Original Windows File Manager (winfile) with enhancements
The Windows File Manager lives again and runs as a native x86 and x64 desktop app on all currently supported version of Windows, including Windows 10. I welcome your thoughts, comments and suggestions.
There are two primary versions of the source code in the master branch:
original_plus tag: refers to the source for WinFile as of Windows NT4 with minimal changes so that it compiles with Visual Studio and runs on current Windows.
current master: contains my personal changes / additions to WinFile.
I will consider bugs fixes and suggestions for minor changes to the master branch. Feel free to create a pull request or post issues as you see fit.
I will not be changing the original_plus sources nor creating other branches for other purposes. You are welcome to do that on your own.
If you are running Windows 10, you can download the app from the store
If you just want to download the WinFile application without worrying about compiling from the source code, we have a number of precompiled versions available.
Please select the version which you would like to download.
To see more release binaries, including of older versions, see the releases page.
The Windows File manager was originally released with Windows 3.0 in the early 1990s. You can read more about the history at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FileManager(Windows).
Thanks to @Speps for the link; not sure who uploaded the image to Wikimedia.
The source code provided here (in the
srcdirectory) was copied from the Windows NT 4 source tree in November 2007. The tag named original_plus contains a very limited set of modifications from the original sources to enable
WinFile.exeto run on current Windows. The most significant changes are:
The help directory contains both winfile.hlp and winfile.chm. Winfile.hlp was in the NT4 source tree, but does not work on Windows 10 any more. Winfile.chm was copied from a regular installation of Windows 98 and works on Windows 10. As is,
WinFile.exetries to launch winfile.hlp which fails.
To create your own local branch referring to this release, run
git checkout -b original_plus.
The master branch contains changes I have made since 2007. The changes have been solely determined by my needs and personal use. Some of the changes have limitations that fit the way I use the tool. For example, the path index which supports the new goto command only contains information for the c: drive.
I have also not redesigned or restructured WinFile in any major way.
Version v10.0 represents the entire set of changes from Nov. 2007 until this OSS project was created. For changes post v10.0, see the commit and release history.
In summary v10.0 has the following changes/new features compared to original_plus:
copy) instead of changing drives
ctrl+X) followed by paste (
ctrl+V) translates into a file move as one would expect
ctrl+Kstarts a command shell (ConEmu if installed) in the current directory;
shift+ctrl+Kstarts an elevated command shell (
ctrl+G) enables one to type a few words of a path and get a list of directories; selecting one changes to that directory. Only drive c: is indexed.
You can read the code for more details.
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If you are interested in contributing and/or suggesting changes to the actual application, you might find it helpful to read this post first.
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