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Immersive Explorer for Windows 8, 8.1 x86/x64 or Windows 7

Immersive Explorer is an open source alternative to the default file explorer included in Windows (known as Windows Explorer).
It is designed to provide an "immersive" experience to the user by focusing on the content rather than hiding it behind icons and large window chrome and borders. It allows the user to avoid opening different applications and switching between multiple windows when doing tasks as simple as viewing a picture, thanks to the built-in viewer.

Although it is not a Windows 8 "Metro application", Immersive Explorer is designed around the "Metro" user interface guidelines. It is optimized for tablets and computers with touch-screens, but it also offers a great experience for mouse/keyboard users (with features like scroll-to-zoom, keyboard navigation).

Immersive Explorer is based on Win32/.NET/WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation). It uses graphical hardware acceleration to display fluid animations and transitions, making it look more modern than the default Windows File Explorer. Note that it's not a complete replacement for the Windows Shell (it's just an alternative to the Windows Explorer) and it doesn't even need administrator rights to be installed.

As Immersive Explorer is not based on WinRT, it means that it can't run on Windows RT devices such as Surface RT (but it works great on Windows 8/8.1 tablets like Surface Pro).


Release Notes (current version :, released 2014/08/23)
Source code


Release notes for Version 1.0

Finally! One year and a half after the release of its first beta version, Immersive Explorer is now available in version 1.0!
This 1st stable version should be good enough for daily use on desktops, laptops, or tablets.
I hope you'll enjoy using it, and that you'll find it useful! And if you do, please consider sharing it with your friends :)
(Having more people who use my application motivates me to spend more time working on it!)

Immersive Explorer is free, and will stay free. The source code will also be released at the same time as the version 1.0.2. However, I've decided to keep using timebombs in the stable release. While I know that a few users will dislike this practice, I think it's a reasonable choice to ensure that people always use the latest version of my application.
This decision is based on my experience with my previous projects: I still see a lot of web sites offering 5-years old outdated versions of my apps for download, and many people who download these very old versions don't take the time to download the latest version. When they encounter a bug, they just stop using the app (and sometimes, they even write a negative comment about it!). I hope you'll understand that, for me, it's important that people don't judge my work based on bugs I may have fixed months (or years) ago.

Also, I want to say thanks to all the people who have used the beta releases during all this time. Your feedback (especially bug reports) has been very valuable! Keep sending me emails or posting comments on my web site about suggestions and bugs you encounter!

What's next?
There are still a lot of features that are missing from Immersive Explorer 1.0, but here is what I plan to implement in the coming weeks:
-Version 1.1 will include an Image Resizing feature (with live preview of the result and comparison with the original image)
-Version 1.2 should add support for automatic refresh of drive list and folder content
-Version 1.3 should add support for favorite folders, and custom folder wallpaper
-Later versions will implement audio playlists, improve the picture viewer's touch support, folder content load time, ...

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Comments about Immersive Explorer


Nirmal Gupta - 2014/09/15 19:10
Hi julien, it would be great if you don't set any expiration date or make a copy of it which doesn't have any expiration date.Please.
Sumit - 2014/09/14 15:40
I am unable to play songs and videos in explorer
Julien MANICI - 2014/09/14 16:27
What is the format of these songs and videos?

Try opening them in Windows Media Player. If WMP can read them, Immersive Explorer should be able to read them too, since Immersive Explorer uses a WMP component to read medias.
Joary Hervin - 2014/09/11 20:32
hello, I'm using the version of your great application, but since September 1, displays a message that a new version is available on the site. Here I am on the site, but there is still no new version, and I can not use the application until the new version is downloadable, what am I supposed to do? Thank you very much.
Julien MANICI - 2014/09/13 15:02
Let it connect to the internet at least once per day so that it can see that there is actually no update available.

I'm sorry, I won't be able to publish a fix until next week.
Biswas s - 2014/09/14 07:58
Just use your app in win7, by selecting {use without install option}. But now I can't able to remove it. Please help me. I want to remove the app completely from my system. Thanks in advance.
Julien MANICI - 2014/09/14 13:28
Simply delete the folder containing Immersive Explorer.

Immersive Explorer doesn't write anything outside the folder you uncompressed it to if you chose to run it without install.
Juan Chacin - 2014/09/04 07:38
A suggestion; if you manage to implement the use of the traditional context menu of windows in this app i can assure you that this will become a true windows explorer replacement.

There are plenty of options that the traditional context menu has that keeps alot of users away from this app.

- I apologize for my english
no way - 2014/09/03 22:07
Hello, i think maybe its a good programm. How can i try it if always get a message new version are available even is`nt. Also to allow to access the internet it ask again at next start up to download new version coz of expired even is not avaailable a new version. Then if refuse programm doesn`t start. This is bullshit and i dont need a programm that forced me to connect to internet always
Julien MANICI - 2014/09/03 22:19
I will fix that in a few days.

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