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File Explorer

File Explorer, previously known as Windows Explorer, is a file manager application that is included...

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File Explorer, previously known as Windows Explorer, is a file manager application that is included with releases of the Microsoft Windows operating system from Windows 95 onwards. It provides a graphical user interface for accessing the file systems. It is also the component of the operating system that presents many user interface items on the monitor such as the taskbar and desktop. Controlling the computer is possible without Windows Explorer running (for example, the File | Run command in Task Manager on NT-derived versions of Windows will function without it, as will commands typed in a command prompt window). Located in the C:\Windows directory, it is sometimes referred to as the Windows shell, explorer.exe, or simply "Explorer". More Info »


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Link to official File Explorer site

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File Explorer (sometimes referred to as Explorer, Windows Explorer) was added by olaj in Mar 2009 and the lastest update was made in Aug 2015. There is a history of activites on File Explorer in our Change Log and Activity Log. It's possible to update the information on File Explorer or report it as discontinued, duplicated or spam. If you want a nice widget to put on your website check these out.

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Explorer is an Abomination

Negative Comment by PeterSavin about File Explorer Sep 2014

I will never use it again. This idiotic shell will no longer have any power over me, over my day, over my health and my workflow. Ever.


It worked well enough but every once in a while for me on ME XP and Vista.. Explorer would crash, and I would have to forcibly shut down my computer to fix it. Although I really do like some of the things that it has, it would cause problems sometimes.


It often crashes for me in Windows 7, too, probably due to buggy thumbnailers or something. I will drag a file and it will stop moving and then I know it's going to crash soon.