Windows 8.1 has been officially launched in October 2013, almost a year after Windows 8 became available to users worldwide. Both of these operating systems have brought about numerous changes in terms of interface and functionality compared to the previous OSes, namely Windows 7 and Vista.
If you are are one of the users who were confused by the many UI changes of Windows 8.1, you can try OldNewExplorer as it can tweak Windows Explorer and make it resemble the one in Windows 7. Note that while installation is for all accounts created on the PC, settings can differ for each user.
Once you install it to your computer, OldNewExplorer can modify the default drive grouping found in Windows 8.1 so that you can manage your drives with greater ease.
Additionally, due to this application, you can choose to switch from the ribbon interface of Windows Explorer to a command bar one, so that new commands are displayed depending on the file type you select.
Other functions of OldNewExplorer are that you can hide the caption text and icon in File Explorer windows, while also enabling glass on navigation bars.
You can also activate the details pane from the bottom side of the Explorer windows, so you can view the creation date, size and format of the currently selected file.
It needs to be mentioned that all the adjustments applied by OldNewExplorer override shell style resources, and that restarting the explorer.exe process or logging off can come in handy if you notice that the changes you configured are not visible yet.
All in all, OldNewExplorer can prove to be a handy software solution for all those who want to use Windows 8.1 or 8, but who prefer the Windows Explorer as it was in Windows 7.