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    Having managed to avoid Vista, I find that the Windows Explorer in Windows 7 is significantly frustrating and less usable for me than the XP version of Windows Explorer.

    Can anyone recommend a (preferably-free!) reliable and functional alternative to Windows Explorer which runs under Windows 7, both 32-bit and 64-bit?

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    Yeah, I hear you! Google Cubic Explorer, it's a free download. Quite flexible also. Good Luck. ((Actually the Win 7 Explorer is a very significant improvement over what they had in the Beta).

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    Thanks Dave! Cubic Explorer is just what I've been looking for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BATcher View Post
    Having managed to avoid Vista, I find that the Windows Explorer in Windows 7 is significantly frustrating and less usable for me than the XP version of Windows Explorer.

    Can anyone recommend a (preferably-free!) reliable and functional alternative to Windows Explorer which runs under Windows 7, both 32-bit and 64-bit?
    Check out Windows Double Explorer and FreeCommander - freeware file manager.

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    Thanks, Dave and Joe - I will 'check out' all three suggestions, and let you know what I think in a few days.
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    This: http://www.cubicreality.com/ is a link directly from the developer of Cubic Explorer, which makes me believe this is still a work in progress. I got this link directly from one of the download sites for Cubic Explorer v 0.90.0.1131 I think I will hold off for now on this softwaree
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    I've been using Directory Opus 9 for over a year and it integrates perfectly into Win 7. Best Explorer replacement ever. http://www.gpsoft.com.au/History.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guruka Singh View Post
    I've been using Directory Opus 9 for over a year and it integrates perfectly into Win 7. Best Explorer replacement ever. http://www.gpsoft.com.au/History.html
    I'm sorry, but at those prices it isn't even worth my time evaluating it. I would want to use it, very occasionally, on up to 30 or so PCs, and the costs for our charity would be prohibitive. Even at home, on about three possible machines, that's too much.

    But if I win the lottery I will bear it in mind!
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    UltraExplorer (http://www.mustangpeak.net/) is another free one. Similar to CubicExplorer, it seems to run a little faster.

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    Total Commander rocks - free, dual window panes, tots of configuration options. Did I mention free?

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    i've used xplorer2 for years and found it does everything i need and then some. there's a "lite" version which is free for personal/academic use:

    http://zabkat.com/x2lite.htm

    i use the "pro" version, but i think the "lite" version has almost all the same functionality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BATcher View Post
    Can anyone recommend a (preferably-free!) reliable and functional alternative to Windows Explorer which runs under Windows 7, both 32-bit and 64-bit?
    Try Xplorer2 http://zabkat.com/. It has both a 32 and 64 bit version and is free to try. At $29.95 if you like it it is hardly expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guruka Singh View Post
    I've been using Directory Opus 9 for over a year and it integrates perfectly into Win 7. Best Explorer replacement ever. http://www.gpsoft.com.au/History.html
    Wow, almost $80 USD. That's more than I paid per license, retail for the 3 Win7 upgrade licenses.

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    Yes, it's not cheap, but when you look at how much it can do, and what it replaces, it turns out to be a good deal.

    Have a look here: http://www.pretentiousname.com/opus/.
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    Checkout xplorer˛ & it's free counterpart xplorer˛ lite at www.zabkat.com.
    I've used the pro version for years. It's very configurable very effective to use.

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