If you like tabbed browsing in IE7 and would like the same feature for your Vista/XP’s Explorer, here is what you should do
Download and Use a Tabbed Explorer Add-on for Windows Vista/XP. Not only will it give you tabbed browsing, an Up Button, etc but it also has several plugins like FileTools Plugin Pack, Folder Tree Button, ShowStatusBar, View Mode Button, Memo, Option Button, Create new item, Window manager, etc to enhance your Explorer experience.
Windows XP + .Net Framework 2.0 or later
( Tested on 32bit )
QTTabBar is an Add-In that gives Tab Browsing Feature to your Explorer.
Folder grouping, histories, etc.
Download QTTabBar from here
Installation / Update
1) Extract zip file and execute ‘QTTabBar.exe’.
Required to have more than Power User authority to install.
You can do the same even if you have an older version installed.
2) After relogon to Windows, open folder, and right click on toolbar. Check ‘QT TabBar’. ‘QT Tab Standard Buttons’ if you like.
Uncheck ‘Lock The Toolbars’ in the right-click menu on the toolbar of explorer, to move QTTabBar.
Click ‘Organize’ – ‘Layout’ – check ‘Menu bar’ to show menu bar of explorer.
After enabled QT TabBar, you can show or hide the menu bar by pressing Alt + M.
3) To use ‘QT Tab Desktop Tool’
Right click on Task bar, check ‘QT Tab Desktop Tool’ in ‘Toolbar’ menu.
Launcher menu will be shown when double-clicked on Desktop and Taskbar.
and offers some functions ( ‘Subfolder tip’, ‘Thumbnail tip’ ) on the Desktop.
Download QTTabBar Plugins from here