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Windows 7: is Windows Explorer a defunct name?

07 Sep 2010   #1
broiyan

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 
is Windows Explorer a defunct name?

First there was Internet Explorer. Then there was Windows Explorer which is 5 syllables and too long for something that just does a "dir". Worse, it shares "Explorer" with the internet browser.

Since I don't see the name mentioned anymore, does the folder viewer no longer have a name and if not, when did it lose its name?


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07 Sep 2010   #2
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

AFAIK it's still called Windows Explorer...
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07 Sep 2010   #3
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Name may not show up when it is open, but it is still the in the Start menu,


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07 Sep 2010   #4
broiyan

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Hmm... a Canadian dominated thread. Way to go folks!
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07 Sep 2010   #5
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by broiyan View Post
First there was Internet Explorer. Then there was Windows Explorer which is 5 syllables and too long for something that just does a "dir". Worse, it shares "Explorer" with the internet browser. ...
I'd be willing to bet that first there was Windows Explorer and then came Internet Explorer.

Windows Explorer goes well beyond "just does a 'dir'." If all you use it for is for directory content, you're using only a small fraction of what it is capable of doing. It's a pretty powerful file manager with the ability to do virtually all the file management you ever need to do.
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07 Sep 2010   #6
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by strollin View Post
I'd be willing to bet that first there was Windows Explorer and then came Internet Explorer.
And the winner is... strollin. Give that man a cigar!

You are correct, if I'm not mistaken and my dementia isn't clouding my memory.
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07 Sep 2010   #7
broiyan

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Internet Explorer 1 was released on Aug 16, 1995 and Win 95 which was the first with Windows Explorer was released on Aug 24, 1995. So IE preceded but not by as much as I had thought.
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07 Sep 2010   #8
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Flip a coin Mellon Head, seeing as both came with Windows 95,

Internet Explorer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Internet Explorer 1 debuted on August 16, 1995. It was a reworked version of Spyglass Mosaic, which Microsoft had licensed, like many other companies initiating browser development, from Spyglass Inc. It came with Microsoft Plus! for Windows 95 and the OEM release of Windows 95. It was installed as part of the Internet Jumpstart Kit in Plus!.[10] The Internet Explorer team began with about six people in early development.
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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). It is sometimes referred to as the Windows Shell, explorer.exe, or simply “Explorer”.
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07 Sep 2010   #9
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I simply call it Explorer.
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07 Sep 2010   #10
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy13 View Post
Flip a coin Mellon Head, seeing as both came with Windows 95,
Heh heh. I did mention dementia, didn't I?

Oh wait... I can't remember now. :)

Thanks for the correction.
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