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Windows 7: How to change the default file manager?


24 Mar 2011   #1

Win7-64
 
 
How to change the default file manager?

I've been using XYPlorer as a replacement for the standard Windows file manager for a while, and I want to use it exclusively. It has a lot of features, but a primary advantage is that you can open several folders at once with a tabbed interface and just one instance of the file manager, rather than having a bunch of Windows Explorer instances running at once.

My problem is that I have a lot of applications that open folders, and they always use the standard Windows Explorer to do it.

Are there any registry settings that I can change to make XYPlorer my default file manager?


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24 Mar 2011   #2
Ivo

Windows 7 Home 64, Vista Ultimate 64
 
 

It depends on the application. If it explicitly runs explorer.exe, I'm afraid there is nothing you can do. If it opens the folder using the default handler, maybe tweaking HKCR\Folder\shell\explore and HKCR\Folder\shell\open can help.

BTW, QTTabBar gives you tabs in Windows Explorer. I don't use it myself, but lots of people swear by it.
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26 Mar 2011   #3

Win7-64
 
 

Thanks for the response. I don't see any obvious way to change those keys to what I want, so I guess I'm stuck.
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26 Mar 2011   #4

Win7-64
 
 

In case anyone else has the same need, here is what I found. This worked for me with XYPlorer. Please note all the caveats about what can happen if you mess up the registry. I recommend taking a system restore point before doing anything else.

"It can be done, but you need to edit the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow the steps below carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it.

To make XYplorer your default file manager follow these steps:

Copy and then paste the following script (between the lines of ***) to an editor. Now you have to adjust the path specs to your XYplorer install path (on x64 it might be C:\\Program Files (x86)\\XYplorer\\XYplorer.exe). Then save the file as Filename.reg. Double-click Filename.reg to run this registry script. XYplorer should now be the default file manager.

****
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell]
@="XYplorer"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell\XYplorer]
@="Open in XYplorer"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell\XYplorer\command]
@="\"C:\\Program Files\\XYplorer\\XYplorer.exe\" %1"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell]
@="XYplorer"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\XYplorer]
@="Open in XYplorer"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\XYplorer\command]
@="\"C:\\Program Files\\XYplorer\\XYplorer.exe\" %1"
****

To undo the registry changes above use this script:

****
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell]
@="none"

[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell\XYplorer]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell]
@="none"

[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\XYplorer]
****
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27 Mar 2011   #5

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Explorer++ will replace explorer automatically for you, it also has tabs etc.



Explorer++ - A small and fast file manager for Windows

<http://www.explorerplusplus.com/>

Regards....Mike Connor
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