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Instructions: enable the “Gallery” section in the “Explorer” in Windows 11 Build 25300+ (Dev)

In early January, it became known that Microsoft was working on a major update of File Explorer in Windows 11, and some innovations were already present in insider builds of the system, but disabled by default. Moreover, in one of the videos, representatives of the company confirmed that the new version of the application is being created based on the Windows App SDK using WinUI 3.

Famous insider Albacore was able to activate an early version of the new File Explorer in Windows 11 Build 25300 (Dev), which so far is no different from the current implementation, with the exception of a new button with a pizza icon. He also showed off an upcoming Gallery section with a timeline and a customizable list of photo sources.


Attention! The new version of Explorer is unstable. When interacting with tabs or the timeline, the application may crash. We strongly recommend that you experiment in a virtual machine.

  1. Download the ViVeTool utility by this link. This is a new version of ViveTool 0.3.2, the details of which we have covered in our material.
  2. Unzip the downloaded archive to any place on your computer (for example, you can create a ViVeTool folder in the root of the C: drive and place the files there).
  3. Open a command prompt as an administrator (for example, by typing CMD in the search and selecting the appropriate item).
  4. In the command line, navigate to the folder with ViVeTool using the command cd /d , then press Enter. For example: cd /d "C:\ViVeTool"
  5. Follower type the following commands, pressing Enter after each one:
    • vivetool /enable /id:41040327 /store:both
    • vivetool /enable /id:42295138 /store:both
    • vivetool /enable /id:40729001 /store:both
    • vivetool /enable /id:40731912 /store:both
    • vivetool /enable /id:41969252 /store:both
    • vivetool /enable /id:42922424 /store:both
  6. Make sure that the command line shows the message “Successfully set feature configuration”
  7. Download the program superUser from GitHub to run the command line as Trusted Installer.
  8. Run superUser64.exe.
  9. In the command prompt window that opens, type the following command and press Enter:
    reg add HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell\Update\Packages\MicrosoftWindows.Client.40729001_cw5n1h2txyewy /v Compatible /t REG_DWORD /d 1
  10. Agree to the change by entering a letter y and press Enter.
  11. Restart your computer to apply the changes.

To disable the feature, use the following commands:

  • vivetool /disable /id:41040327 /store:both
  • vivetool /disable /id:42295138 /store:both
  • vivetool /disable /id:40729001 /store:both
  • vivetool /disable /id:40731912 /store:both
  • vivetool /disable /id:41969252 /store:both
  • vivetool /disable /id:42922424 /store:both

I am Sanjit Gupta. I have completed my BMS then MMS both in marketing. I even did a diploma in computer software and Digital Marketing.

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