[TOOL] Explorer/FileManager Replacement for Windows 10 x64

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pOpY
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[TOOL] Explorer/FileManager Replacement for Windows 10 x64

#1 Post by pOpY » 25.01.2017, 21:28

Hey guys.

i have written a small shell folder wrapper for WIndows 10 x64 and FreeCommander.
With this you can open every folder in FC with the default open action (double click) but also control panel works as it should.

From the readme:

Code: Select all

FreeCommander Control Panel Explorer Wrapper v1.0.0.3

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Information:
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This small EXE written in .NET handles all clicked/opened folders from windows (incl. control panel links).
It checks if opened path is a clsid (guid = special windows folder like control panel elements).
All clsid's will be opened with explorer all other with FreeCommander.
There is also a blacklist feature. All blacklisted clsid's will NOT be opened with explorer.
They will be opened with FreeCommander.
See FC_CP_Explorer_Wrapper.exe.config
The default blacklist values will open "Control panel" & "This PC" itself in FC and all sub folders in explorer.

What does it different to FreeCommander's implementation?
FC implementation in "Settings > Shell Menu -> Folder" adds an popup menu entry to every folder.
So you have to click right mouse button to the folder and select "Open with FreeCommander".
With my wrapper you can just double click every folder, and it will open in FC,
BUT every special folder like submenu points of control panel will open in explorer as usual :-)

I'll hope FC gets a better integration into windows sometimes :-)

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Changelog:
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20.03.2019 - v1.0.0.3:  Changed: Removed some guids to open in explorer rather than FC (thos which was not correctly displayed)
                        Added:   Configurable Command Line Params in FC_CP_Explorer_Wrapper.exe.config, default "/C /T /R=" (= open in new tab)
                                 Ex.: Change to "/N /T /R=" to open an new instance everytime
18.04.2017 - v1.0.0.2:  Complete rewrite in .NET. You need at least .net framework 4.5
14.04.2017 - v1.1:      Clicked path will be opened in new tab on the left pane instead of overwriting current tab
25.01.2017 - v1.0:      Initial Release


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Installation (Tested on X64 OS):
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1) If you want to copy the files in other directory than "C:\Program Files\FreeCommander XE"
   Adjust the path in Folder_Shell_fc_cp_explorer_wrapper.reg and the FreeCommanderExe entry in FC_CP_Explorer_Wrapper.exe.config
2) Copy fc_cp_explorer_wrapper.exe & FC_CP_Explorer_Wrapper.exe.config to C Drive, ex.:
   "C:\Program Files\FreeCommander XE"
3) Double click "Folder_Shell_fc_cp_explorer_wrapper.reg" and import changes to registry
4) You are done :-) Ex.: When you now double click an folder on desktop, FC will open.
   If you enter "control panel" in cortana searchbox and press enter, FC should open.
   When you double click an item (ex.: power options), explorer should open.

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Uninstall (Tested on X64 OS):
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1) Remove the files which you copied to C drive
2) Double click and import "Folder_Shell_Explorer_default.reg" into registry
3) You are done :-)

Here is the download link (inkl. sourcecode): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Rd3u1j ... sp=sharing


I'll hope FC gets a better integration into windows sometimes :-)

Have fun
pOpY
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wrbird
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Re: [TOOL] Explorer/FileManager Replacement for Windows 10 x

#2 Post by wrbird » 22.03.2017, 18:31

Thanks for this input. I updated the path for my FreeCommander and double clicked on the reg file but I get an error stating it's not a valid registry script. Also, what is this line: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Folder\shell\FreeCommander]
@="Öffnen mit FreeCommander"
It doesn't look like it's in English.

Please let me know because I also need to have FreeCommander replace Win10 file manager.

Thanks

pOpY
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Re: [TOOL] Explorer/FileManager Replacement for Windows 10 x

#3 Post by pOpY » 22.03.2017, 19:42

Hey wrbird.

Just double checked the "Folder_Shell_fc_cp_explorer_wrapper.reg" file and it works like it should for me.
Extract the zip and double click "Folder_Shell_fc_cp_explorer_wrapper.reg" -> confirm -> done.
This works for me.

Maybe you have messed up something in the file so windows doesnt recognize it as reg file?

Please try again the install instructions.

pOpY

PS: if it doesnt work, zip your reg file and upload it for me, so i can have a look.

pOpY
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Re: [TOOL] Explorer/FileManager Replacement for Windows 10 x

#4 Post by pOpY » 14.04.2017, 06:59

New Version published:

14.04.2017 - v1.1: Clicked path will be opened in new tab on the left pane instead of overwriting current tab

pOpY
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Re: [TOOL] Explorer/FileManager Replacement for Windows 10 x

#5 Post by pOpY » 19.04.2017, 18:12

New version published. Changelog:

18.04.2017 - v1.0.0.2: Complete rewrite in .NET. You need at least .net framework 4.5

Its faster now with .NET. Source is included!

valvaris
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Re: [TOOL] Explorer/FileManager Replacement for Windows 10 x64

#6 Post by valvaris » 03.01.2018, 14:50

Have to say great tool :D Works like a charm...

Many thanks
Val.

pOpY
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Re: [TOOL] Explorer/FileManager Replacement for Windows 10 x64

#7 Post by pOpY » 08.01.2018, 19:34

Nice to hear, that it works for you.

@marek: It would be so nice if FC will get some sort of implementation in a future update.

thx
pOpY

kblank89
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Re: [TOOL] Explorer/FileManager Replacement for Windows 10 x64

#8 Post by kblank89 » 22.01.2018, 17:19

@pOpY - awesome work. created an account just to say thanks!

@wrbird - included reg also gave me some error. I just copied and pasted the contents into a new .reg file and it worked fine. (also switched the German to English)

pOpY
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Re: [TOOL] Explorer/FileManager Replacement for Windows 10 x64

#9 Post by pOpY » 23.01.2018, 16:41

Nice to hear that it works for you :D

pOpY

pingping
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Re: [TOOL] Explorer/FileManager Replacement for Windows 10 x64

#10 Post by pingping » 20.04.2018, 13:54

hellow,pOpY.Thanks for you supply!
i have a question that what should i do if i don't wanna open file with FC anymore.
thanks!

pOpY
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Re: [TOOL] Explorer/FileManager Replacement for Windows 10 x64

#11 Post by pOpY » 21.04.2018, 09:59

pingping wrote:
20.04.2018, 13:54
hellow,pOpY.Thanks for you supply!
i have a question that what should i do if i don't wanna open file with FC anymore.
thanks!
Just doulble click the file "Folder_Shell_Explorer_default.reg" and select yes.

pOpY

reciclink
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Re: [TOOL] Explorer/FileManager Replacement for Windows 10 x64

#12 Post by reciclink » 28.06.2018, 13:15

Salve,
sapete se funziona anche con Windows 8.1?

Hi,
you know if it also works with Windows 8.1?

k_koester
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Re: [TOOL] Explorer/FileManager Replacement for Windows 10 x64

#13 Post by k_koester » 18.03.2019, 12:01

Thanks...
Works fine without bugs until now. :)
FC is installed in the default folder.

Im using:
FreeCommander XE 2019 Build 794 64-bit donor
Windows 10 Pro Version 1809 (Build 17763.379)

pOpY
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Re: [TOOL] Explorer/FileManager Replacement for Windows 10 x64

#14 Post by pOpY » 18.03.2019, 13:47

k_koester wrote:
18.03.2019, 12:01
Thanks...
Works fine without bugs until now. :)
FC is installed in the default folder.

Im using:
FreeCommander XE 2019 Build 794 64-bit donor
Windows 10 Pro Version 1809 (Build 17763.379)
Thanks for your feedback.

pietro_vignali
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Re: [TOOL] Explorer/FileManager Replacement for Windows 10 x

#15 Post by pietro_vignali » 30.03.2019, 09:46

pOpY wrote:
14.04.2017, 06:59
New Version published:

14.04.2017 - v1.1: Clicked path will be opened in new tab on the left pane instead of overwriting current tab
First of all I need to say thank you for this extremly helpful tool.
I love Freecommander and I hate Windows File Manager as it got worst in every version from Windows 7 onward.
I use Freecommander as Filemanager replacement also in a Window Server 2016 environment and thanks to this delicious tool it works perfectly.

I have just a question: is it possible to change the behaviour and OPEN each NEW PATH as a NEW INSTANCE of Freecommander instead of a NEW TAB ?

Thanks a lot
Pietro

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