Substitute for File Explorer other then Total Comander or Explorer++

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  1. Posts : 27
    Win 7 Pro, maybe Win 10 Pro
       #1

    Substitute for File Explorer other then Total Comander or Explorer++


    I'm looking (in vain) for a close substitute for their File Explorer. But, NOT another dual pane explorer program, but one that will activate when I click on a drive or folder shortcut and open up like regular Explorer did.
    Is there anything out there as I've been thru three different 'best of' sites and nothing turned up that I could make out. Something that would have to be installed vs a Portable application since it would have to react with the O/S if it is even possible.

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  2. Posts : 14,223
    Win10 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro and Home, Win7, Linux Mint
       #2

    Couple of others, FreeCommander and MultiCommander. I usually get file managers from MajorGeeks.Com - MajorGeeks.
    System Tools, File Managers,

    An old one that works on x86 and x64 Windows up through Win11 [from Win3.x days]:
    WinFile Portable 10.2
    Substitute for File Explorer other then Total Comander or Explorer++-winfile.png
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  3. Posts : 7,082
    22H2 64 Bit Pro
       #3

    Tablacus Explorer with "Shell Execute Hook" ans "Open Instead" addons but somehow I think that you'd struggle with configuration. It might take a week or two to understand and configure it to your liking.

    Another one I use is "Files" but I've got the old version installed which doesn't require sideloading. I see that a classic installer is available but I've not tried it.

    Files • Download

    Files • Docs - Set Files as the default file manager

    I would suggest - don't replace File Explorer. Just use third party alternatives to browse and open files when you need other features.
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  4. Posts : 14,223
    Win10 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro and Home, Win7, Linux Mint
       #4

    Agreed, don't mess with File Explorer/Windows Explorer, it's pretty much the core of Windows. To show the implications, use Task Manager to End Task on File Explorer/Windows Explorer, only thing left on the screen is/are programs already running. Save any open documents first as it may be necessary to reboot. I hadn't rebooted in a couple days so did it just for this post.
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  5. Posts : 43,458
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #5

    but one that will activate when I click on a drive or folder shortcut and open up like regular Explorer did.
    Normally programs that support being a replacement for file explorer (well, most of the time) have an option to let you select that.
    DOpus (which I tried years ago) does.

    Xyplorer does too:
    Substitute for File Explorer other then Total Comander or Explorer++-1.jpg

    I.e. you need to find one that offers the option I've shown above, then use that option.
    Last edited by dalchina; 14 Feb 2023 at 08:27.
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  6. Posts : 27
    Win 7 Pro, maybe Win 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #6

    Thanks for all the responses. Let me digest all of this first.
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  7. Posts : 27
    Win 7 Pro, maybe Win 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #7

    Berton said:
    use Task Manager to End Task on File Explorer/Windows Explorer, only thing left on the screen is/are programs already running.
    But, using a run command can't you just restart FE like you could WE?
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  8. Posts : 43,458
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #8

    What Berton posted was just a demonstration of the effect of closing what is designated as Windows Explorer or File explorer as viewed in the task manager. How you close it is merely a matter of choice.

    And the comment was only for illustration.
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  9. Posts : 17,049
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
       #9

    videobruce said:
    I'm looking (in vain) for a close substitute for their File Explorer
    Bruce,

    It would help stimulate more pertinent replies if you said why you want to substitute something for File explorer i.e. what it is about File explorer that you want to be freed from.

    All the best,
    Denis
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  10. Posts : 14,223
    Win10 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro and Home, Win7, Linux Mint
       #10

    dalchina said:
    What Berton posted was just a demonstration of the effect of closing what is designated as Windows Explorer or File explorer as viewed in the task manager. How you close it is merely a matter of choice.

    And the comment was only for illustration.
    One thing I've learned since beginning work in a computer store and building computers is that there usually is at least 2 ways of accomplishing the same task in Windows.
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