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Archive for the ‘Everything by VoidTools’ Category

“cushion treemap” delphi – Google Search

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/05/06

For my link archive below a few links from “cushion treemap” delphi – Google Search.

The reason: I like Sequoiaview a lot, but it has a few issues (of which I wrote in SequoiaView Homepage) and lacks a few things too.

WinDirStat is nice, but could be a lot cleaner. Both lack one feature I’d love to have: light-weight automatic updating on NTFS volumes.

Everything does the latter, but does not do graphical output as it is focused on being a blindingly fast indexing and searching tool (I like it a lot so there is even a category on my blog for it: Everything by VoidTools).

It would be cool if both could be hooked together, which would require a cushion treemap in Delphi and an API to access the Everything database.

So here are links that might help with the first:




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Call Everything with search pattern as parameter? – voidtools forum

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/03/25

[WayBack] Call Everything with search pattern as parameter? – voidtools forum:

C:\Program Files\Everything\Everything.exe -search """aaa bbb"""

The extra quotes are needed to get through 2 layers of de-quoting.

Related: [WayBack] How to apply quotes from the command line – voidtools forum


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Ctrl-T — • View topic – Everything window is ‘Always On Top’

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/03/17

If you use everything search from VoidTools, then don’t be surprised that pressing Ctrl-T makes it “Always On Top”:

Ctrl-T sets

Ctrl-T sets “Always On Top”

Of course this is not defined in “Tools” -> “Options”.

I forgot in which version this was introduced, as in the past I never stumbled over it on keyboards that have Ctrl and Alt reversed.


via: • View topic – Everything window is ‘Always On Top’


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Reducing the size of your Windows.edb (Search) and DataStore.edb (Update) databases

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/01/30

Windows Search: Windows.edb

If you use Windows Search (I don’t: I use Everything by VoidTools), your Windows.edb can grow ridiculously large. It is a single file, though it appears to be in two places because there is a symbolic link from C:\Users\All Users to C:\ProgramData :

C:\Users\All Users\Microsoft\Search\Data\Applications\Windows\Windows.edb

This is how to reduce its size:

How to offline defrag the index

  1. Change the Windows Search service so that it does not automatically start. To do this, run the following command in cmd.exe:
    sc config wsearch start= disabled
  2. Run the following command to stop the Windows Search service:
    net stop wsearch
  3. Run the following command to perform offline compaction of the Windows.edb file:
    esentutl.exe /d %AllUsersProfile%\Microsoft\Search\Data\Applications\Windows\Windows.edb
  4. Run the following command to change the Windows Search service to delayed start:
    sc config wsearch start= delayed-auto
  5. Run the following command to start the service:
    net start wsearch


  1. I did not perform the last 2 steps as I’ve kept Windows Search disabled.
  2. If you want to reduce the size of the C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Search\Data\Applications\Windows\Projects\SystemIndex\Indexer\CiFiles\ directory:
    1. Before step 1, choose what kind of Windows Search indexing options you want
    2. Between step 3 and 4, delete the directory

Windows Update: DataStore.edb

Windows Update uses the same database structure and is a single file:


This is how I reduced its size:

net stop wuauserv
net stop bits
esentutl.exe /d C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\DataStore\DataStore.edb
net start bits
net start wuauserv

Talking about Windows Update: you might also want to Clean Up the WinSxS Folder


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Posted in Everything by VoidTools, Power User, Windows, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 9, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Vista | Leave a Comment »

Windows 10 1511 update broke the Hyper-V networking – Fix network connection issues

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/04/11

After updating a Windows 8.1 machine that had Hyper-V running, none of the VMs could access any networking: Windows 10 build 1511 completely broke the vSwitch infrastructure.

This is what I had to do:

  1. Reinstall network devices using netcfg –d command (Source: Fix network connection issues – Windows Help)
  2. Reboot host
  3. Create a new vSwitch in Hyper-V (as the old one was gone)
  4. Remove the network adapters of the VMs (they were in a limbo state)
  5. Add new network adapters to the VMs connecting them to the correct vSwitch.

This was the umpteenth time Hyper-V let me down, so in the future I’m back to VMware or Virtual Box.

Windows 10 also broke Everything Search Engine and UBCD4Win. I could not get UBCD4Win to work again, but a reinstall of Everything made it to work again.

And Windows 10 moved a lot of things away from the Control Panel, which means that things that basically worked for more than a decade are now gone. For instance, Windows updates now must be run with a shortcut like this:


Note that’s for a DUTCH system. For a US-English system of course the shortcut is different:


This feels like “1998 wants its VBA translated languages back”.

Of course I could get around this by building a table translatingto a text language code from the numeric language code* from the below command, but that’s not the point: Windows 10 makes life harder.

reg query “hklm\system\controlset001\control\nls\language” /v Installlanguage
returns codes like 0407, 0409, 040D, 0413, etc.


*: Heck if Microsoft cannot even update their 2002 Table of Language Culture Names, Codes, and ISO Values Method [C++] and has trouble keeping the various .NET version pages updated**, how could I?

**: these are the only .NET versions the table is documented

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