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How Do I Install a Freeware File Manager

October 05, 2011  |  Difficulty: Medium

How to download and install FreeCommander© application, freeware file manager

If you are looking for a freeware alternative to the standard Windows® Explorer, you may want to try the FreeCommander© application. It provides all the necessary functions to manage files and folders. Even better, with this piece of software you can work with network locations, FTP, compress and decompress files, etc. Its advantage is in portability; you can just copy the installation directory on any storage device and use FreeCommander© anywhere. In the instructions below, you can read how to download and install this freeware file manager. 


  1. Open your Internet browser. Go to the FreeCommander© home page.
  2. Click on the “Downloads” link located in the top navigation bar. Then, click on the “fc_setup_.zip” file name.
  3. Save the zipped file to any location in your computer.
  4. Locate the downloaded file and open it (double-click on the file). It should open a window with the “fc_setup.exe” file, double-click on this file. If your operating system asks you for confirmation, click on the “Run” button.
  5. In the confirmation window click on the “Yes” button. Choose your language on the next page.
  6. Click “Next” on the initial Free Commander installation window.
  7. Read the “License Agreement,” choose the “I accept the agreement” radio button and click the “Next” Button.
  8. Choose the installation path or leave it as the default. Click on the “Next” button in all three of the following screens.
  9. When you reach the “Ready to Install” screen, click the “Install” button.
  10. When the installation is finished, click on the “Finish” button.
  11. You have now installed the freeware file manager!

Tips and Tricks:

  • If you want to copy the application on a portable device, locate the installation path (default is “C:\Program Files\FreeCommander”) and copy the whole directory there.
  • To create and manage the keyboard shortcuts, open “Extras” in the main navigation bar and choose “Keyboard shortcuts.”


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