Windows Explorer Alternative Mini Explorer

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 3, 2006
Updated • May 6, 2013

Mini Explorer is a tiny little freeware application that acts as a replacement for Windows Explorer. It is a portable program that you can run from anywhere on your system. Its small size of only 92K make it a blazing fast alternative to Windows Explorer.

Let us take a look at some of the programs features:

  • Can handle virtually unlimited number of files without sacrificing speed
  • Queue for copying/moving files: add files from different locations to the queue, and copy/move them all to another folder
  • Fast file copying and moving with error protection and error log; no more boring Preparing to copy... messages
  • Fast one/two-key shortcuts for most commands
  • Text Preview window

Update: The program is not working under Windows 7, at least not under 64-bit editions of the Windows 7 operating system. It is simply not starting up at all once you have downloaded and unpacked it on your system. It may also not be compatible with Windows Vista, but that has not been tested due to a lack of access to the operating system.

The program has not been updated since 2007, which may be the core reason why it is not compatible with the Windows 7 operating system. We suggest you use the Windows Explorer alternative Snowbird for instance, which is compatible with all recent versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system.

It features a modern interface and many features that Explorer is also supporting. Another alternative is Ultra Explorer which offers features like two explorer windows to make file operations more comfortable.

Unless you are using Windows XP or an older operating system, you should consider using the alternatives instead.

Update 2: Softpedia has pulled the Mini Explorer download from their servers. It is not clear why the company did so, only that Mini Explorer does not appear to be available anymore for download. I highly suggest you pick one of the alternatives listed above instead and use them as a Windows Explorer replacement.


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  1. Rick said on November 8, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    There appears to be no link to the software in this post…

    1. Martin said on November 8, 2009 at 3:17 pm

      Thanks for letting us now, link has been added.

  2. Tim said on June 5, 2006 at 2:41 pm

    Certainly not as small but a genuine alternative to Windows Explorer in terms of interface and usefulness is XYPlorer. Now commercial, the last freeware version is still available from

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