One big omission was trapping Open Containing Folder (or Open file location) commands issued from programs like Firefox or uTorrent. Such commands only half-worked with xplorer² because the folder was opened but the file in question wasn't selected. Well not any more, I spent quite a lot of time and effort battling with undocumented features and can proudly announce that now xplorer² can trap SHOpenFolderAndSelectItems calls and show the selection like windows explorer does it.
Once this summit was conquered I also added DDE support so that xplorer² can also open when you click on My Computer and for other similar folders (note: xplorer² was always able to read such folders but not to intercept their opening from the shell). So now xplorer² is able to replace windows explorer to the maximum technically possible extent.
If you want xplorer² to take control of all your desktop folders, you must choose so during installation (see picture to the right). If you missed this option first time, just run the installer again (no prior un-installation required). There are two additional variations available:
If you don't want to get too radical, don't tick "open all folders with xplorer²" but make sure "Add to folders context menu" is ticked. Then whenever you need xplorer² on a folder, right click on it and choose Open with xplorer² command from the menu.
When you choose the full replacement mode, xplorer² starts running automatically whenever you boot up, but don't worry it just sits in the background doing nothing and consuming minimal resources until you actually open a folder. To make the most of this feature, don't use File > Exit menu command but instead use <Alt+F4> or the [X] titlebar button to close xplorer² windows. This will ensure xplorer² is always running and ready to handle your folders.
The new version 2.5 is not only about replacing windows explorer, there are a few more goodies.