Clover 2 Turns Windows Explorer Into Google Chrome [Windows]

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Since XP, and it seems that it’ll continue on through 8, one of my biggest gripes about the Windows OS is how inefficient and unstable Windows Explorer proves to be. The Windows Explorer process is probably the all-time leader in crashes on this platform. Nothing is more annoying than getting that alert window and seeing your taskbar and tray flicker as Explorer slowly restarts itself.

And so far, with what I’ve seen in Windows 8, the visual “enhancements” continue to get worse and worse. If you’re not a fan of Microsoft Office, don’t expect to be too thrilled with the appearance of the new Windows Explorer UI. It’s bulky and a little bit of an eyesore, in my opinion. Luckily, third parties step in where Microsoft seems to have failed every now and then.

Clover 2 is a relatively unheard of software in the US, and for pretty good reason. Today, I’d like to introduce you to this gem.

Click here to go to Clover 2’s official website!

The Clover 2 website is in Chinese. If you’re not using Google Chrome, which should automatically prompt you to translate the page, then click here to get an English version of the website.

Before installing Clover 2, you’re going to need to have Google Chrome installed. You don’t have to use it (although you probably should, since it’s arguably the best browser out), but it is listed as a prerequisite.

If you’re using the translated version of the website, you’ll see the following when you attempt to download Clover 2:

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Just copy and paste that raw URL into the address bar and the download should automatically start for you. Open the archive, run the setup, and install Clover 2.

Immediately after launching the application (which you can do from the really nice looking desktop icon), you’ll notice how extremely similar it is to Google Chrome. It’s what it is really: Google Chrome as Windows Explorer. It supports many of the features of Google Chrome as well, such as tabbing and the favorites bar.

Tabs should have been supported in versions of Windows Explorer long ago. The tabs in Clover 2 function exactly the same way as a Google Chrome tab. That means you can close them in groups, duplicate, and pin them. Right click on the tab to get a list of options.

As aforementioned, feel free to bookmark your frequently used tabs and add them to your bookmarks bar. Windows Explorer is one of the last remaining sources of taskbar clutter, and when you use Clover 2 to manage Explorer windows as tabs, this problem is given a quick solution.

Clover 2 updates come pretty regularly, and the design of the program itself is very smooth and professional. I really like the desktop and taskbar icons.

Clover 2 will automatically replace Windows Explorer, like many other Explorer alternatives do, so you won’t have to worry about accessing it from the Start Menu or desktop every time you want to navigate your files using the application.

Those of you who are comfortable with Google Chrome will find that Clover 2 gives your entire system a very familiar feel. What do you think about Clover 2? Is it better than some of the alternatives? Let me know in the comments!

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Comments (50)
  • Ben

    Is it possible to theme clover? Where will i find information on how to do it if possible?

  • Jackson

    Sorry Just realised reading your post is the above rant was written my for the tech amountst us.Oh ye have you it and getting mates to ask me to thel them with it. Everyone I know who gets it hates it.
    If you look back in history every second version of Windows is good 95 Good, 98 Suck 98 SE Good Malenium and 200 Suck XP Good Vista Suck 7 Good 8 Suck 9 cross your fingers or we will all be using mac’s lol

  • Jackson

    I tested the application and it appears to write some information to the Hardware Hive in the Registry. Recommend not using as this key is reserved for hardward. Might also explain the schito mouse Jason had.
    Th above method is great once you have it up and run as any you can restore the backup and you have a new brand new just set up perfect computer.

  • Jackson

    Sorry to inform you. As I have been using Windows and providing windows swpport for some time and like to consider my self knowledgable .The problems you are experiencing with windows explorer are a result of several things.

    1 Hard Drives that are on the way out often case your computer or Windows to Lock Up or restart like you described. To check this get a hard drive surface scanning software. HD Check is free and very good.
    2 Drivers from some hardware manufactures.
    3 Some Applications or Applettes especialy those with built in drivers or written to run part or all in low level windows system layers set asside for drivers and windows system.
    4 Some times programs just don’t like Windows Explorer and Periodically Kill or Crash Windows Explorer.
    The way to test the later 3 is to perform a clean install of windows config windows to your liking and backup. Install no drivers and software at this point. Use for a few days untill you are happy nothing Windows Explorer is not crashing.
    Restore the backup and install one driver or application and backup again. Use for a week or until you are sure there are not conflicts then repeat.
    If any of the applicaion including windows explorer start to crash of give problem it means that the applicaion or driver is badly written and you should not use it. You should at this point restore the backup from two previous backups before you install the offending application or driver. Try an alternative application or get a new version of the driver.
    This is a slow process and is best if you have two computers one to work on and one to run new application on.
    You should also run a memory scan MemTest86 as well free and bad member can cause strange problems.
    The reason now this is a slow process. But my friends who have the problems you talk about with Windows explorer all have 100 of small and obscure application written. When we resinstall Windows and Lock it down so they can not install junk apps the problems go away.

    Also I have found some times video cards memory starts to die and then case Windows to miss behave. The resason is shadows video memory. Shadow memory is not ment to effect modern 64bit computers, but bith have observed this problem. The solution is to replace the video card, swap with a spare or a mates. Video card and see if the problem follows the card.
    Ite reason for backing up and restoring stright after install the software or drivers is to keep the installation clean. The longer you use the computer the more change there is of registry corruptions and file system corruptions that could be lying in the system waiting to casue ussues much later.You only need to keep a backup of the first and most recient ones. Don’t use restore point found it often does not work.
    Recommended backup tool is BART PE and SnapShot.
    This i have use for many years on all version of Windows.
    You should set up your computer with two partitions C: for installing windows on and D: for all data. You should point the My Fav’s, My Doc, My Pic etc to a folder structure on D:
    This should allow you to just backup and restore C: with out having to worry about loosing any data.
    This is how you should setup and maintain a computer. If you like I can post a list of non conflicting applications. I have and extensive list. But I siuld let you know the more application you install the slower your computer will run becase the registery gets larger. Also many programs install servers and drivers that sit in the back ground make windows less responsive.

    I hope this is a help.

  • Skot

    I am quickly becoming a Clover fanboy, but today’s update turned my address bar black o.O

    Win 7 HP x64

    • Adrian

      I have a problem with the menu buttons (cut, copy, paste, etc.) there are disable for Win 8

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