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Monday, 11 June 2018

Download Classic and Original File Manager (WinFile) App of Windows 3.0

Who doesn't know about the good ol' "File Manager" program which came bundled with the classic Windows 3.0 operating system in early 90s? Most of you might have heard about Windows 3.0 and some of you even have used it long time back.

When the good ol' MS DOS (aka Command Prompt) was used in computers, users had to use different commands to create, move, copy, delete, rename files and folders. Everything was command-line (console) based and there was no GUI.

Then Microsoft released the classic "File Manager" (WinFile.exe) program with Windows 3.0 which provided GUI (Graphical User Interface) to users. Windows 3.0 users were able to easily perform actions on files and folders using File Manager app.

File Manager provided several options to move/copy/delete and to perform other tasks on files and folders. It was now very easier to manage data in Windows OS.

Now we are living in Windows 10 era where we have UWP apps and modern (or material/fluent) design across the whole operating system.

Did you ever wish to try the classic File Manager app in newer Windows versions? If yes, your wish has become true. Microsoft has released the good ol' File Manager app for Windows operating system.

Now you can use the classic and original File Manager app of Windows 3.0 in other Windows versions such as Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10.

Following screenshot shows the classic File Manager program running in Windows 10:

Download Classic and Original File Manager (WinFile)

Although File Manager is not very advanced program and lacks many features but it would be a fun to try this classic program in modern Windows versions. If you want to check out how did this classic program look like and work, you should definitely give it a try.
If you want to get some nostalgic feeling, you can download the File Manager app from following link:
Download Classic and Original File Manager app for Windows
Click on the WinFile ZIP file and extract the downloaded ZIP file using 7-Zip or other file archive utility. You'll get Winfile.exe file in the extracted folder. Run the executable file and you are ready to enjoy classic File Manager program in newer Windows versions.

NOTE: If you get MSVCP140.dll and VCRUNTIME140.dll files not found error message while running the Winfile.exe file, you'll need to install Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2015 to be able to run the File Manager program.

You can download and install the required redistributable package from following link:

Download Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2015

PS: Make sure to download "vc_redist.x86.exe" version of file. If you install the x64 version of file, File Manager will not run and will always throw DLL files now found error message.

Microsoft has also provided the source code of File Manager program. Interested programmers and software developers can look into the source code.

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