Windows 7 and Vista users see a representation of the free and used drive space in Windows Explorer. That's handy for a number of reasons, for instance before copying or processing large files on the computer system.
Windows XP users on the other hand do not have that representation in Windows Explorer.
The free software Vista Drive Status changes this by enabling storage information under Windows XP as well.
Vista Drive Icon, changes the drive icons shown in Windows "My Computer", to a nearly Vista drive icon, showing the drive's free space with a smooth colored horizontal bar.
The application is a run and forget type of software. All users need to do is to download it from the developer's website and run the installer to activate the feature. It is then visible under My Computer in Windows Explorer.
The program adds a storage bar beneath each of the computer's partitions. Blue indicates used space on the drive, white free storage space and red a hard drive that is almost at its capacity.
The program can be uninstalled at any time to undo the changes to Windows Explorer and the Windows XP operating system.
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