OldNewExplorer comes as an installable exe file that allows you to install one or more of the above mentioned features, and hence using it is extremely easy. You can also use the exe file to restore the Window 8.1 explorer to its previous look. Let’s take a closer look at OldNewExplorer for Windows 8.1 now.
Features of OldNewExplorer
When you download the OldNewExplorer from the link at the bottom of the article, you will be presented with a zipped file which will download to your device. Once you unzip the zipped folder, you will be presented with the following files.
In the above screen, you will be able to see two dll files, one readme file and one file named OldNewExplorerCfg.exe. This is the one that you need to use to apply changes to the file explorer. So head on over to it and double click it.
A dialog box as shown in screenshot 1 will pop up on your screen when you double click on the aforementioned file. In the dialog box, you can choose to select the options that you wish to apply to your explorer window. I selected the following options for my use.
You can customize the above options to your own liking. Once selected, click on Install. Now, the below two dialog boxes will appear one by one on your screen.
Click OK on both of them, and reboot your machine.
Before, my PC’s file explorer window looked like this…
Notice the cumulative drive grouping, ribbon UI and no details pane at the bottom. And after installing the patch, it looks like this…
As you can see, I have successfully removed the Ribbon UI from my system, and the drives are grouped now in a much better way, the hard drives being grouped together and removable drives being grouped separately. Overall, this app is clearly a great way to get back the feeling of using a Windows 7 device when you are actually using Window 8.1.
I love this little applet! There is nothing to hate about OldNewExplorer, and it works like a charm. I did not find any qualms with it at all, and it also earns some bonus points for simplicity as well! This is one of those apps which I would rate as a solid 5 out of 5!