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Animated ExplorerFrame V.4 by andreascy Animated ExplorerFrame V.4 by andreascy

Fixed the 64 bit files after some reports about windows eplorer.exe failures. Download again the pack!

For Windows 8 Developer Preview (8102 Build tag) x32 and x64bit :

Inspired and produced by :

Check also :

V.1 for Windows 7 x32bit and x64 bit (Non SP1, SP1) :


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


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


V.5 for Windows 8 Consumer Preview :


1. Thank you :

First of all i want to thank all of those who inspire me, respect my work and give me the strength to continue what i do !! Thanks also to Vishal Gupta for featuring this work on ASKVG : [link] We featured also this work on our Blog [link] and on Instructables [link]

2. Important :

Dont forget to make backups of your old files first !!!!

3. Instructions :

This is for the x32 and x64 bit system. Explorerframe.dll files that are provided are animated with 2 types of animations (rectangular and position), so select one of the two provided files and replace the old file in System32 folder of Windows directory. This can be done after taking ownership of the old file, renaming it to explorerframe.dll.bak and make the replace with the new file.

4. Taking Ownership :

To take ownership of files and folders in Windows 8 Developer Preview, you can use the provided tweak that will give you the option to take ownership when you right click on a file or folder or drive. Application files like exe, cmd, msi, will still have “Run as administrator” instead of “Take Ownership” in the context menu. When you use take ownership on a folder, it will take ownership of all the files and subfolders inside the folder too. So simply merge the .reg file provided in the specific folder. You can also remove it if you want using the other .reg file

After this you must refresh explorer :

So you can use 3 ways to achieve it (choose any of them):

(a) Run task manager, stop the process of windows explorer, make a new task, write explorer and hit enter or go to run command and write "TSKILL EXPLORER"

(b) Go to start menu, run command and write "TSKILL EXPLORER" without the "" and hit enter. This will restart windows explorer too

(c) Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc, Click on More Details, Select Windows Explorer, Press Restart (many thx to "rcmero" for mentioning this way of restarting explorer)

This is for the old classic start menu only, so use it if you had disabled the new Start Screen with a registry trick found
here :



using the Windows Start Menu Toggle app made by Solo-Dev on this link :


Animations can be shown on the below things :

(a) Windows explorer icons (any preview type selected it has a different animation style)

(b) Shell texts

(c) Start menu search box (found items fall from the top of the start menu every time you do a search). This can only be shown after you bring back the old classic Start Menu with the same registry trick or toggle app as referred before.

Just note that using this trick, it will disable the new Metro UI Start Screen and Ribbon UI in Windows Explorer!

5. Support - Testing - Bugs :

Fully tested by me and proved its stability on its fast animation speeds especially if your PC is well built and fast. Bugs not found and i believe this version will be stable too as previous builds like 7989 Build, Windows 7 etc.

6. Preview : [link]

Enjoy it and thx again for all this support :)

P.S : For any problems, questions etc. feel free to contact with me and tell me what went wrong.

Thx also to "VentiCe" ([link]) and to bumbumdylan ([link]), for their feedback and for letting me know what went wrong with the the 64 bit files. VentiCe sent me also the correct original file to modify it so this is really appreciated and being respected!


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LuanTeles Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013
make ir for windows 8.1
andreascy Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hey buddy. Microsoft changed Windows 8 RTM and 8.1  code so these animations are not working with the new OS. All the changes are everywhere in the code from explorer.exe to explorerframe.dll, shell.dll etc. etc. so its impossible to make them work. I made my tries and its worthless. This project stopped on preview versions of Windows 8. 

If i'll find a way to bring them back then i'll do it.
LuanTeles Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013
Make it for windows 8.1 please ><
DocBerlin77 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
great work :thumbsup:
andreascy Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you my friend..V.5 is coming for Beta build so stay tuned ;) !!
DocBerlin77 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
You're welcome I like your work my friend :)
DonDraper1 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011
andreascy Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
thx mate :D !! V.5 is coming for Windows 8 Beta..stay tuned !!
m4r1nh0 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011
Lindoooo!!! Tem pra Windows 7? rsrsrs
andreascy Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
thx my friend :) !!for windows 7 you can use my V.1 : [link]
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