Windows Explorer (renamed to File Explorer in Windows 8) is the file manager that comes with Windows and is not to be confused with Internet Explorer which is Windows' default Web browser.

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Running Windows Explorer from Windows 2000 under Windows 7

I am totally fed up with that handicapped deformity called "Windows Explorer" under Windows 7. Is there a way to start Windows Explorer from Win 2000 (both the panel and the file manager) under ...
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How to change the location of details pane in Windows 8 file explorer (to left side)

I have been looking for a way to change the location of details pane in Windows 8 file explorer. All I've found is how to show it on bottom just like Windows 7. But I want to move it to the left side ...
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Windows 7 Explorer start path

Is there a way how I can, similar to XP, change the starting folder for all Users on a Windows 7 box? I have found this entry for XP and also an approach for Windows 7. Additionally I have even ...
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A folder misbehaving on windows 7

I have a single folder that is exhibiting some strange behavior in the explorer my directory looks something like this Documents/Parent/StrangeFolder/ChildFolders When I try to open any of the ...
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Windows conncetions to ISP provider [on hold]

Could anybody provide a bit more information as to why Windows (8.1 Home's explorer process) would need a direct connection to one of my ISP provider's machines? I asked the provider for help but all ...
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Use a label or tag system instead of a path system for Windows files

Is there any way to use a label or tag system (like Gmail) instead of the path system (Explorer) that Windows 7 uses? I have files that I want to be able to find from multiple directories without ...
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Windows Explorer Does Not Include Hidden Files' Size When Calculating Folder Size

It seems Windows Explorer does not include the sizes of "hidden" files when calculating the parent folder size, even when I check "Show hidden files, folders, and drives" in the "Folder and Search ...
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How to link to desktop and have windows explorer use the path?

I want to add a link to the desktop to windows explorer's favorites menu that will use the path C:\Users\fred\Desktop instead of Desktop. One small advantage of this is the ability to go Up one level. ...
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Make Windows 8.1 File Explorer open in “This PC” view

Up until the recent Windows 8.1 update, I used this guide and it worked flawlessly: ...
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How Search File Content in Windows 8 File Explorer?

I'm stumped as to how the search function is Windows 8 File Explorer is supposed to work. I'm trying to search the content of some text files under a sub-folder of My Documents. In File Explorer ...
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windows 7: drop-down open-with on commandbar?

I've just read this (great stuff!) but it looks like it's an application launcher, as oppose to a contextual-application-launcher, that's dynamically updating to reflect the options available at the ...
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How to set path to Windows 7 default icons using explorer?

I need to set up a icon in Ultimate Windows Context Menu Customizer for restart function. Program ask to select icon. I need to select appropriate icon which is provided with Windows 7 DLL libraries. ...
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Open specific folder/path in Explorer with run dialog

I want to set up a way to open some path with the run diaglog (Windows + R). Let's say I type in repo and windows would open a explorer in C:\foo\bar\svn. Is there a better way than creating a ...
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C:\Users now reads C:\Google Drive

During a change of the folder location for Google Drive, Explorer crashed and when the dust cleared the "C:\Users" directory was now renamed to "C:\Google Drive". To add insult to injury, the folder ...
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Where does Internet Explorer store the last used upload directory?

I have an image of a user's hard drive from which I need to recover some photos, but I don't know the file names or directory they are stored in. The photos are not in any of the typical profile ...
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How to get rid of “Folders” and “Network locations” links in Explorer in Windows 8.1?

Let me explain with a couple of screenshots. I just upgraded from Windows 8 to 8.1 and now I get a bunch of useless shortcuts in Windows Explorer when I try to open a file, or if I just plainly go to ...
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How to reset the look of .htm file icon?

My htm/html files saved on the desktop in Windows 8 looked like this: Now when I upgraded to Windows 8.1 they look like this: How can I return their previous look? PS. I went as far as tried to ...
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Switching to the File-In-Use dialog with the keyboard?

In Windows Vista and up, when you try to move, delete, or rename a file that is locked, Explorer will display a File In Use dialog that lets you Retry or Cancel. The problem is that this dialog is ...
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Win Explorer shortcut to expand folder in navigation pane

Is there a shortcut ( or a setting ) to expand the navigation pane folders to the currently open folder in the right pane ? I seem to recall Win2K and maybe XP era explorer did that automatically, but ...
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Can you make Windows 7 not localize folder names?

I am running preinstalled Windows 7 Home Premium (Nordic, in Finnish for me). My C:\ folder of course has the Users folder, but its name is in Finnish. Clicking on the folder name in Explorer shows ...
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Replace OneDrive with Dropbox in Windows 8.1

I was wondering if you can replace OneDrive with Dropbox. It looks like this right now: I would like Dropbox to appear where OneDrive is now, and perhaps uninstall and completely remove OneDrive. ...
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Suspend explorer.exe rather than killing the process

Because my favorite game StarCraft looks rather ugly (colors are broken) on new versions on windows, I use a batch file to kill explorer and make the game look normal: rem Kill the explorer process ...
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How to prevent Windows Explorer from slowly reading file content to create metadata?

We have directories containing hundreds of video files. When using Windows Explorer (Windows 7 64 Pro) to browse and rearrange these directories, Explorer slows down to an unusable level, uses ...
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What's the executable for the Windows 8.1 desktop shell?

I have a dedicated machine that I use as Steam Box, it loads steam.exe in Big Picture mode on boot for a kiosk-ish like boot. In Windows 7 when I needed to use the desktop I could Ctrl-Alt-Del then ...
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Windows 7 - Show thumbnails for special image formats

I have several images on my computer some of them are in special image formats like .hdr, .exr, .tif. WIndows shows thumbnails previews for common image formats only, e.g .jpg, .png. How can I get ...
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External USB drive not in File Explorer but shows in Disk Management

Freecom 500GB USB drive does not appear in File Explorer on Windows 8 when powering up (drive already plugged in). Disk however DOES appear in "Safely Remove Hardware". Immediately upon clicking ...
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SHCreateStreamOnFileEX thread in explorer.exe using high cpu

My computer: Dell, i5 2410m CPU , Windows 8 OS Symptoms: -when windows explorer is running, high (~ 40 % ) CPU usage. -explorer, or the desktop does not refresh automtically What I've found ...
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Can an administrator of a Windows domain see a user's password?

I'm in a corporate domain. My computer has Windows 7 and Office 2007, so I guess that the server is running Windows Server 2008 or something similar. I am allowed to change the password of my computer ...
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Can't copy or delete certain files and explorer.exe uses over 50% CPU

Not sure what to do. I can't copy, overwrite or delete certain files in certain locations, like the desktop. They look like they are copying or deleting but the get stuck at 0%. Also, explorer.exe ...
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Speedier File Access in Window Manager/File Explorer when File Names have Similar Starts

I was wondering both from a Windows [7] and a GNU-Linux system set-up perspective: When you are opening files in the File Explorer/Window Manager and you type in the first letters in the file's name ...
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Windows Explorer crashes on right click or startup

I am having problems using Windows Explorer on Windows 8. Whenever I start the program from the taskbar, it immediately crashes. However, I can gain access to it by opening it with any folder (e.g. ...
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Libaries and Windows Update not responding at startup

I have a weird problem with my computer, it came out of nowhere. When my computer starts up, all libraries(and the locations of it) do not respond. You can click on it and browse it, but it won't ...
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How can I find the original name of a renamed mapped network drive?

I have renamed some mapped network drives in Windows 7 Explorer window to make them easier to identify. But how can I find out what the original names (i.e. the server name) were?
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Context menu for new file with template

Is it possible to add a new entry in the context menu New which will generate a file based on a fixed template? For example: I'd like to create a new html file where its content should be: ...
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Windows 7: how to search files if the search bar is disabled?

On my Windows 7 system the file manager looks the following way: It fully satisfies me except I cannot search for files and folders. What can be done to workaround this problem? Can the file ...
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Explorer.exe switches

Is there a way to open, for example, Wireless Network Connection Status window using explorer.exe with some switch? When I open that window manually and trace the process in the Task Manager, it ...
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How can I create a shell context menu like “Play to”? (Dynamic add items)

I spent 3 hours googling but not answer... I am noob to windows, and i am creating app that sends files over wifi to nearby devices.I am detecting devices using broadcast. I need context menu item ...
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How does Windows determine the order in which to copy files?

This relates to copying files by dragging and dropping in Windows Explorer. Imagine you have a directory containing a series of files with names like Document01, Document02, Document03 ... and so on. ...
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Windows Update folder crashes Windows Explorer when I click it

I have a problem with my pc. Every time I go to control panel and click Windows Update, a window appears and says: Windows Explorer has stopped working, restarting Windows Explorer. I don't know ...
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Copying File lists from Explorer (Windows XP) to MS Word document

I have a long list of research papers listed as files in Explorer. Is there a less tedious way of listing these in a Word document than opening each one and using copy/paste?
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Windows 7 keyboard shortcut to open while closing explorer window

I traverse windows explorer mostly through the keyboard and can open the current file by just pressing return. That leaves the windows explorer window open which leads to clutter. My current ...
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How do I replace the windows explorer shell with some image during boot?

When I start the computer instead of opening explorer.exe I need to put some image or blank screen. In registry if I change shell value in HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon ...
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Unable to access WD external drive

Basically the HDD started acting weird (couldnt access files on it) and event viewer was flooded with "bad block" reports. Now the HDD cant be accessed at all. It shows up in windows explorer when ...
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Desktop icons refresh when add a new Favourite to Internet Explorer 9

Vista home premium edition (32) Desktop HP Pavilion, 2 CPU, 4GB memory After adding a new favorite, especially if it has a favicon, all desktop icons refresh. As you might know, it is not a tragedy, ...
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How can I search for files that are either compressed or uncompressed in Windows Explorer?

I know that Windows explorer can colorize the NTFS compression state of a file, in both the regular and search views. How can I specifically filter/search for files that are compressed or ...
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Make Windows Explorer to have 3D borders

In previous versions of Windows (95 - Xp) the borders of the file and tree panes in Windows Explorer were 3D. In Vista and Win7 the are not. Is there a way to make the borders 3D when using Classic ...
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Show “Go” menu item in Windows Explorer

In previous versions of Windows, Windows Explorer had the "Go" menu item in the pull-down menus (between "Edit" and "View"). In Windows 7 there is no such item. Is it possible to restore it?
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Inheritance system for folders (symlinks?)

Okay, here's the scenario. I have a base folder "Base" that has a blank, multipurpose template. However, this template is 12 gigabytes. I want to be able to have an inheritance system where linked ...
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Windows explorer does not show devices

When I open the first explorer, no devices are shown. Only the tree on the left. Every explorer I open after that almost ever shows all devices. The problem is reproducible. The problem occurs after ...
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Explorer stops responding when opening Git Bash

When I open Git Bash from the Explorer context menu, Explorer stops responding, regardless whether the folder is a Git folder. Immediately when I close Git Bash, Explorer starts to respond again. My ...