I have tried desktop search tools of almost every type, there are a few that stand out, but none beats the simplicity, accuracy, and speed of Everything.
Just grab the portable version, launch it up and start searching. It will display the results in real-time. The clean minimalist design, combined with minimal resource usage and quick file indexing/searching makes it a must-have search tool for every Windows user out there.
Is it any better then the default Windows Start Search in Start Menu? Yes, by a thousand folds. Out of the 10 searches I performed, Everything scored 10/10 while the default Windows Start Search scored 1/10, you do the maths.
Right-click any file and you will see the context menu which is similar to that of Windows Explorer context menu. By creating an HTTP or ETP/FTP connection with a server you can search for files on the network quickly. To further filter out the results, you can choose to Match Case, Match Whole Word, or Match Path, you can also enable regex(regular expressions).
Go to Tools > Options and you can select various preferences from the General tab, such as, create shortcuts, run on system startup, allow multiple windows/instances, set hotkeys, etc. The View tab contains options related to how you might want to view the search results.
The most important tabs are Volumes and Exclude, the former allows user to select the destination that should be indexed while the latter can be used to exclude a destination. You can also choose to exclude the hidden and system files and folders.
There are two versions available, default installer and portable. We gave the portable version a try since it can be carried on the USB drive and requires no installation. It works on Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003/2008, and Windows 7.