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Search file contents in Windows 7

Search file contents in Windows 7
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I have a new laptop that came with Windows 7 installed. My old laptop came with Vista and I had upgraded it to Windows 7. On my old laptop I can search the content of files (for example, a table name in sql files) and it will return every file that contains that text. The new laptop will not. I have indexed my entire C drive, checked all search settings to make sure they agree with my old laptop's settings, and still I get no results. I've spent 2 days reading other threads full of complaints about the problem with Windows 7 search. I've tried searching 'content: "my text"' with no success. I've tried Windows button + F to search but still get no results. I just don't understand why it works fine on my Vista > Windows 7 laptop but will not work on my out-of-the-box Windows 7 laptop. Is there a step or setting I'm missing? Here's what I've tried:
1) Indexed my C drive
2) Folder options - Always search file names and contents, Include subfolders, Find partial matches, Include system directories
3) Advanced indexing options - Index Properties and File Contents (even though I don't have this option selected on my old laptop)
4) C: properties - Allow files on this drive to have contents indexed in addition to file properties
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