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Windows 7: FREE Great Programs for Windows 7

08 Feb 2010   #821

Windows 7
Windows Explorer Replacement

I have been looking at Windows Explorer replacements and I noticed you didn't have any on your list.

The trick was finding a good free one that looks nice and works well - and has features the regular Explorer does not. I think I have found one.

It's called Explorer + + .

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

I like it because it has tabbed browsing. Tabs in explorer helps make navigating through lots of windows much easier and smoother.


" Explorer++ is a free multi-tab file manager for Windows. Available on Windows XP and above, it features the same familiar interface as Windows Explorer, while introducing several enhancements and improvements for a much richer file browsing experience.

  • With the option to save to the registry or a configuration file, Explorer++ is completely portable.
  • Tabbed browsing for easy management of multiple folders.
  • Display window shows previews of files as they are selected.
  • Easy-to-remember keyboard shortcuts for quick navigation.
  • Customizable user interface.
  • Full drag-and-drop support with other applications, including Windows Explorer.
  • Advanced file operations such as merging and splitting supported. "

It comes in a 32 bit and 64 bit version.

This program is now Open Source so you can expect it to be around a while with good community support.

This program is a standalone application - no install needed.

This app does not replace your existing Explorer or make changes to windows. There may be a way to integrate this into Windows so you can use it as your default Explorer. I am looking into it.

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08 Feb 2010   #822

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Thank you Dark Phoenix. They are both added. :)
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09 Feb 2010   #823

windows 7

DVd dycryptor if it isnt on the list. Works well, Opera 10 as well, and wintvr.
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09 Feb 2010   #824

Win7 Pro 64

i have this program on win x64 although it's normally for x86 and it rocks.
if u have a lot of icons like me you can put them into 1 icon and if u cilck it, a list pops up from the 7 taskbar and it's raelly useful, cool and like Mac

it's called 7stack :)
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09 Feb 2010   #825

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Joseph,

Thank you, but we do have 7stacks listed already. :)
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10 Feb 2010   #826

Win7 Pro 64

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10 Feb 2010   #827

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

LOL, no problem. :)
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10 Feb 2010   #828

Windows 7 32 bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
Here's another one of mine. It's just a hotkey handler called Half Shell for 64 bit Windows Seven and Vista. Select folders in the 64 bit Explorer and hit Shift-Enter to open the folders in the 32 bit Explorer. This way many 32 bit Windows Shell Extensions will work. It's freeware. It got a nice write-up here:

Open 32-Bit Windows Explorer Folder In Windows 7 64-Bit

You can always download the latest version from my site on this page:

Just scroll about half way down and you'll see the link for Half Shell

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btw, I've just found out Microsoft has changed the behavior of Windows 7 64 bit since the beta in a way that kills this work-around. From what I can gather, when you launch the 32 bit shell in SysWow64, it immediately launches a 64 bit shell, then quits. Huh? Don't ask me why. But I've gotten reports Half Shell does not work in Windows Seven 64 bit retail. I've changed the documentation to label it as a Vista64 only utility.

It's a shame because it was an easy work-around that allowed many 32 bit shell extensions to work in 64 bit Windows 7.

Anyway, all I can tell you is it works on my Vista64 SP1 still.

yet another edit: I've asked a few people with Windows7 64 bit retail to try Half Shell. Some say it works perfectly, others not at all. I suspect it may be the build or some update or fix that changes if the shell launched is 32 bit or 64 bit. I guess I'll have to leave it as Vista64, may or may not work on your particular edition of Windows Seven 64 bit. Try it and see is all I know so far.
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12 Feb 2010   #829
Mr Smiley


Hi Shawn my dear friend!

Would you like to add the three following free programs to the evergrowing list:

1. "Express Burn" by NCH Software

Express Burn - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET

Express Burn you create and record MP3/WAV formats to CD in Windows for free. With Express Burn you can record a CD quickly and easily by dragging the files you want onto the Express Burn icon and clicking 'Burn'. The software then does the rest, including converting the files to .cda. Audio is recorded with direct digital recording (so perfect audio quality is maintained). Audio CD burning supports wav, mp3, wma, au, aiff, ra, ogg, flac, aac and a number of other audio file formats. Can burn audio CDs in seamlessly mode (with no pause between tracks). Normalize audio volume of tracks. Supports multi session recording to Audio CD. Records CD Recordable (CDR) and CD Re-recordable (CDRW) discs. Features a trial of Paid functionality - Video DVD Authoring and Data DVD Recording.

2. "Express Rip" by NCH Software

Express Rip - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET

Express Rip lets you extract digital-audio tracks directly from audio CDs to either WAV or MP3 files free on your hard drive. Extract audio from CDs to WAV or MP3 for free. Save track information or 'tags' (including title, artist, album and more) to MP3 files or create custom information. Save tags to wave files using the CART and BWF methods. This is one of the few CD rippers that can do this. Automatically link to an online database to obtain track and album name information. Complete control over MP3 encoding, including constant and variable modes at selectable bit rates. The program can be run from the command line for integration with other applications (Plus version).

3. "Accord CD Ripper Free" by Accmeware

Accord CD Ripper Free - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET

Rip audio CD tracks to WAV, MP3. Incredibly fast CD ripping. Fully optimized for SSE/Hyper thread technology and get extra speed boost on multiprocessor systems. Retrieve album info from remote and local CDDB (Compact Disc Database) servers. CDDB info can be edited/revised/saved. On-the-fly ripping, no temporary file generated. Elegant and intuitive user interface, very easy to use. Write metadata of the output audio files and create M3U playlist file. Build-in latest Lame MP3 encoder which is generally believed as the the best MP3 encoder in the world. Plain audio CD Player.

Hope you and your family are all keeping well mate.

Warmest Regards

My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Feb 2010   #830

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 - OEM Service Pack 1

Here are some great little programs Brink :) Thanks to Laura for finding them :)

System utilities, password recovery and network tools, miscellaneous software with source code
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