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Bottom Details Pane For Windows 8 Only!!

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This is just a simple installer, it contains 4 Respatcher files that will patch your shell32.dll UI files to bring back the Windows 7 style Details pane at the bottom, it also has options to have the details pane at the top, also know as Topshell and it can put the Folderband at the bottom.

Note: To have the folderband at all you will need to disable the ribbon first or you will not see any effect from using that option.

The installer has 4 settings, the first 2 settings will display the Details pane at the Bottom and the Folderband at the top, the default way seen in Windows 7, the bottom 2 options will place the Details Pane at the top and Folderband at the Bottom, after the install completes you have a couple of post instal options to either run sfc /scannow and restore any modified system files or to use sfc /scanfile to restore onle the shell32.dll, this will allow you to reverse any changes the installer makes, you can also access those options at any time just by running the installer and not selecting from the first 4 options.

Update: Added a new option to have themeable Control Panel Navigation Panes

Update 10/05/2013: Updated installer with Multi Language support (Stable) www.mediafire.com/?l9ewhxo90iz…



Update 29/08/2013: Updated installer to version 1.4, removed post install restore options and added unistaller www.mediafire.com/download/ptx…



Very Important!! Always Create a Backup or System Restore before making changes to System Files.



Known problems:



Does not restore Ownership to TrustedInstaller (Restoring TrustedInstaller caused black screen after boot)

There is a new solution to this problem known as OldNewExplorer by Tihiy, the same developer as Start Is Back www.msfn.org/board/topic/17037…

It works with Windows 8/8.1 without the need to alter any system files and will not effect any other Windows 8 elements such as the Modern App store

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oldnewexplorer works on win8 however it doesnt seem to stick..bottom keeps vanishing (latest win8 updates applied) even though installer says enabled.

randoms goes after reboot.. just wondering if can added in some startup or shutdown sceduler to
re-enable it with commandlines
oldnewexplorer works on win8 however it doesnt seem to stick..bottom keeps vanishing (latest win8 updates applied) even though installer says enabled.

randoms goes after reboot.. just wondering if can added in some startup or shutdown sceduler to
re-enable it with commandlines
I had this installed with Windows 8 and it worked without issues.  But with 8.1 installer there's a problem.  After installing this, a lot of Metro stuff no longer works.  I can no longer launch Metro settings menus, store, or Metro Apps.  So I had to restore back to before I installed it.  I tried it a couple times to be sure and this is definitely what's causing the problem.  I hate Microsoft for mucking up the Preview pane position.  It made perfect sense on the bottom but on the side there's not enough space for it.  Microsoft seems to think that we are all working with fully sized explorer views.  I typically work with explorer windows that are about a quarter width of my screen.  Even with an explorer window half the width of my screen I'm not comfortable with the preview pane being on the right side.  On the bottom is fine.
MrGRiM01's avatar
There is a new solution to this problem known as OldNewExplorer by Tihiy, the same developer as Start Is Back www.msfn.org/board/topic/17037…

It works with Windows 8/8.1 without the need to alter any system files and will not effect any other Windows 8 elements such as the Modern App store
chamillitarysk8r's avatar
See the issue I have with ONE is that the details pane keeps disappearing after my system has been running for a while, almost as if it is running out of memory. The section names in "this pc" vanish with the details pane too. I would much rather have a patch for this. Restarting Explorer however fixes it (temporarily anyway).
DividedEye's avatar
Thank you for this--works great on Windows 8 (64-bit)! I have Classic Shell installed (restores the Start Menu), and after I installed Bottom
Details Pane, it reset the taskbar and removed the Start button. So I checked "Restore All System Files" and "Restore the shell32.dll to default" and restarted... when my computer started up again, my Classic Shell Start menu was back the way I had it before, and the Details Pane now shows in Explorer. Awesome! It's stupid that this isn't an option by default. Thanks again!
Pichu007's avatar
I installed this in the past, if I get the updated version, will it overwrite the existing files?
ShinSubarashiKage124's avatar
Just a quick question. Is there going to be one for Windows 8.1?
MrGRiM01's avatar
No, read my comments, will never work for Windows 8.1
MrGRiM01's avatar
Well it looks like I have managed to somehow make this work again for 8.1, not sure exactly how it happened but I have the modified shell32.dll working without issues it seems, you can download the installer here www.mediafire.com/download/nbk…

Just remember this is experimental and could cause failure to boot, make sure you have backed up your files and have created a system restore point, use at your own risk!
ShinSubarashiKage124's avatar
Alright. *uses "System Image Backup" before using shell32* (Btw sorry for the late reply to this message XD I haven't been on DA in a while And I might have found your v1.6 update before checking my comments here XD Sweet job. )
MrGRiM01's avatar
Yeah sorry I tried again on the RTM and same problem, unless we can find a way to have a signed shell32.dll or some sort of dll injection, then this mod will no longer work, I have talked to the creator of Start Is Back Tihiy to see if he could help me with making it work with dll injection and it turns out he is going to be making a new program, The "Windows 8 Explorer Improvement Program" and he said that is just the sort of thing he will be trying to bring back with it, after seeing what a great job he did with the start menu I have full confidence we will see this made possible in the future.

I also provided all the UI files from this mod to help him out, hopefully we will hear some more news about it soon, most likely it will be anounced over at MSFN www.msfn.org/board/forum/174-w…
ShinSubarashiKage124's avatar
Ah the Windows 8 Explorer Improvement program. All my imaginations i've been conjuring up may be a reality XD. I had the idea of the explorer tweaks accessable via Control Panel XD. Time to spread the word of how Windows 8 can truely be amazing. Even more-so than Windows 7. 
UnclWish's avatar
Find patch files "Patch_shell32.exe" in folder "C:\Program Files\Virtual Customs\Shell32 Patch System Backup\ResPatch_Files\". When I copy in this path file "shell32.dll" from Windows\system32 and run respatch, they can't patch my file showing error that file can't be patched he wrong version etc... My shell32.dll file is 17 561 600 bytes version 6.2.9200.16550. Language Russian. Maybe this is a reason why your utility don't work for me?
MrGRiM01's avatar
The version mismatch should be ignored as I use this command Patch_shell32.exe -quiet -nobackup -auto -guiless -force -dir

Parameters for ResPatches:
-force
This function disables the CRC check that normally verifies that you are actually patching the correct Resource File.

-guiless
Do not display main window; patch the file automatically (-auto implicit, but error messages are displayed)

-quiet
do not display error messages

-auto
Automatically start patching, exit after patching.

-dir <dir>
Folder where to apply the patch.

-nobackup
Do not create backup files of original Resource Files.

The only way you can know for sure though would be if you made a Respatcher with the Russian shell32.dll and see if that makes any difference.

Or maybe there is something else wrong with my batch script that doesn't work with Russian.

Here is what it looks like, maybe you can see a problem with it.

@ECHO OFF
REM Set File Paths
SET PATH1=%windir%\system32
SET PATH2="%SystemDrive%\Program Files\Virtual Customs\Shell32 Patch System Backup\Patching Temp1"
SET PATH3="%SystemDrive%\Program Files\Virtual Customs\Shell32 Patch System Backup\ResPatch_Files"
SET PATH4="%SystemDrive%\Program Files\Virtual Customs\Shell32 Patch System Backup\ResPatch_Files\FolderBand"
SET PATH5="%SystemDrive%\Program Files\Virtual Customs\Shell32 Patch System Backup\ResPatch_Files\CPNavPanes"
SET PATH6="%SystemDrive%\Program Files\Virtual Customs\Shell32 Patch System Backup\system32"
REM Set File Names
SET FILE1=shell32.dll
REM Taking ownership system32
takeown /a /f %PATH1%\%FILE1%
ICACLS %PATH1%\%FILE1% /Grant *S-1-5-32-544:F
CLS
REM Copy System Files to Shell32_Patch_System_Backup
COPY /Y %PATH1%\%FILE1% %PATH2%
CLS
REM Patch System Files
%PATH3%\Patch_shell32.exe -quiet -nobackup -auto -guiless -force -dir %PATH2%
CLS
IF EXIST %PATH4%\Patch_shell32.exe (
%PATH4%\Patch_shell32.exe -quiet -nobackup -auto -guiless -force -dir %PATH2% )
CLS
IF EXIST %PATH5%\Patch_shell32.exe (
%PATH5%\Patch_shell32.exe -quiet -nobackup -auto -guiless -force -dir %PATH2% )
CLS
REM Move Original Files to Backup
Move %PATH1%\%FILE1% %PATH6%\%FILE1%
CLS
REM Move Patched Files Back
Move %PATH2%\%FILE1% %PATH1%\%FILE1%
CLS
EXIT
UnclWish's avatar
Ок, this commands are running normal, except last move, file in system32 can't  be moved or deleted because it used by system.
MrGRiM01's avatar
OK well that's a bit strange as it works fine for me, never had a problem moving files, only deleting them, When I get some time later I will see if I can make a batch file to rename the original file to shell32.dll.bak instead, see if that works any better for you.
UnclWish's avatar
I'm waiting, thx for your attention.
MrGRiM01's avatar
OK I have a new installer, tested multiple times on x86 and x64 Windows 8 Pro www.mediafire.com/download/ptx… the installer now also comes with uninstall feature that will restore the shell32.dll to it's original state.

Good Luck, hope it works this time :)
UnclWish's avatar
Nope. Same result. I try to make commands step by step. No errors, all ok. What i discover - after last command "move", file in system32 is still the same, patched file appears in folder SysWOW64. Why it happens?
MrGRiM01's avatar
I have no idea mate, it doesn't do it on my setups I tried, maybe you will just have to rename the shell32 yourself and copy the patched shell32 in there.
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Port to windows 8.1 please
MrGRiM01's avatar
It doesn't work on Windows 8.1, any change to the shell32.dll breaks the OS completely, as soon as the shell32.dll becomes unsigned it no longer works, well at least it has been that way for the Beta and Preview builds so far, maybe RTM will be different but I don't think so, looks like the details pane will be dead for 8.1 sorry.
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