Windows Search 4.0

Windows Search 4.0 lets you perform an instant search of your computer. Windows Search 4.0 helps you find and preview documents, e-mail messages, music files, photos, and other items on the computer.
The search engine in Windows Search 4.0 is a Microsoft Windows service that is also used by programs such as Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 and Microsoft Office OneNote 2007. You can use this search engine to index a program's content and to obtain instant results when you search in a particular program.
Windows Search 4.0 includes the following improvements:
  • Support for the Encrypting File System (EFS)
  • Reduced affect on Microsoft Exchange when you index e-mail in online mode, and there is no local cache (.ost)
  • Support for indexing online delegate mailboxes
  • Support for client-to-client remote query to shared indexed locations
  • Improved indexing performance
  • Faster previewer updates for Windows XP
  • Per-user Group Policy settings
  • Windows software updates for Watson errors

Support for the following new enterprise Group Policy objects:

Computer policies

  • Prevent adding Universal Naming Convention (UNC) locations to index from Control Panel
  • Prevent customizing indexed locations in Control Panel
  • Prevent automatically adding shared folders to the index
  • Allow for indexing of encrypted files
  • Disable indexer back-off
  • Prevent clients from querying the index remotely
  • Allow for indexing of online delegate mailboxes
  • Prevent adding user
  • Specified locations to the All Locations menu
  • Enable throttling for online mail indexing
Per-user policies
  • Prevent adding UNC locations to the index from Control Panel
  • Prevent customizing indexed locations in Control Panel
  • Prevent indexing certain paths
  • Default indexed paths
  • Default excluded paths

To download Windows Search 4.0 Preview, click on the appropriate link for your version of Windows:

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