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 PostPost subject: Microsoft Open-Sources NT4 File Manager        Posted: Mon Apr 09, 2018 10:14 pm 
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Microsoft is releasing the source code for its original Windows File Manager from nearly 28 years ago. Originally released for Windows 3.0, the File Manager was a replacement for managing files through MS-DOS, and allowed Windows users to copy, move, delete, and search for files. While it’s a relic from the past, you can still compile the source code Microsoft has released and run the app on Windows 10 today.

The source code is available on GitHub, and is maintained by Microsoft veteran Craig Wittenberg under the MIT license. Wittenberg copied the File Manager code from Windows NT 4 back in 2007, and has been maintaining it before open sourcing it recently. It’s a testament to the backward compatibility of Windows itself, especially that this was originally included in Windows more than 20 years ago. It’s as nostalgic as running Windows 95 on an Xbox One, Apple Watch, or Android smartwatch. If you’re a fan of original Windows File Manager you can download the app from GitHub and remind yourself of what computing used to look like years ago.
https://github.com/Microsoft/winfile/


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 PostPost subject: Re: Microsoft Open-Sources NT4 File Manager        Posted: Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:33 am 
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actually, winfile in windows 3.0 doesn't look like this.

BTW I created a fork restoring XP compatibility: https://github.com/roytam1/winfile/rele ... v10.0-2-xp


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 PostPost subject: Re: Microsoft Open-Sources NT4 File Manager        Posted: Tue Apr 10, 2018 11:31 am 
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Some features were added later in Windows 3.1 and Windows NT, but it's the same base app regardless.

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 PostPost subject: Re: Microsoft Open-Sources NT4 File Manager        Posted: Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:29 pm 
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roytam1 wrote:
actually, winfile in windows 3.0 doesn't look like this.
Agreed. Many articles and bloggers are overlooking the fact that the source was pulled from NT4.

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BTW I created a fork restoring XP compatibility: https://github.com/roytam1/winfile/releases/tag/XP
Nice. I'm looking forward to see how far people will take their forks.


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 PostPost subject: Re: Microsoft Open-Sources NT4 File Manager        Posted: Tue Apr 10, 2018 4:06 pm 
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Some features were added later in Windows 3.1 and Windows NT, but it's the same base app regardless.

the UI is quite different actually.


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Are it possible use file manger source code for Windows NT 4.0 put on Windows 2.0 SDK and Windows 3.0 SDK.


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 PostPost subject: Re: Microsoft Open-Sources NT4 File Manager        Posted: Wed Apr 11, 2018 5:00 pm 
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Are it possible use file manger source code for Windows NT 4.0 put on Windows 2.0 SDK and Windows 3.0 SDK.

I'm sure it'd be possible to do some sort of port if one is determined enough.

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 PostPost subject: Re: Microsoft Open-Sources NT4 File Manager        Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:34 pm 
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As for the source code vanilla? You would have to backport Win32 to Win16, they are very different APIs with completely different implementations.


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they should open source windows me


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 PostPost subject: Re: Microsoft Open-Sources NT4 File Manager        Posted: Fri Apr 13, 2018 8:29 pm 
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they should open source windows me

That would be like open-sourcing Windows 2000 or so. Even thought it's old, it still has some essential code that might be present since Windows 2000 until may be Windows 7 or 8

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 PostPost subject: Re: Microsoft Open-Sources NT4 File Manager        Posted: Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:32 pm 
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As for the source code vanilla? You would have to backport Win32 to Win16, they are very different APIs with completely different implementations.
yksoft1 use Windows NT 4.0 Source Code and ported Windows NT 4.0 Minesweeper Source Code to Windows 2.03 SDK to run on Windows 2.03 and Windows 1.01. It might be possible use file manger source code for Windows NT 4.0 put on Windows 2.0 SDK and Windows 3.0 SDK. It be Harder because Windows NT 4.00 Source Code need Win32 and Win32 is incompatible to Win16 from Windows 2.03 and Windows 3.00. There post be was an early beta/demo release of Winfile and Program Manager for Windows 2.x (supposedly downloadable from the Microsoft BBS, but copies don't seem to have survived). I working on to ported Windows NT 4.0 File Manger to Windows 2.03.

http://yksofthome.blogspot.com/2013/09/ ... nions.html


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 PostPost subject: Re: Microsoft Open-Sources NT4 File Manager        Posted: Sat Apr 14, 2018 7:24 am 
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Winfile is a bit more complex than Minesweeper, I'd say.

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At least one person is working on getting it going on older operating systems: So far still NT (3.51 and 4.0) though. But there hope He will create Win16 version. I email for Win16 version of WinFile he said he working on Win16 Version.
https://github.com/TransmissionZero/WinFile-Classic


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