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Since Windows Vista and later, Microsoft enforces more strict security rules on the operating system. One side effect of this is that you may not see your mapped network drives anymore (Windows 8 and later), or they all appear disconnected (typically in Windows Vista and 7) in allapplications that run with administrator privileges.

This is because Windows uses different user environments for non-elevated and elevated processes. There are some workarounds to gain access to those network drives anyway:

  • Manually enter the UNC path (e.g. "\\server\share") of the network drive in the drive list.
  • Activate "Linked Connections".
  • Deactivate the option "Always start as administrator" under "Options > Application". However, this is not recommended as it can slow down the search because UltraSearch cannot access the Master File Table of local drives without administrator rights.

If you want to use Regular Expressions to search for files, you can use the UltraSearch search syntax, by preceding the search term with a tilde ("~"), for example:
name: ~(?=.*help)|(?=.*online)
to search for all files that contain the word "help" or "online".

Context menu entries in Windows can differ depending on whether an application was started  'as administrator' or not. Since the Windows Explorer, unlike UltraSearch, is not started 'as administrator', there may be differences in the context menus.
You can start UltraSearch without administrative privileges by disabling the setting 'Options > Application > Always start as administrator'. However, this is not recommended because it prevents UltraSearch from accessing the MFT (Master File Table) and may slow down the search in UltraSearch.

You can observe the same behavior if you start the Windows Editor ('notepad.exe') by right-clicking and selecting 'Run as Administrator' and then selecting 'File > Open...'. In the file selection dialog shown, you can also open the Windows context menu with a right click. The entries you are looking for are also missing here.

Compressed files on an NTFS volume are shown in a blue color. Folders that are partially compressed will have a dark blue color, files and folders that are entirely compressed will show up in a light blue color. For more information on file-based compression see Notes on NTFS.

Yes. To be able to search even complex file types like Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint, UltraSearch uses the so-called IFilter interface, which is provided by the operating system. Third-party applications can also provide their own treatment routines that can be used to read certain file formats. Many file formats are already handled by the operating system's own routines.
In order to be able to search Office files, it may be necessary that a Microsoft Office version is installed on the system. Alternatively, the Microsoft Office Filter Pack can be installed.

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