Google Desktop Alternatives
Some of the best alternatives to Google Desktop may already be included with your operating system. If you are using a recent operating system with an integrated desktop search feature, give your operating system’s search feature a try. Older operating systems may have contained search features that were slow and unreliable, but operating systems have improved.
If you are using an older operating system or just aren’t happy with your operating system’s included search feature, you can use an alternative, third-party program.
Copernic Desktop Search is a popular desktop search application for Windows. Copernic indexes the files on your system and can search for text inside of them. Like Google Desktop, it also runs on Windows XP. The home version is free.
Everything is a cult favorite. Everything indexes the files on your system and provides a minimal interface that can search for them by file name. Everything cannot search for text inside files, so it may be too minimal for some users.
Agent Ransack is, perhaps, the opposite of Everything. Agent Ransack can search for text inside files on your computer, but it cannot index them, so searches are slower. On the positive side, this means that Agent Ransack isn’t constantly updating the index in the background.