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Explorer's Details Pane

  1. #11


    Quote Originally Posted by lilsting10 View Post
    As I am on x86, exactly which steps do I need to take?
    I have written the guide to work with both x86 and x64. I have tested the steps on x86 in a virtual machine, but I have not tested on x64 yet personally.

    Quote Originally Posted by lilsting10 View Post
    Since we are editing system files here is there a risk of a future Windows Update making us unable to boot into Windows, such as with this theme patch?
    When the "shell32.dll" file is missing, Windows will boot to the login screen, but the user cannot login to desktop until "shell32.dll" is restored. I suspect that if something were to go wrong with "shell32.dll", this is what would happen.

    The theme patcher patches 3 DLLs, including "uxtheme.dll". The Windows Update failure may not be related to "shell32.dll", so I cannot say that it will happen with the details pane modification.

    It is probably best to disable Windows Update when you have modified system files on a mission critical computer.

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  2. #12


    How strange... At first I thought I was going to be all over this patch. But after re/enabling the File Explorer status bar, I now find that I no longer need the details pane because the status bar shows the number of items I have selected and the total file size of them all. Still a cool fix for those that want it though.
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  3. #13


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    Windows 8 Pro 64-Bit


    Hi all, I tried the trick on Win8 Pro 64-bit, the details pane does show up at the bottom but yes, metro apps do not work at all, even the store app.

    Firefox and IE won't open as well, Chrome does open. I have to restore it back Really love to have it at bottom but the downside is unbearable. Hopefully got a more stable hack later.
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  4. #14


    Quote Originally Posted by lilsting10 View Post
    How strange... At first I thought I was going to be all over this patch. But after re/enabling the File Explorer status bar, I now find that I no longer need the details pane because the status bar shows the number of items I have selected and the total file size of them all. Still a cool fix for those that want it though.
    The status bar can only show the file size if your selection is less than 100 files. If you select at least 100 files, then it will not show the total file size.

    The details pane shows the image and video resolutions as well as other details that are not in the status bar.
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  5. #15


    Quote Originally Posted by XP1 View Post
    When the "shell32.dll" file is missing, Windows will boot to the login screen, but the user cannot login to desktop until "shell32.dll" is restored. I suspect that if something were to go wrong with "shell32.dll", this is what would happen.
    This is actually what just happened to me. After a while of using Win8 without the details pane on the bottom I kept running into instances where I required it back, and attempted to follow the steps on the first page. It seemed to go well until it came time to move the edited shell32.dll back into it's original directory. Despite getting a warning popup about confirming the file move to a system folder, and the file moving out of the temporary folder, it simply wouldn't be visible back in the directory folder. Simillarly I couldn't re-name shell32.dll.bak back into shell32.dll.

    Rebooting and attempting to log on gave me the error that the User Profile could not initialize and I couldn't get into windows. I had to make the drive into an external drive using my a SATA-to-USB wire I have, and view the hardrive in File Explorer via my laptop. Even then it wouldn't let me view the user files until I changed renamed the 'shell32.dll.bak' file back to shell32.dll.

    I guess there's no details pane on the bottom for me, lol.
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  6. #16


    Would anyone be able to upload an edited file for me to use? So that it's idiot proof?
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