I concur with all the comments here. I discovered (too late, of course) that I cannot search any of my 200,000+ emails now because I installed Office 2013 Professional. Everything worked great with Windows Desktop Search (Win 7 64 bit) and Office 2010 Professional.
I saw all my documents, emails, etc. Now, it's all screwed up.
I made the mistake of then REMOVING Office 2010 Professional, thinking this would help. I *then* went to rebuild my indexes. As a result, I can't find ANYTHING, as indexing for Windows plods along at a snails pace (2,590 files indexed in three hours. When I
tried previously, it was up to 140,000 files over the course of many days. Likewise, trying to index in Outlook 2013 showed I had over 250,000 files to index, and every time I'd delete emails, the number went UP!)
Needless to say, I'm thinking of backing up, reformatting my hard drive, reinstalling Windows 7 64 bit and then reinstalling Office 2010 Professional. (Which, by the way, you can do via a DVD and choose which components to install, unlike Office 2013 Professional,
which forces you to take everything. And don't get me started on what to do if you want to upgrade to a new computer and think you can easily install Office 2013 Professional!)
The final kicker is this: the only reason I got Office 2013 Professional was because I wanted the table slicers in Excel 2013. Then I found out that the decremented PowerPivot, etc. in Excel! Only if you buy the STANDALONE version of Excel do you get Business
Intelligence features. IS MICROSOFT TRYING TO DESTROY SMALL BUSINESSES?!
Like so many others have expressed, it seems that Microsoft is purposely trying to get people to go away. LibreOffice has never looked so good. APPLE has never looked so good!
Oh, final tip: see this link for free desktop search programs that may solve the broken WDS issue.
WDS issue. fad Oh, how I wish Google still made their Google Desktop Search. That thing was wicked fast. If Google would just improve their online "office" docs product (Docs. Drive. Whatever.), I'd be there in a heartbeat. Why they don't is beyond
I have lost a whole week of work (and sleep most nights) trying to remedy this problem. Apparently, going to back to Office 2010 is the only solution. Once again, Microsoft, you steal my time and sleep and do everything you can to destroy my business. (I really
think Microsoft's business strategy is built on the "there's no such thing as bad publicity" morphed with Fatal Attraction. They don't care if they keep screwing up our lives, because at least then we're always thinking "Microsoft". If
their software worked, we'd "set it and forget it". But instead, they want us to always be invoking the name "Microsoft" (invoking, cursing...), because then we're always thinking about them. Microsoft, the Glenn Close of software companies.