I got a Win SBS 2008 that servers 10 Client machines. 2 of the 10 client machines are running Win 7 64-bit. The other 8 are running Win XP 32-bit. The Win SBS 2008 has a folder which contains bills that the company has written for its customers. The folder is a shared network drive. All 8 Win XP 32-bit clients have the Windows search plugin installed (Windows Search plugin), enabling a full-text-search within pdf-files located on that shared network drive.

However, after searching the web I couldn't find a pure Windows solution for the Win 7 64-bit clients to achieve aforementioned searching solution in the same fashion as with the Win XP 32-bit clients.

There seem to be solutions which involve 3rd party programs. If there is no pure windows solution to this problem, please name a third party software for which the following statements are positive:

  1. open source
  2. do full text search in pdf-files located on a shared network drive
  3. do so under Win 7 64-bit

If the description does not suffice for a solution outline. Please let me know which informations are lacking.


You can't find plugin for win7 because "search" is already embedded in it, no additional installation needed. Just make sure you have index of required drive.



For the last couple of years I have used the NeoSearch Utility Tool.

It reads from Network Drives and is easily configurable.

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