Free File Search Utility is the Best Yet

I've been looking for a program like this for years.

"EVERYTHING" is a free search utility that will locate a file or folder by name located on any of your hard drives in less than a second. 

"Ho-hum" you say, "there are several programs that do that."

Quite so, but this one does it without creating massive indexes. That saves your disk space and more importantly, doesn't slow down your PC by needing to maintain such indexes.

"But how can this work?" you ponder, "instant search utilities needs indexes in order to work."

Yes they do and that's the trick. with this product; it uses the indexes that form part of the NTFS file system.  It is using something that is already there rather than duplicating it.

It's a clever idea. Now why didn't somebody (including Microsoft) think of this before?

Of course to use EVERYTHING your hard drives need to be NTFS formatted but that includes 99.9% of all XP and Vista users, so it's hardly a limitation.

EVERTHING can scan multiple drives, find search terms embedded within file names and can be accessed from a desktop shortcut, the Start Menu or from the right click context menu. It weighs in at a massive 334 KB download. Yes folks, that's kilobytes not megabytes. And its free.

What more can you ask for?

(Windows 2000, XP, Vista)

This item was based on a suggestion by regular contributor rhiannon.  

Update: I need to clarify my comment that EVERYTHING does not "create massive indexes."  This means what it says and should not be read as implying it does not create any indexes. It does, but they are very small and created in seconds not hours. These tiny indexes are possible because EVERYTHING leverages itself off the information contained in the NTFS file system rather than recreating that information afresh.

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by Australia on 16. April 2014 - 13:34  (115738)

I use Windows XP
I have used Everything for the last 3 years, and it is indeed a very fast utility
Two problems:
It has to rebuild its database everytime the computer is restarted for the day, which can take some time
Secondly, for my Windows XP system at least, Everyday seems to sometimes interfere with Windows File Manager/explorer, making it unstable at times

I was informed of a new application, Hddb (version 1.03)
This software is very similar to Everything, but can remember its database, so doesnt rebuild it everytime you start the program
And similar very fast file searching

So finally, a rival to Everything has arrived !

One weakness with Hddb - it needs to be installed, no portable version. And when you install it, it doesnt immediately recognise external drives including USB drives. I had to restart my computer, and the external drives were recognised

by Drongo on 29. June 2013 - 8:58  (108810)

You have asked a question in each post. That is considered by most people a request for information.

The contents of the system 32 directory do show up properly on my system in Everything as do searches for individual files in that directory. It also works in the Syswow 64 directory. You state you have a problem with it and want it to do something but have no interest in free assistance from the developer.

If it does not work on your system there is no need for it to be on your system.

by J_L on 30. June 2013 - 1:21  (108832)

Since when did information equal help?

I think I've finally found the problem. I have to force "C:\Windows\System32" to be included in Tools > Options... > Index > Folders in order for it to work. From that, I can assume you have non-default settings. As for developer support, that's only for software I want to keep, not when I'm only (mildly) considering it.

Look here, my clean virtual machine has nothing installed other than Windows and its Updates. I'm afraid that your case is the exception here. I'll wait for the stable version before assessing the need.

by J_L on 27. June 2013 - 8:12  (108748)

It's 2013, and Everything recently released a beta 64-bit version. I expected at least full compatibility on my 64-bit OS (they had a ~3 year break after all), but failure yet again. My test? Try any file in "C:\Windows\System32", none within that exact folder will be detected.

JAM Software UltraSearch supported this for a while now, and Glary Utilities Quick Search (at least in Glary Utilities 3) supports this as well as FAT32 drives (not at same speed). Yet they're both 32-bit programs, so what gives?

by Drongo on 27. June 2013 - 9:32  (108749)

Run as administrator.

by J_L on 27. June 2013 - 9:34  (108750)

How about you actually try them? On a 64-bit system.

by Drongo on 29. June 2013 - 7:13  (108802)

Been using the 64 bit version of Everything on Win 7 Pro 64 bit for at least a year. Also checked your specific example on my own system before I posted the reply.

by J_L on 29. June 2013 - 7:25  (108803)

Oh, did you even look at the paths? Is "C:\Windows\System32" clearly on the path, or does it display all the other locations consisting of duplicate files? That's clearly the case on my Windows 7 64-bit and Windows Server 2012. Heck I even installed it in a clean Virtual Machine, same result.

by Drongo on 29. June 2013 - 7:58  (108805)


Only other option I can think of at present to make it work properly is this:

1, Exit Everything.

2, Delete the file everything.db which should be in the same directory as Everything.exe. If you have Everything running full time this file will not be there until you close the program.

3, Restart Everything and see if it works.

4, If that does not work, you can get free assistance via the developer's website.

5, The product works for other people. The product cost you nothing. The help you want costs you nothing. Might want to keep that in mind when phrasing your requests.

by J_L on 29. June 2013 - 8:14  (108806)

1., 2., 3. Never even started it before. Always deleted before testing. If it cannot work in a clean virtual machine, then obviously none of that helps.

4. Might do so if I had more time and interest.

5. Really, where's the proof? I haven't even seen one screenshot of it working for other 64-bit machines on my specific query. It costs me time, and I never stated any request for help.

by Drongo on 29. June 2013 - 8:24  (108808)

You can always buy any one of the payware alternatives.

by J_L on 29. June 2013 - 8:44  (108809)

I'm seriously wondering how much of my message you're getting. I guess you can't just show me it working on your machine for whatever reason. All I need to see is items in both System32 and one of amd64/wow64/SysWOW64 showing up within their proper paths to verify. If you tried and "succeeded", it probably was a subdirectory within "C:\Windows\System32".

Do I even need to mention UltraSearch and Quick Search again, or are there more comparable alternatives that searches the NTFS MFT?

by Oxa on 5. June 2013 - 18:08  (108311)

Everything is very fast, but it can't search by file date or size. That makes it of limited utility, as far as I'm concerned.

by Drongo on 18. April 2013 - 3:12  (107163)

One item of note, do not mistake the View menu's "Enable Regex" option for the context menu option. If Regex is enabled, Everything will not search normally and won't search subfolders when a folder search is done.

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