In WinXP, using the standard Windows search, I could search for a filename, and if it was found in a Zip file, that would be shown in the search results. In Win 7 (even after changing search options to search ZIP files) it usually does not find the filename in a Zip file. Occasionally it finds it in one Zip file, but I know it is in several and need to see all of them to find the one I want. I have indexed the drive being searched.
I feel like I am missing something in the search settings.
I tried that, and it looked promising, but it seems that it doesn't search Zip files. I need to find certain filenames that may be in any Zip file in a specified location (don't need to search for text within them, just the filename). It never gives any results when searching the locations that have only Zip files (and which I know contain what I'm looking for).
That was the feature I wasn't sure about. We had a problem where the Windows Search tool BY DESIGN did not look within certain types of files... we were just wanting it to search through text files (I honestly forget what the extension was, but it was a standard text file extension) and the search tool just skipped right over them.
Sorry that wasn't the right answer for you. I don't have Win 7 at work so I can't really say much else.
Not practical to look at them individually. I need to look for a certain file that could be in any of hundreds of zip files on one drive. I have download Total Commander and that basically works, but I'd rather not pay for something that should work natively in Windows 7 (as it did in previous versions).
Probably in the explorer the search option is now: "search only in indexed files for filenames"
->Try second option in "Tools > Folder Options - search"
"always search filenames and contents(might take several minutes)"
Activating the 2 options worked for me, so the functionality is present in win7.
Were both options activated at the same time?
Can you look in the zip-files with win7, maybe there is some protection activated.
July 25, 2010 1:58:42 AM
Tried that too -- it still doesn't find a file that is within a ZIP file.
I had same issue and was looking here for a fix, I went on my own to the TOOLS / FOLDER OPTIONS / SEARCH tab, and set the "What to Search" to "Always search file names and contents" and now I can search for a single file in multiple zip files, takes a while to search, but this seems to work for what I needed.