Very recently, Microsoft has released its brand new, more modern file explorer, to use the term editor. This is for now Windows 10X, a version of Windows 10 specially designed for dual screen devices. But there are ways to install the new file explorer on a classic Windows 10. Here's how to do it.
Last February, Microsoft released its Windows 10X emulator, which launches the new operating system within Windows 10. Primarily intended for developers, it offers a good way to get acquainted with the new OS and with some of the features and new design of Windows 10X, which will most certainly arrive on the classic version of Windows 10 in the coming months.
Earlier this week, Microsoft also released the new Windows 10X file explorer. If it is less provided than the usual explorer, it is however simpler and clearer use. The good news is that this one isn't just for this version of the OS. It is also possible to enjoy it under the classic version of Windows 10. This is not a substitute for Windows 10 file explorer and does not allow you to navigate the entire tree structure of your hard drive.
Warning and prerequisites for installing the new explorer on Windows 10
First, note that the procedure described below is not official. The installation of the new explorer requires a pack of files which come from the Russian site Thecommunity. We analyzed the behavior of these files, also submitted them to Windows Defender and Bitdefender antivirus, and we found nothing suspicious in the end. But we cannot guarantee that the method described below is 100% secure, even if it is taken up by American sites which are well established, such as MSPoweruser.
Second, the installation requires two conditions:
- you must have a version of Windows 10 in 64 bits
- you have to be connected to your OneDriv accounte within the classic OneDrive application (the one that installs by default on Windows 10)
Voila, that's all for now, we can go.
How to take advantage of the new file explorer on Windows 10
- Since start button Windows 10, click on the icon Parameters or press the keys simultaneously (Windows) + (I).
- Then go to Update and security, then on Developers area.
- In the game Developer mode, set the cursor to Activ.
- You will be asked for permission to activate Developer Mode. Accept it.
- Then download this file pack. Uncompress it on your main hard drive, in a directory of your choice (in our example, we have decompressed it on C: Explorer).
- Open the directory that contains all of the files you just recovered. Click on the file install.ps1 and choose the option Run with PowerShell.
- Once the installation is complete, the new Windows 10 / Windows 10X explorer can be accessed from the Start menu. It simply bears the name of File Explorer and has a small icon indicating that it is still in the beta testing phase.