If you were born in the late 90s, you probably have never used or even heard of the Windows File Manager, which was the Window's file management program before Windows Explorer. Originally included with Windows 3.x and then abandoned after Windows ME, you now have the opportunity to give it a try on Windows 7 and Windows 10 as it has been open sourced by Microsoft on Github.
While many people remember this program as File Manager, I personally remember it more as WinFile.exe. This program was an all-in-one toolbox that all IT consultants, help desk support, and power users commonly used to manage files and folders, set permissions, share folders, format drives, and even connect to remote shares. If you were an an IT consultant or support person, then it became second nature to open the Run dialog, enter winfile.exe, and then press enter to launch this program as soon as you started working on a computer.
Released on Github under the MIT License by Microsoft developer, Craig Wittenberg, the Windows File Manager has been updated so that it can run on modern operating systems such as Windows 10. As long as you have Visual Studio 2015 or later, you can easily compile the File Manager, or WinFile.exe, and start playing with it.
If you do not have a development environment on your computer, you can install the free Visual Studio Express or download a free Windows 10 Developer Environment virtual machine. Once compiled, you will be left with a 307KB executable named WinFile.exe, which is about double the size of the the 151KB original version,
With the increase size, though, also comes some new features added by Wittenberg. These include support for modern Notepad replacements such as Notepad++, OLE drag & drop support, moving files using Ctrl+X and Ctrl+V, the ability to see junctions, and more.
A full list of new features can be seen below.