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  • 4.0 stars

    "only one thing missing"

    March 31, 2010  |   By 18cdbob18

    Version: Everything 1.2.1.371

    Pros

    after first use, its speed is incredible...no need to add it to your start menu for it to perform well after its initial indexing...doesn't interfere with other apps...but you will need descriptive folder and file titles

    Cons

    the only thing it doesn't do is search for words within a text file....for that, you still need windows search

    Summary

    a rapid, accurate performer that should be better known than it is...after all, it's free and effective

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  • 4.0 stars

    "much quicker search than Win7"

    March 30, 2010  |   By caclharm

    Version: Everything 1.2.1.371

    Pros

    Like the way it follows your search input and starts showing results

    Cons

    none I can think of

    Summary

    Try it and yoou'll keep it. Great free utility for everyoone

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Fast and accurate"

    March 27, 2010  |   By eclyde

    Version: Everything 1.2.1.371

    Pros

    Indexes words in the file names. So, as long as you have descriptive file names, it does a great job.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Summary

    Download and use it. You won't regret it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best desktop search software there is!"

    March 22, 2010  |   By m_krsmanovic

    Version: Everything 1.2.1.371

    Pros

    Install it and test it out compared to Microsoft's Windows Search or Google Desktop and you will see why this software is far superior. Check out the Task Manager and realize that it's too demanding on the resources either.

    Cons

    Does not work on the network drives, but that's out of its scope anyway.

    Summary

    Considering its excellent performance and generally good quality I'm surprised how come this software is not more popular.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best companion for Windows 7"

    March 7, 2010  |   By munsefbadi

    Version: Everything 1.2.1.371

    Pros

    Very Fast, very small, very professional programmers developed it
    This shows what fly means in "on the fly search"
    With windows 7, search became a real useless pain that can't be controlled.
    Boolean operations cool too
    all at 300+KB!!

    Cons

    Almost none
    Boolean operations could be improved in syntax and actually finding themcould be made easier

    Summary

    Don't leave home without it
    I can only think of FAR Manager (Files management - good old NC modified for Windows) as another utility showing how stuff should be done
    Must have - unbelievable search utility - best companion for Windows 7

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simple, Fast and Free - The Best of everything!"

    February 16, 2010  |   By brucebehan

    Version: Everything 1.2.1.371

    Pros

    Ease of use, concise

    Cons

    None I can find.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Fast & efficient. Use it all the time."

    February 15, 2010  |   By S E Heller

    Version: Everything 1.2.1.371

    Pros

    The speed with which it populates its list and finds my search parameters

    Cons

    Only wish it had an option to search the body of the items it finds.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "This is a good idea well executed."

    February 4, 2010  |   By YahyaMurat

    Version: Everything 1.2.1.371

    Pros

    1. Speed
    2. Speed
    3. Speed

    Cons

    Boolean operators would be a plus. AND is already there. Excluding files is possible thru settings, good for backup files, but on-the-fly exclusion (within the search string, like "foo NOT xls" for foo files excl. excel files) would be more practical

    Summary

    The program's huge speed made me wonder how it managed it. To search files I used to use Windows Search. Its speed is so slow that I had to be careful with search path. The worst part was when I needed a system wide search (a total of 2+TB internal plus 1.5TB external disks). Everything, on the other hand, scans the all the NTFS disks within a minute to build its database, and then all searches are within this database and are virtually instantaneous. (As file actions like copying or moving take place, the database is simultaneously updated.)

    I used to think that it would be nice if the program could handle FAT disks along with NTFS disks, but I think I know the reason of this limitation:

    In a FAT system, the folders are organized in the following way: All folders (other than the root folder of each partition) are like any other data file. Thus, for example, if you have two data files and two folders in the root directory, you in fact have 4 files (or file-like entities). Each )folder) file has file and folder information only within itself (not any levels below it). If you are making a search from the root of a disk partition, starting with the folder files in the root, the searching program opens each folder file. Having lots of folders (at all levels) is opening lots of files, which takes lots of time.

    On the other hand, in an NTFS system, there is a master index that holds information about folders and files at all levels. So, if you need to open not as many files as there are folders, but a single index file. Scanning a single file (though big) takes much less time than opening lots of (folder) files. This means that everything can NOT do its trick with FAT disks. It would be as slow as, say, Windows Explore, since it would have to open and scan all (folder) files.

    The problem with the previous paragraph is that I am not sure if it is correct. I tried to get information on the internet, but what I found are at a technical level I can't grasp.

    There remains a question: If everything really works the way described here, why does not Microsoft, the creator of NTFS system, use the same method in Windows search? (I am familiar with Windows XP; I don't know how search is done in later Windows versions and how fast they are done).

    To give an idea of how much I like the program: I took the trouble to convert all FAT2 partitions to NTFS for the sake of this program.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I love this software"

    January 24, 2010  |   By itsme2003

    Version: Everything 1.2.1.371

    Pros

    If you look in the dictionary under lightweight, you will see a picture of this software! It does an amazing job doing the types of searches that I want to do. I think those are the same searches most people want to do, by filename not by contents.

    Cons

    This software is perfect.

    Summary

    his review sounds like one of those reviews written by a company shill because I have only good things to say about this product. But if you look at my other reviews you will see I am not.

    Everything is an awesome search tool. The first thing I do when I set up a computer is to disable the bloated, difficult Windows Search tool.. The amount of resources that Microsoft's search tool takes up is like an elephant compared to the feather that Everything would use.

    And Microsoft took a somewhat usable search tool and made it almost unusable in Vista. I haven't had the chance to play around with the built in search in Windows 7, but I can only imagine that it is more of the same.

    I've also tried Google Desktop search and I was not impressed, although it is really not the same type of product as Everything.

    Almost all the searching that I do is for filenames. For that, Everything is Perfect. If you do need to search the contents of files, perhaps you could use Google Desktop search for that. I so rarely search inside files that I don't need to be constantly bogged down by the indexing. Instead I use tools that do the search when I need it and wait a few minutes for the results.

    Thanks you to the makers of Everything for creating an awesome product. It indexes very quickly and supports many different wildcards. Its the search that most people need.

    As a feature request, I would like to see a way of doing negative filtering as part of a search and not just as one of the search options. For instance, I would like for my search to say:
    *cat* -exe
    and find all files that contain "cat" but not exe. Instead that search wold find all the files that had "cat" and also had "-exe."

    Updated on Jan 24, 2010

    In the Summary I typed "his review" when I intended to type "This review."

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  • 5.0 stars

    "effective software"

    December 31, 2009  |   By visgee

    Version: Everything 1.2.1.371

    Pros

    It is quick and brings out the needed info

    Cons

    I have not expereinced any problems so far

    Summary

    It is a tool which is mandatory for every computer user.

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