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Windows 7: Is there a way to make the XP-style file picker the default in Win7?

03 May 2014   #1

Windows 7
Is there a way to make the XP-style file picker the default in Win7?

The XP-style file picker is included in Win7 and is used by some applications and in compatibility mode. I wonder how can I force it to all programs? possibly some registry hacking?

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03 May 2014   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 10 Pro x64

File picker???
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03 May 2014   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I suppose you're refering to the dialogs to open and save files right? (file open/save standard common dialogs):

The "default" is something like this:
Is there a way to make the XP-style file picker the default in Win7?-win7-dialog.png

While you want this:
Is there a way to make the XP-style file picker the default in Win7?-winxp-dialog.png

As far as I know, it's the each application itself that decides which style to use. Compatibility mode will trick the program into thinking that it's running on XP, thereby forcing into XP-style.
I'm not aware of a global method of forcing everything to use those, no idea if something like that does even exists. I will also like to know one, but doubt it's possible.

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03 May 2014   #4

Windows 7

Yes, this is exactly what I want. I would be OK with deleting/renaming some files or making registy changes.
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