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Offline Bellzemos

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Windows Explorer in Windows 7
« on: February 19, 2011, 02:16:01 AM »
I hate it, really. I've got very used to Windows XP Explorer (it has flaws, but the 7 is just terrible). Now I'm looking for a replacement/alternative. I've tried Total Commander but it's too overwhelming for me. I'd like to get a file manager that would be as close to WinXP one as possible (but maybe even better, if possible). I'm prepared to pay for it too, just to get rid of the Windows 7 Explorer! Thank you for the suggestions in advance! :)
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Re: Windows Explorer in Windows 7
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2011, 11:39:35 AM »
Mine looks verys similar to xp

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Re: Windows Explorer in Windows 7
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2011, 12:46:30 PM »
I think instead of having a file manager, it would be better if you just change themes.. :)

Maybe a classic 98 windows theme would do^^

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Re: Windows Explorer in Windows 7
« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2011, 01:29:48 PM »
Mine looks verys similar to xp
Same here.

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Re: Windows Explorer in Windows 7
« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2011, 01:31:03 PM »
Mine looks verys similar to xp


There's no real directory tree in the left field. That's the first thing I don't like. And I don't like having locked system folders neither. I need a better file manager, more like the XP one (in terms of functionality, not just looks) - anyone? :)
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Re: Windows Explorer in Windows 7
« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2011, 04:07:51 PM »
Mine looks verys similar to xp


I don't know what your version of Windows Explorer for XP looks like, but it is nothing like mine ;D
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Re: Windows Explorer in Windows 7
« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2011, 04:31:56 PM »
Similar(ish)  ;D

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Re: Windows Explorer in Windows 7
« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2011, 05:13:02 PM »
Mine looks verys similar to xp


There's no real directory tree in the left field. That's the first thing I don't like. And I don't like having locked system folders neither. I need a better file manager, more like the XP one (in terms of functionality, not just looks) - anyone? :)

Isn't the locked system folders more an issue with the security permissions set in windows 7 which is not really caused by windows explorer? As for the directory tree go to organize->layout->then check navigation pane.
« Last Edit: February 19, 2011, 05:19:44 PM by Charyb »

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Re: Windows Explorer in Windows 7
« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2011, 11:50:00 PM »
Isn't the locked system folders more an issue with the security permissions set in windows 7 which is not really caused by windows explorer? As for the directory tree go to organize->layout->then check navigation pane.

Thank you! Navigation pane did the trick! Do you know any more tips to make the Windows Explorer 7 function & look more like the XP one?

And yes, the locked folders are an issue with the security permissions. How do I get rid of all that denied folders/files stuff? And how do I set the Windows 7 firewall so that it won't ask me every time when I open a program if I allow this program to modify my system (even if that program doesn't modify a system at all)?  ::)

Thanx! :)
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Re: Windows Explorer in Windows 7
« Reply #9 on: February 23, 2011, 03:14:56 PM »
Hm, the tree opens only if I click on the left field of Explorer. Can I somehow make the tree open by clicking in the right field too (as in XP Explorer)?
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Re: Windows Explorer in Windows 7
« Reply #10 on: February 25, 2011, 05:46:08 AM »
Isn't the locked system folders more an issue with the security permissions set in windows 7 which is not really caused by windows explorer? As for the directory tree go to organize->layout->then check navigation pane.

Thank you! Navigation pane did the trick! Do you know any more tips to make the Windows Explorer 7 function & look more like the XP one?

And yes, the locked folders are an issue with the security permissions. How do I get rid of all that denied folders/files stuff? And how do I set the Windows 7 firewall so that it won't ask me every time when I open a program if I allow this program to modify my system (even if that program doesn't modify a system at all)?  ::)

Thanx! :)

Hm, the tree opens only if I click on the left field of Explorer. Can I somehow make the tree open by clicking in the right field too (as in XP Explorer)?

Please read here to modify permissions-> http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/vistafiles/thread/465f2b42-63dd-4486-8dd1-c870290efeed

or you can google windows 7 permissions.

Not sure if it is windows firewall asking that question. Sounds more like UAC. You could try turning off User Account Control to see if it will get you closer to your goal. Go to Actions Center to change UAC settings. It will reduce the security of your system so be careful. Though I have read somewhere that UAC can be defeated by malware.

As for the right field. Go to organize->folder and search options->general tab->go to navigation pane then tick show all folders and automatically expand current folder. see attached

Just remember, modifying permissions and turning off UAC will reduce Windows 7 built-in security features. And modifying permissions incorrectly could cause system problems. I don't recommend doing this.
« Last Edit: February 25, 2011, 06:35:31 AM by Charyb »