondered: What is Seaport.exe service? Is it a virus? And, finally, how to remove Seaport from my computer?
With Windows 7, Microsoft seems to have finally gotten desktop searching right.
Users can access search immediately from the start menu without having to run the search utility first. Windows 7 search can find not only file and folders, but also words inside of them, and inside of email too. Best of all, Windows 7 search can help you find Windows 7 utilities and features when they can't be found because Microsoft decided to go with Control Panel for Dummies as a system management interface.