Request: Backporting Windows 8 Explorer features on to Windows 7 ??? Possible

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by vlad2989, Aug 11, 2012.

  1. vlad2989

    vlad2989 MDL Novice

    May 4, 2011
    Can someone start a project on porting Windows 8 Explorer (New Copy dialog, Ability to pause copying files, Speed Graph) on to Windows 7 (keeping Start menu from Win7) ?

    This h p:// on Win 7
  2. prayaas1998

    prayaas1998 MDL Novice

    Jun 30, 2011
    Upgrade to Windows 8 and use Tihiy's explorer thing. :p
  3. s1ave77

    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

    Aug 15, 2012
    As Tihiys modification shows, copy dialogue and ribbons are not explorer-related. Thise features still work after replacing the win 8 explorer with the win 7 one.
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  4. Matt A. Tobin

    Matt A. Tobin MDL Novice

    Mar 19, 2011
    Those features you speak of are provided by shell32. Explorer7 is patched and has a shim that can redirect some of the older calls to the newer shell32 as i understand it. Which is why explorer ribbon and copy/move dialogs still work as it is not using the windows 7 shell32. As for backporting.. No this would be virtually impossible unless it was implemented from scratch. Unless you were very good with identifying code from shell32 and inserting it to a support shim and then editing shell32 on windows 7 to redirect those calls to the shim containing the code from windows 8.

    However, some of the facilities used in the new dialogs may not even exist in windows 7's api so that would also have to be reimplemented. See what a mess this becomes. It is far easier to make something old run on something new than it is to make something new run on something old.