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Windows Search 4.0 released!

by Brandon on June 3rd, 2008

Windows Search 4.0 was released this afternoon.  This release focuses on performance and reliability improvements.  Here are some highlights:

  • Faster queries, often several times faster
  • Faster indexing / reduced resource usage
  • Support for EFS (encrypted folders)
  • Support for indexing delegate mailboxes
  • Fixes for all the top reported Watson crashes / errors
  • New group policy options


This release also adds the following Vista / Server 2008 features to Windows XP / Server 2003 systems:

  • Remote query support (using the server’s indexed when querying a network share)
  • Support for Vista-style preview handlers (Office 2007 documents, etc)


Read the KB article here for more details and complete feature list.

Download Links

Vista / 2008                    32-bit    |    64-bit

XP                                   32-bit    |    64-bit

2003 / WHS                    32-bit    |    64-bit


Vista users – don’t forget to grab the indexer status gadget!

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  1. Marcus permalink

    I cannot unistall the 3.1 version on XP. It doesnt matter what I do 3.1 cannot be unistalled. I am not sure what else to do.

    HELP 🙂


  2. dovella permalink

    Thx Brandon 😀

  3. anonymuos permalink

    No Outlook support, no virtual folders on XP. 🙁

  4. I downloaded and tried installing it in my Vista 32 Ultimate. It keeps saying “This update does not apply to your system”. Ensured the KB update is not there already, still the same error.

  5. Anonymous – WS4, like all previous versions of WDS, supports Outlook. What would make you think it doesn’t?

    The XP version has always had some support for saved searches, by creating a shortcut / favorite.

  6. Tim permalink

    Hey Brandon, could you pass this on? Thanks

    I’ve installed Search 4 in Windows XP SP3, but it looks cr*p in Classic mode. Almost all our computers at work run XP in classic mode (I use High Color Plum), and Search 4 doesn’t visually integrate well.

    e.g. Set XP to Classic style, Plum color scheme. Right click the search icon in the task bar, choose Windows Search Options and have a look at the cr*ppy drive icon with a halo effect round it (and it’s not even the proper XP drive icon).

    Seeing as 3/4 of all Windows machines are still running XP the Search/XP combo will be around for a long time. It would be great if you guys can properly integrate Search 4 in XP. (BTW – have a look at Firefox 3m which does a fantastic job of visual integration depending on the platform on which it runs – XP/Vista/OS X/ Linux).

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