[Fix] .Divx and .Flv Files Not Found When Searched by Kind “Video”

When you do a file search by “Kind” Video, video files with certain extensions such as .divx and .flv may not be shown in search results. This is because .divx and .flv extensions aren’t registered as type “video” by default.

divx and flv perceivedtype video

divx and flv perceivedtype video

Windows treats the following file extensions as type “video” as they’re registered as such using “PerceivedType” value or “Kindmap” registry key.

3g2, 3gp, 3gp2, 3gpp, asf, asx, avi, avm, awm, cmv, ivf, m1v, m2t, m2ts, m4v, mk3d, mkv, mmm, mov, mp2v, mp4, mp4v, mpa, mpe, mpeg, mpg, mpv2, mts, mwf, qt, ts, tts, vue, wm, wmv, wmx, wvx

To make Windows Search find and list .divx and .flv files when searching with “kind:” operator, these file extensions need to be registered as “video”, using one of the methods below.

Method 1: Add PerceivedType value for .divx and .flv

Start Regedit.exe and go to:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.divx

Create a new string value (REG_SZ) named PerceivedType

Double-click PerceivedType and set its value data to video

divx and flv perceivedtype video

Repeat the same under the following key, for .flv file extension:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.flv

Exit the Registry Editor.



Using Command-line

To accomplish the same using command-line, open an elevated Command Prompt window. Type the following commands and press ENTER after each command:

reg add HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.divx /v PerceivedType /d video /f
reg add HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.flv /v PerceivedType /d video /f
exit

Use the above information to register as many file extensions as you need, as “video” file type.

Method 2: Register .divx and .flv under KindMap Key

In the Registry Editor (regedit.exe) window, go to the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\KindMap

In the right-pane, create two string values (REG_SZ) namely:

.flv
.divx

Double-click each value and set the value data to video

Exit the Registry Editor, logoff and login back.

Wait for search index to update. Or simply create a new folder and copy some sample .divx and .flv files. Do a search for: kind:=video. If search index has updated correctly, .divx and .flv files should appear in search results when searched by “kind”.

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2 thoughts on “[Fix] .Divx and .Flv Files Not Found When Searched by Kind “Video””

  1. PerceivedType works on XP too if you use the Dawg search. KindMap seems to be Vista+. I always add a bunch of file extensions to KindMap. 🙂

    • @Anon: And Kindmap allows setting multiple types for the same extension. For example, .m3u would be listed in searches results for kind:=music, as well as kind:=playlist. PerceivedType still works in Windows 10 though

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