File Manager from Windows 3.0 is now app in the Microsoft Store

The original File Manager from Windows 3.0 is back as an app for Windows 10 — Here's how to get it.

File Manager from Windows 3.0 app for Windows 10
File Manager from Windows 3.0 app for Windows 10

In 2018, Microsoft made the File Manager originally released with Windows 3.0 open-source and published it in GitHub for anyone to modify, and now it’s available as an app in the Microsoft Store.

Of course, being an almost two-decade old experience, Microsoft had to make some modifications to allow users to install and run a 16-bit experience on Windows 10 devices using a 64-bit architecture.

In this updated version of Windows File Manager, you’ll find changes, such as back and forth navigation, support for context menu (with many new options), drag and drop files from one location to another, and you’re getting a search feature that also supports subfolders.

Original Windows File Manager as app for Windows 10
Original Windows File Manager as app for Windows 10

While the Windows 3.0 File Manager is available for Windows 10 devices, you must be running the Creator Update or newer version before installing the app.

The app won’t revolutionize the way you browse files on Windows 10, but it’s a fun experience that brings back some of the user-interface available during the 90s.

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