Explorer Patcher for Windows 11 settings


Explorer patch to bring Windows 11 taskbar back to Windows 10

Explorer Patcher for Windows 11 Is in Romania Valentin-Gabriel RaduAn open source program developed by the company that restores the Windows 11 taskbar to a classic style. You can customize the Start menu, context menu, etc. with abundant setting items, and Windows 11 is not supported. Open shell Can be used together.

Context menu changed in Windows 11

In Windows 11, not only the start menu etc. are centered, but alsoスタート , Taskbar The context menu (right-click menu) has also changed significantly.


The taskbar context menu Taskbar settings OnlyTask manager , Show desktop Traditional items such as have been deleted.

スタート From the context menu (WIN + X), you can still access the task manager and desktop.


Drive and folder context menus have also been simplified, traditional menus Show other options Access from.

System requirements

Version 22621.608.51.6 as of

OS: Windows 11

If you are using Explorer Patcher version 22449.1000.x or earlier, MicrosoftWindows.Client.CBS With folders StartMenuExperienceHost Added to folder dxgi.dll Remove and then use the latest version.

C: \ Windows \ SystemApps \ MicrosoftWindows.Client.CBS_cw5n1h2txyewy
C: \ Windows \ SystemApps \ Microsoft.Windows.StartMenuExperienceHost_cw5n1h2txyewy

Where to get the software

GitHub Explorer Patcher for Windows 11 download page

Install ExplorerPatcher for Windows 11

Explorer PatcherIs provided with an installer from 22000.318.37Update to the latest version is also possibleBecame.

Traditional Copy DLL file -Restart File Explorer-Restore system tray icon No work required.


On the Explorer Patcher download page on GitHub Latest Use version of.


Assets It is in ep_setup.exe Click to download.


Launch the downloaded installer, and when the User Account Control dialog is displayed, click "Yes" to allow it.


There are no settings and the taskbar will be in classic style when setup is complete.

Start menuIs centered, but can be changed in the Explorer Patcher settings.

ExplorerPatcher for Windows 11 settings

Explorer Patcher implements a GUI and allows many settings from properties.


Taskbar From the context menu (right-click menu)Property choose.


The properties of Explorer Patcher will open. Click the item to enable / disable it and set it.


If you want to reflect the changed settings, it is in the left sidebar. Restart File Explorer Click


If you want to restore the Explorer Patcher to its default settings, in the left sidebar About から Restore default settings choose.


In Taskbar, you can set the style and grouping of the taskbar.


The taskbar style is the default setting Windows 10, and when you change to Windows 11, the Window 11 taskbar is restored.


Items with arrows open the Windows settings screen.

More taskbar options in Settings app
Set items to be displayed on the taskbar.
Customize notification area icons
Settings for apps and notifications to display in the system tray.
Customize system icons in the notification area
Settings for the system icon to display in the system tray.


Primary taskbar location on screen Is the taskbar placement setting, which defaults to the bottom (bottom of the screen).On the screen (TOP) ・right (Right) ・left Can be changed to (Left).

Secondary taskbar (s) location on screen
Set the placement of taskbars other than the primary monitor in a multi-monitor environment.
It is not displayed if the taskbar is hidden in the Windows taskbar settings.

Extra button should be
Display widgets and Cortana icons. (Default is hidden)
If you change the settings Restart File ExplorerYou need to restart File Explorer.


Specify the button to be displayed on the taskbar.

Show Search button
Display the search icon. (Enabled by default)
Show Task view button
Display the task view icon. (Disabled by default)
Show Desktop button
Click on the right side of the system tray to minimize the open window and display the desktop. (Enabled by default)
Automatically hides the taskbar
Automatically hide the taskbar. (Disabled by default)


Can be set if the taskbar style is set to Windows 10.

Start button style
スタート Switch the icon on Windows 10/11.
Primary taskbar alignment
The icon displayed on the taskbar of the primary monitor can be switched between left-aligned and center-aligned. Only the start / search button is left justified You can select from.
Secondary taskbar (s) alignment
Set the display position of the icon to be displayed on the taskbar other than the primary monitor in a multi-monitor environment.
It is not displayed if the taskbar is hidden in the Windows taskbar settings.
Combine taskbar icons on Primary taskbar
Set the display settings of the taskbar of the primary monitor Always combine (Always join) ・Combine When Taskbar is full (If it does not fit in the taskbar) ・Never combine Select from (Do not combine).
Combine taskbar icons on Secondary taskbar (s)
Display settings for taskbars other than the primary monitor in a multi-monitor environment.
Taskbar icon size
Change the icon size of the taskbar. 
If you change the settings Restart File ExplorerYou need to restart File Explorer.

System tray

System tray allows you to set the behavior when you click/right-click the system icon displayed in the system tray, and the default behavior is the same as Windows 10 except for language selection.

If you want to change the settings Official WebsiteSee.

File Explorer

File Explorer Now let's set the context menu and file explorer styles.

Register as shell extension When enabled, Explorer Patcher Shell extension However, since it has a negative effect on system performance, it is also executed on the official website.Not recommended for use.


Disable the Windows 11 context menu
When enabled, the context menu (right-click menu) becomes Windows 10 style.
Always use legacy file transfer dialog 

If enabled, it will be displayed when copying files, etc. File transfer dialogBecomes a classic style.
Use classic drive groupings in This PC
When enabled, the drive when the PC is opened will be in the classic style (the style is divided into HDD and removable device). 
If you change the settings Restart File ExplorerYou need to restart File Explorer.


Control Interface The File explorer You can change the command bar displayed in to the style of Windows 10 (ribbon) or Windows 7 (command bar).


Set the display settings of the newly opened file explorer.

Use immersive menus when displaying windows10 context menus
When enabled, the Windows 10 context menu will be in an immersive style with better visibility than before.
Disable the navigation bar
When enabled, the File Explorer navigation bar (move button and address bar) is hidden.
Disable modern search bar
When enabled, the search bar will be in the style of Windows 10 (1903) and earlier.
Shrink address bar height
Reduce the height of the address bar in File Explorer.

Hide search bar completely
Hide the search bar that appears in the navigation bar.
If you hide the navigation bar, the search bar will also be hidden.
title bar
You can hide the icons and titles that appear in the file explorer title bar, but the title bar itself is not hidden.
Apply mica effect on these areas
The range to which the mica material effect adopted in Windows 11 is applied.

Start menu

スタート You can change the placement and start menu to Windows 10 style.


Start menu style
Switch the Start menu style on Windows 10/11.
Position on screen
Select the start arrangement from left-aligned or center.
Align the taskbar to the center and align Start to the left Taskbar X Only the start and search bars are left-justified.


Maximum number of frequent apps to show
Set the number of "Frequently Used Apps" list displayed in the Start menu.
When using multiple displays ~
In a multi-monitor environment WIN Set the monitor to display the start menu when the key is pressed.
Can be set even if the taskbar of the secondary monitor is hidden.


Set if you are using the Windows 11 Start menu.

Disable the “Recommended” section
When enabled, "Recommended" in the Start menu is hidden.
Open Start in All apps by default
When enabled, when you open the start menu All appsIs displayed.


Set if you are using the Windows 10 Start menu.

Show more tiles
When enabled, the tile display area of ​​the Start menu expands.
Corner preferences
You can set the start menu style to round like Windows 11.
Display mode
You can choose between the Start Menu used on your PC and the Full screen used on your tablet, and the default is automatically selected by your device.
App list
Display settings for "All apps".
Introducing Open-Shell

スタート To change to Windows 7 style Open shell To introduce.


Installing and using Open Shell / Classic Shell

Open Shell, a utility software that changes the Windows 10 start menu to the Windows 7 style, was developed in December 2017 by Ivo Beltchev's Classic She […]


In versions 22000.318.37 and later, File Explorer will check for updates when it starts and will notify you when any updates are available.


Explorer will notify you when there is an update.


If there is an update file, open the properties of Explorer Patcher and in the left sidebar Updates から Update program and restart File Explorer Click to start downloading the program in the background.


When you download the program, the User Account Control dialog will be displayed. If you allow it with "Yes", Explorer Patcher will be updated.

The update installation will be overwritten, so there is no need to uninstall existing files.

Windows switcher / Other See the official website.


ep_setup.exe If you installed Explorer Patcher using Windows Programs and features You can uninstall from.


From the program list Explorer Patcher Double-click to uninstall.

Setting up and uninstalling older versions

View previous version setup and uninstall

Older versions of Explorer Patcher are provided as DLLs (Dynamic Link Libraries), which you can directly download and copy to a Windows folder to set up.


On the Explorer Patcher download page on GitHub dxgi.dll Click to download the file.


downloaded dxgi.dll Of the C drive Windows folderCopy to.


When the access denied dialog is displayed, click "Continue".


スタート Start Task Manager from the context menu (WIN + X) of.


Details Open process On the tab Explorer Select and select "Restart" from the context menu.


Microsoft will automatically start the download with a notification that the symbol for the OS cannot be found.

It will take a few minutes to complete the installation.


When the installation is complete and Explorer restarts, the taskbar disappears and the Windows 10 taskbar appears.

Installation succeeded! If the taskbar does not change even if the notification is displayed, restart Explorer from Task Manager again.


The taskbar becomes classic style (the behavior is the same as Windows 11) and the context menu of the taskbar becomes available.

Uninstall an older version

If you copied the DLL file before ep_setup.exe was released, you copied it dxgi.dll The Windows Delete from the folder.


A dialog is displayed when the file is deleted because it is locked.


dxgi.dllSelect and press the "F2" key to name the file dxgiold.dllChange to etc..


When the User Account Control dialog is displayed, click "Yes" to allow.

Renamed the file after restarting the PC dxgia.dll To delete.


Delete the ExplorerPatcher folder opened by entering the following path with Run (WIN + R).

% appdata% \ ExplorerPatcher

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