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April 12, 2007 12:03 AM

Broken: Windows Vista search results message

WvsearchLarry Danver writes:

When it can't find what you are searching for, Windows Vista politely tells you so.

But in the same screen, it asks you if you found what you were looking for.

Doesn't it know that you didn't?!?


so even if you did or didnt find what you were after, is there a way to provide feedback to Vista? even then if you clicked no it would say "Oh, sorry."

Posted by: n1nj4 at April 12, 2007 04:28 AM

Far from broken. Maybe there's a software reason that it can't access the number of results, or maybe it was seen fit to include it anyway. At best, it goes unnoticed, at worst, it's a minor puzzlement. There are plenty of things more broken in Vista.

Posted by: Fuzzy at April 12, 2007 09:40 AM

at first glance it seems kinda silly looking...

...but, if you then click on that option, does it bring you to another screen that gives you a more extensive search option, or possibly some suggestions on refining your search, or something like that?

If it does, then not broken at all, in fact I would say that is a very nice option for it to give you.

Posted by: Memnon at April 12, 2007 10:01 AM

edit to my last post after having a few more neurons fire...

Are you saying that since it didn't find any results it didn't automatically bring up something saying "hey I didn't find anything, maybe you want to try these options", that's why its broken?

Even then, I don't know if I'd call it really broken, some people might call it broken if it did "intrude" with another window like that...

Posted by: Memnon at April 12, 2007 10:07 AM

Yeah, I found what I was looking for--I confirmed the nonexistence of it.

Posted by: Loren at April 12, 2007 11:32 AM

"At best, it goes unnoticed, at worst, it's a minor puzzlement."

Or maybe it's the reason why so few people actually read online... it's messages like this that simply waste your time because of utter irrelevance. Bit by bit, misguided messages like this decrease peoples' trust and make them more likely to tune out future efforts at communicating information to them.

Posted by: Zephyr at April 12, 2007 12:09 PM

Happens on Windows XP, too. BROKEN!

Posted by: Gabriel J. Smolnycki at April 12, 2007 03:18 PM

Microsoft is broken to begin with.

Posted by: Aux10 at April 12, 2007 04:48 PM

I agree with Aux10.

Posted by: Gabriel J. Smolnycki at April 13, 2007 08:12 AM

Very good point Zephyr...

Posted by: ambrocked at April 13, 2007 06:06 PM


The submitter was apparently being DELIBERATELY DECEPTIVE. I have a copy of Vista, and I've just checked: the actual search screen has an 'advanced search' button directly below the "Did you find what you're looking for?" text. This button has apparently been 'tippexed out' by the submitter, leaving whitespace there to leave the false impression that the "Did you find..." text is all there is.

Which means Memron's hunch:

> if you then click on that

> option, does it bring you

> to another screen that

> gives you a more extensive

> search option, [...]

was exactly correct (the 'advanced search' button gives you extra search options (e.g. search: hidden & system files; by date/size/metadata; different locations etc.)).

Posted by: Simon at April 13, 2007 10:14 PM

Simon is exactly right. The "did you find what you were searching for?" text is not a question that you are supposed to respond to. It is just a caption for the button directly below it that says "advanced search". There are no other buttons; no "yes" or "no" buttons to respond to the question (as n1nj4 said, that wouldn't make sense, as the computer can't do anything about it if you didn't find what you were looking for).

Perhaps the wording could have been different. "Didn't find what you're looking for? Try this:" would have been more clear. But this is not nearly as broken as it looks; the original picture has been photoshopped to remove the "advanced search" button.

If there are so many things broken with Microsoft, why would the original poster have to fake one?

Posted by: TIBE4ME at April 15, 2007 04:41 PM

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