The Explorer is called in and 8.1. There are also number of changes in File Explorer compared to the previous versions. The new ribbon in the File Explorer is possibly the biggest change compared to Windows 7’s Explorer.

If you are a user upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10 and not happy with the way Windows 10’s File Explorer looks and functions, you can easily make it look and feel like Windows 7’s File Explorer in less than 5 minutes.

Also you can give Windows 10’s File Explorer Windows 7 touch without using any transformation or skin packs. You just need to download a single tool called OldNewExplorer.

Give Windows 10 File Explorer Windows 7 touch

Disable the Explorer ribbon

The File Explorer can be disabled using this software. After downloading and running the utility, check the option labeled Use command bar instead of Ribbon and also make sure that the following sub-options are selected:

# Hide caption text in File Explorer window

# Hide caption icon in File Explorer window

# Use alternative navigation buttons style

# Enable glass on navigation pane (if you plan to enable Aero glass)


Get Windows 7 folder icons back in Windows 10

If you want to give File Explorer a complete Windows 7 makeover then you need to change the default folder icons.

Enable the details pane

The useful details pane has been dropped from Windows 10. In order to get the details pane in File Explorer to make it look like Windows 7, you need to download and run above mentioned OldNewExplorer. Select the option labeled Show details pane at the bottom to enable the same.


Note that you might need to restart the Windows Explorer process in order to see the details pane.

Enable libraries in navigation pane

With default settings, the File Explorer in Windows 10 doesn’t display Libraries in the navigation pane of File Explorer. If you want the File Explorer to display Libraries in the navigation pane, just like in Windows 7, check the option labeled Use libraries; hide folders from This PC option in OldNewExplorer.

Note that enabling the above option also removes all folders like Documents, Pictures, Videos, and Downloads from This PC. The Windows 7’s Explorer doesn’t display these folders in My Computer.

Make File Explorer open to This PC

In Windows 7, This PC is opened when you open the Windows Explorer. In Windows 10, however, File Explorer opens to the new Quick Access.


Turn off the Quick Access in the navigation pane

In the navigation pane of File Explorer, the all new Quick Access appears instead of Favorites. In addition to common locations like Desktop, Downloads, Documents, and Pictures, the Quick Access section of navigation pane displays frequently used folders.


If you want to stop seeing frequently used folders under Quick Access, open Folder Options (see open Folder Options in Windows 10), under the General tab, uncheck the option labeled Show frequently used folders in Quick Access option and then click Apply. As of now, it’s not possible to rename or remove Quick Access from the navigation pane.

Enable classical drive grouping

The Drive grouping is changed in Windows 10 then compared to Windows 7. The change was first made in Windows 8.1. For instance, in Windows 10, connected USB drives appear under Devices and drivers section whereas in Windows 7 there were two sections called Hard Disk Drives and Devices with Removable Storage and all connected USB drives would appear under Devices with Removable Storage section.


If you want to same old behavior back in Windows 10 as well, enable the option labeled Use classical drive grouping in This PC option in OldNewExplorer.

Enable Aero glass for window borders

Unlike in Windows 7, the File Explorer of Windows 10 doesn’t use aero glass transparency for window borders. If you want to enable aero glass for window borders, you need to download a free software called Aero Glass. Go through our how to get Aero Glass Transparency in Windows 10 right now guide for detailed instructions.


When you install Aero Glass tool, it also installs Windows 7-like Aero compatible theme (visual style). So you don’t need to download separately download Windows 7 like theme.




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