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Animated ExplorerFrame V.1 by andreascy Animated ExplorerFrame V.1 by andreascy

Now including also a tutorial, simmilar with those from V.2 and V.3 and a more detailed tutorial that was made by iHackit ([link] as a support to this work. For those who have problems understanding this and who may want a more detailed instructions to make it work now they have an alternative so i want to thank him for that !!

Inspired and produced by :
andreascy : [link]

Check also :

V.2 for Windows 8 M2 (7955 Build) :


V.3 for Windows 8 M3 (7989 Build) :


V.4 for Windows 8 Developer Preview Pre - Beta (8102 Build) :


V.5 for Windows 8 Consumer Preview :


We featured this work on our Blog [link] and on Instructables [link]

Here is an animated ExplorerFrame for Windows 7 (32bit and 64 bit) i made ..It works perfectly with Windows 7 SP1 too just replace those files as below :

for 32 and 64 bit bit users :

replace old file in system32 folder of windows directory..

dont forget before to take ownership of the old file,rename it to explorerframe.dll.bak and make the replace with the new file..

After this you have 2 options to see the animations (choose any of them you want) :

(1) run task manager, stop the process of windows explorer,make a new task,write explorer and hit enter or
(2)go to start menu,run command and write "TSKILL EXPLORER" without the "" and hit enter..this will restart windows explorer too.

Animations can be shown on the below things :

- windows explorer icons (any preview type selected it has a different animation style)
- shell texts
-start menu search box (found items fall from the top of the start menu everytime u do a search)

Preview : [link]

Thanks also to Vishal Gupta for featuring this work on ASKVG : [link]

VS used for the preview: Midnight Glass Nature: [link]

Enjoy !! :)


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tariqmudallal Featured By Owner May 7, 2014
Can you make one for Vista???
andreascy Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
No my friend. Vista have no explorerframe.dll file.
iDevArt1 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
How do you make the tweak faster? Thanks!
andreascy Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
I have to edit the code but it's not worth it, this is why i provide this "medium speed" mod. The too slow or too fast speed is not so user friendly. It's only for a show off.

Thanks for using my stuff! :)
iDevArt1 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
Am I allowed to edit it myself (provided you tell me which settings to alter), and as long as I don't share it? My only vice with this is the speed.
andreascy Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Professional General Artist
aminbella Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013
how to download the file
andreascy Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
There is a download button on the sidebar! Thanks!
LuanTeles Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
port this to Windows 8.1 Preview
freeflowartist Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
Amazing! i love it, but umm the link to andreascy is broken. Where do i get the new windows 7 file?
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