Get Windows 7 Style Classic Explorer Features in “This PC” in Windows 8 and Later
There are many people who complain about various new features or changes made by Microsoft in its latest OS Windows 8.1. Some of them are as following:
- Single "Devices and Drives" group by type in Windows Explorer
- Addition of 6 annoying folders in Windows Explorer
- Addition of Ribbon instead of Command bar
- Moving Details pane to right-side of Windows Explorer
Lets discuss all above mentioned points in details!
Issue 1: In Windows 8.1, Microsoft has combined "Hard Disk Drives" and "Devices with Removable Storage" sections in Windows Explorer or "This PC". In previous Windows versions, hard disk partitions used to show in "Hard Disk Drives" section and CD/DVD drives, USB drives used to show in "Devices with Removable Storage" section. In Windows 8.1 Explorer all drives are shown under a single section "Devices and Drives".
Its very annoying to many people and we have discussed it recently in following topic:
Issue 2: Second issue is the unnecessary addition of 6 new folders Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures and Videos in Windows 8.1 Explorer. These 6 folders are shown at the top in Windows 8.1 Explorer and many people don't like it. We have shared this issue and a working solution in following tutorial:
Issue 3: Third issue is related to the addition of Office 2013 style ribbon UI in Windows 8.1 Explorer. The ribbon UI was added first in Windows 8 Explorer. Many people still prefer Windows 7 style Command bar and they want a way to remove ribbon from Windows 8.1 Explorer and bring back Command bar. We have shared a few tricks to remove ribbon UI and restore command bar in Windows 8/8.1 Explorer in following topics:
Issue 4: Last issue is related to Details pane also known as Common Tasks area or Shellstyle. In Windows 7, Details pane was placed at bottom of Windows Explorer but Microsoft moved it to right-side of Explorer in Windows 8/8.1. There are many Windows users who want to move Details pane back to bottom in Windows 8/8.1 Explorer.
If you are also among those people who don't like these changes and want to bring Windows 7 style classic features back in Windows 8/8.1 or Windows 10 Explorer, this topic will definitely please you.
Today in this topic, we are going to share a new free and portable software for Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10 users which will fix all these issues and annoyances as shown in following screenshot:
"OldNewExplorer" or O-N-E is a free and portable Windows Explorer tweaking utility created by "Tihiy" @ MSFN forums which allows you to:
- Restore Windows 7 style devices and drives grouping in Windows 8.1 Explorer
- Restore default libraries and remove 6 folders from Windows 8.1 Explorer
- Restore Command bar and remove Ribbon from Windows 8/8.1 Explorer
- Move Details pane back to bottom in Windows 8/8.1 Explorer
- Enable/disable Status bar in Windows 8/8.1 Explorer
- Change appearance/color of Command bar and Status bar in Windows 8/8.1 Explorer
Using this free tool is very easy. You just need to run its EXE file, check/uncheck desired options and click on "Install" button. That's it. It'll immediately apply the changes.
In future if you want to restore default functionality of Windows Explorer, run the tool again, check/uncheck desired options and click on "Uninstall" button.
Interested people can download the tool from following link:
PS: It seems the official website is down at the moment. Interested people can download the software using following direct download link:
Thanks to our readers "ZerO", "zydrius32" and "Pushkar Gogte" for sharing it...
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