Vista Explorer Breadcrumbs for Windows XP

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 5, 2007
Updated • Oct 17, 2015
Windows, Windows tips

Windows Vista does have some nice features that are a great addition but not enough to justify a purchase in my opinion. That is why clever software coders step in and implement those features for Windows XP using third party software.

Windows XP has the major advantage that it is a fairly stable system and not nearly as resource hungry as Windows Vista is right now.

While it may lack some of the security features, it is still a viable alternative especially if third party security software is installed that adds those missing features to the operating system to improve its overall security.

So called breadcrumbs are one of those features that have been added to Windows Vista that are actually a nice addition. You may know breadcrumbs from website navigation. Sites like eBay use breadcrumb systems to display the steps from the homepage to the active page of the website so that you can quickly jump to any category listed with the click of the button. We are also using breadcrumbs here for navigation.

QT Address Bar for Windows XP is an explorer add-on that displays all folders from the hard drive root to the active folder which is great if you do navigate a lot using Windows Explorer. The software requires Windows XP and the .net framework.


After some time of inactivity, a new developer has taken over the project and is pushing out new updates in regular intervals. The latest version at the time of writing has been released at the end of 2013, with the next version already in the work.

Probably the biggest change is that the latest version of QT TabBar is also compatible with the latest versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system. Pleas take note that the beta download is offered on the main download page. If you do not want to download beta software, make sure you select the latest stable download instead.

The program adds other features, like tabbed browsing, to Windows Explorer which even the latest version of the program is missing.

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  1. Brown Baron said on September 6, 2007 at 5:46 am

    I like it. Now I only have to remember if I have the .net framework installed heh

  2. African Boy said on September 5, 2007 at 8:43 pm

    Good, now if I can just get other sensible enhancements…

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