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How would I replace default Windows Explorer with an alternative one, say Q-Dir?

I want to change the default file manager from Windows Explorer to Explorer XP. Is this possible? If the answer is "yes", how can I do this?

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What don't you like about W7 file manager? –  Moab Feb 14 '11 at 22:34

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Er, if you're asking about ExplorerXP then yes, it works fine. If you're are asking about Windows Explorer, from XP's version then Phoshi is correct. I guess to make it the default manager is to change the shell from explorer to explorerxp ?

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Hang on, he meant ExplorerXP? Well I'm wrong, then! –  Phoshi Nov 15 '09 at 15:56
    
Well he says "Default File Manager From Windows Explorer to Explorer XP" so I'm assuming he wants ExplorerXP. Either ways, he stands to gain. –  Sathya Nov 15 '09 at 16:38
    
I'm not really "in" the whole Explorer replacement scene, so had forgotten about ExplorerXP's existence. Sorry, ExplorerXp guys! :( –  Phoshi Nov 15 '09 at 20:10

No.

The XP version of explorer won't run on 7, but why would you want it to?
If you have problems with the 7 one, it'd be much easier to either work around, or fix them, than use XP's file manager. If you really hate the new one, though, there are alternatives, such as Total Commander.

Edit:If you meant ExplorerXP, as detailed in Sathya's answer, then Yes, yes you can.

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Thanks!........................... –  Shail Nov 15 '09 at 14:24
    
Note that explorer.exe manages also the Desktop. If you replaced it with another file manager, you loose the Desktop, unless the replacement also manages one on its own. –  Snark Nov 15 '09 at 17:53
    
Nah, you can use a replacement file manager without changing the shell, and vice versa. Takes a bit of trickery, but it's more than possible. –  Phoshi Nov 15 '09 at 20:10

You can change the entire shell, there are a few custom shells for windows. A good windows shell is the Cairo Shell. These replace the entire windows shell and give you an entire new user interface.

Cairo Shell: www.cairoshell.com

This doesn't change your operating system, but it does make it look entirely different. Cairo Shell is comparable to Gnome or KDE on linux distributions.

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CairoShell it's far from being ready and what i've seen so far didn't leave much of an impression. –  Molly7244 Nov 15 '09 at 17:19
    
True thing. I think it would be a great replacement in windows xp, but windows 7 had this dockbar which I find alot handier. That's one thing I miss in ubuntu; DockbarX isn't close to the windows 7 taskbar. –  Jeffrey Vandenborne Nov 15 '09 at 18:51
    
I like Emerge Desktop, for the sheer simplicity and modularity. Cairo left me a bit disappointed, especially seeing as I've been waiting for the public alpha for, what? A year now? More? –  Phoshi Nov 15 '09 at 20:11

Give Q-Dir a try, it can be configured as a single pane file manager if you wish.

http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/Q-Dir

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Frequently asked questions about Q-Dir

http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=faq-Q-DIR&faq=0

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