Excluding .svn from Windows Search in Windows 7

As I see it, its not possible to exclude .svn directories from Windows Search. At least not in Windows 7. Before Windows 7, I was using Copernic to index my data, but I thought I’d give the Microsoft solution a try. Hours later after modifying the registry and group policy in various ways, I have given up!

Group policy doesn’t seem to accept the syntax file:///\.svn\* and modifying the registry HKLM\HKEY_LM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Search\CrawlScopeManager\Windows\SystemIndex\DefaultRules\x seems to break Windows Search for whatever reason.

I would love to store some data from a subversion repository on my computer and index it nicely, but apparently Microsoft didn’t think this one through. Anyone have success?


  1. Joao’s avatar

    Well I still keep Copernic 2.3 in my Win 7 🙂
    (Would upgrade to Copernic 3 but they went to the dark side in that version.)
    It’s just fast and indexes what I want, no complaints!



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