Now that Part II has been posted, below is a brief synopsis of Putting advanced searches to work for you and Searching, part II: Using Search Folders along with additional links collected.
All links have been bookmarked in Features and Tutorials.
- Explorers (Microsoft)
In the new Explorers, the menus, toolbars, Navigation Pane, Task Pane, and Preview Pane have all merged into a single intuitive interface that's consistent across all of Windows Vista.
- Instant Search (Microsoft)
Instant Search works from the Start menu, Explorers, Control Panel, and experiences, Windows Internet Explorer 7, Windows Photo Gallery, and even Windows Media Player.
- Operators to Help You to Create More Defined Searches (Advanced Search) (MSDN Blog)
An exhaustive list of search operators. On Windows Vista you can use these operators to define a search, and then save it as a Search Folder (saved search).
- Using Search Folders (Advanced Search) (MSDN Blog)
Examples of using Search Folders. Be sure to read the additional information in the comments.
- Windows Desktop Search: Advanced Query Reference for 3.x (Microsoft)
Includes tables that describe the syntax to use with Windows Desktop Search 3.01 and 3.0, as well as the properties that can be queried for each category of file displayed in the desktop search results window.