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PowerDesk 6.013

Publisher:Avanquest Software
Requirements:Pentium 133 or higher, 64 MB RAM, 40 MB disk space
Install:Install and Uninstall
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Publisher's Description:

PowerDesk - PowerDesk 6 free file management and zip utility for the PC desktop is an excellent replacement for Windows Explorer. PowerDesk is a file manager that has all the features of Windows Explorer; it encrypts and decrypts, zips, unzips and password protects, views numerous file types, and provides quick access to popular applications and e-mails. The powerful Power Desk search tool makes it easy to find files. PowerDesk Utilities' two pane interface is very similar to Windows Explorer. The Quicklaunch comes with shortcuts to programs like Internet Explorer, Registry Editor, Notepad and Paint. This toolbar can also be customized to launch any other app you want. Files can be permanently deleted or sent to the recycle bin with a click of the trash and recycle icons. Files can be zipped and unzipped using the right-click context menu. And files can be encrypted and decrypted with a few simple steps. PowerDesk decodes email messages, allows you to preview files in a file viewer and finds music files based on MP3 tag information. PowerDesk is the ultimate PC desktop utility and it’s free!

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Version 6.013 from 2005-09-01


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Latest User Reviews:

Mwmorse 2011-08-16 09:09:41 #
Version: 6.013

This was the last fully reliable version of this excellent program. The next two "upgrades" actually made the program worse, and were a completely shameless and criminal ripoff.
That said, PowerDesk is still the best file management program available for the money. I have tried most of the others, and all trip up in some way by comparison. The program is easy to learn and use, "intuitive," fairly easy to customize in reasonable ways, and quickly becomes a vital part of daily computer life.

Philip 2011-08-06 06:28:42 #
Version: 6.013

I have been using Power Desk 6.013 for a while now and am very pleased with it.
My only negative comment is that every now and again it will not open. and I am forced to use Windows Explorer.
Is there a fix for this.
Many thanks
Philip Bassett

Lwmccoy 2011-08-03 20:05:39 #
Version: 6.013

Great program. I own powerdesk 8 but the download and all the registration material was lost on computer crash. So I'm using the free product for now. I have used the programs for years and appreciate their utility.

Cgt1z 2011-07-31 14:31:58 #
Version: 6.013

love it use this version on all my XP machines and v 8 on all my Win7 machines.

Cgt1z 2011-07-31 14:31:14 #
Version: 6.013

love it use this version on all my exp machines and v 8 on all my Win7 machines.

W3r3wu1f 2011-07-22 03:04:29 #
Version: 6.013

I've used Powerdesk for about 10 years(started with PD4Free), i think its the ONLY File manager, i can't live without it, i went out and brought System utilities, thinking that PD was still apart of the bundle...
It wasn't, very disappointing(it cost me $99 in Australia!), so i've been living without PD for about 3 years( i did try the free version, but it didn't work with Vi$ta)PD, for me was always rock solid, so i thought that was strange...
Anyway, i'm going to try PD6.013,and hope that it works with Vi$ta(i'm soon to move to Win7 Ultimate, hope it works on that,crosses fingers)

Denis Hillman 2011-07-21 18:10:42 #
Version: 6.013

Well - this review is not about version 6 because I ended up purchasing version 8 which is proving to be excellent. I'm a long time user of V5 and I was distressed when it was broken after XP updates. However, all is well with the world again after installing V.8. (I find windows extremely clumsy without Powerdesk).

John Heard74 2011-07-12 20:30:20 #
Version: 6.013

Wonderful program, I use it a lot

N5dc 2011-07-03 13:30:31 #
Version: 6.013

I have used Power Desk for many years, and realy love using it. The only problem I continue to have after using it a few times, when I double click the shortcut it does not run. Not sure how to solve the problem

Jcooper 2011-06-18 11:19:18 #
Version: 6.013

The file search feature is the only search program I'll ever use. It's that good.

Ndterry 2011-06-14 15:53:23 #
Version: 6.013

The program installed itself in such a way that when I tried to open such pgms. as control.exe or one of my application pgms., PowerDesk would open instead. I had to reinstall Win7 to get rid of it.

Jackdudley 2011-06-03 00:55:46 #
Version: 6.013

Excellent utility. 10 out of 10.

Fl Friend 2011-05-16 21:47:51 #
Version: 6.013

Seems to work fine under Win7 (64), and still the best file manager available for free, IMHO. Some features are not included in this free version.

Ed Oster 2011-05-13 02:41:16 #
Version: 6.013

I have been using PowerDesk for over 10 years on several computers. I think it is a fantastic program, far better then MS Windows Explorer or Total Commander. However : since I bought twice a Pro license in the past, I was somewhat surprised that there is now a free promotional offer.

Djgarden 2011-05-02 19:46:06 #
Version: 6.013

Great software it makes it easy to keep track of files on multiple drives.

Tagreen51 2011-04-30 15:31:48 #
Version: 6.013

This is an excellent program. A first class replacement from using the "old hat" version you get with Windows Explorer. I had to replace my PC so Power Desk was the first program I had to install.

Revtkc 2011-03-05 10:17:41 #
Version: 6.013

Powerdesk is a great file transfering program, however, if you have to reinstall it on either a rebuilt or newer system it will not let you use it, unless you get in touch with the programs provider....likely to repurchase the licence.

I now don't use the program.

Bobskaraoke 2011-02-27 05:16:43 #
Version: 6.013

I Just like to say that PowerDesk is great software.

Cwshyguy 2011-02-14 06:48:36 #
Version: 6.013

i have been usineg file utilies for over 20 years and power desk is the best file management i have found. Thank you

Giginouno 2011-02-03 16:02:17 #
Version: 6.013

Hi,out of the blu I got this messege now when I start powerdesk7 "it appears that the serial#you selected when installing powerdesk was already used therefore this software cannot run with this serial number".
Can you help?

Josef Brada 2011-01-23 10:52:56 #
Version: 6.013

I've used PowerDesk for years, and it is a great program. However, now it just freezes up and won't work - have tried reinstalling to no avail.

Jacdes 2011-01-12 11:04:36 #
Version: 6.013

I love Powerdesk. It is the easiest way to move files around and organize them.

Myterrafirma 2011-01-08 07:25:16 #
Version: 6.013

I tried using it and I seriously couldn't figure out how to use it. In my's not very user friendly so I gave up on the file I was trying to "unzip" and on your software I downloaded to do it with. Maybe a tutorial on your software should be included !

Romanink 2010-12-28 18:08:28 #
Version: 6.013

I've used PowerDesk since version 2 and hate using a computer without it. It does just what you expect every time (unlike Windows Explorer). I especially like the dual panes & Layout Manager which saves them in any configuration for instant recall. You can select and sort files instantly in any view. Synchronize feature is amazing for backups, etc. I also appreciate the FTP transfer, viewer pane (although it doesn't work for the ribbon-MS office programs), file association and a host of other things you can do without leaving the program.

Climpo2 2010-12-24 00:54:02 #
Version: 6.013

hi i have used powerdesk a few times and it has turned out to be a handy program for flie relocation.
I woudl recommend it to others
regards keith

Lyndonmcgarvey 2010-12-03 12:44:33 #
Version: 6.013

Hi Download and installation went without a hitch.
However under Win7 Ultimate, when right mouse clicked on a file caused the program to stop/close. this happened several times and in the end became unusable.
Also when clicking on win updates in Win 7 caused Powerdesk to open instead of win update.

Under Win XP was fine and as normal. Have uninstalled on Win 7 but sill using under Win XP. Shame because the program is excellent I have used it for some years under Win XP/Wn2000

Drpaulquin 2010-12-01 19:10:30 #
Version: 6.013

Seems a useful product at first contact.

ShenkEK 2010-11-26 18:14:19 #
Version: 6.013

I had a problem with Powerdesk 5 & 6 on four Windows XP computers. When you right click on a directory to delete it an error occurred and Powerdesk would shut down. This would happen also with Windows Explorer if Powerdesk was installed on the system. Removed Powerdesk 5 or 6 and the problem was gone. I downloaded the new copy of Powerdesk 6 to see if that would solve the problem. It didn't. I purchased Powerdesk 8 and everything is fine.
Powerdesk has been a favorite of mine since the early '90's.

Roger Tonkin 2010-11-18 02:32:46 #
Version: 6.013

Although I only downloaded the software only 24 hours ago I have found it very helpful and am sure will use it on a regular basis in future

Srimira 2010-11-01 11:56:57 #
Version: 6.013

Comodo reports PowDesk6013_US.exe as Malware: Heur.Suspicious@25102819 so I removed it. Why should I take a chance?

Decker Robert 2010-10-15 12:51:51 #
Version: 6.013

Runs great, I cannot live without PowerDesk!

Cgt1z 2010-10-14 22:39:11 #
Version: 6.013

great product. In my house we have the paid version on 3 machines and the free version on 5.

Gerry Espey 2010-10-14 11:55:51 #
Version: 6.013

I have been a user of the free version of PowerDesk for many years.I prefer this tool because it simplifies a number of tasks that Windows has made unnecessarily difficult.

Bonk1954 2010-10-04 20:42:17 #
Version: 6.013

I've been using Power Desk in one version for many years now. I started with EZ file managing using an application called X-Tree, X-Tree Gold, and graduated to PD. I could not navigate properly using the archaic windows explorer. I am disappointed with PD-V6 (and 6013) for one irritating reason. Using it with Win7 (home ver), after closing the Appl, I have to go into Task Mgr to close files from PD that refuseto close when the appl closes. And the whole prog works too well for me to spend another 30-40$ (which I really can't afford anyway)for the v-7 or v-8. I really think that you should allow free updates to those version for long time, registered users. Also, not to limit use to 1 cpu. I use 3 cpu's in my house alone.

John Valentinetti 2010-09-27 16:43:00 #
Version: 6.013

PowreDesk is a great program for handling your files in Windows XP. Its double panel view allows you to find and transfer files with ease. I do not set up a computer without it.

Zippylady1222 2010-09-19 13:34:37 #
Version: 6.013

Love Powerdesk. Have used it for years. It is easier to use than MS Windows. Have it on all my computers.

Valkyrie Rosalee 2010-09-16 14:33:52 #
Version: 6.013

It's working just fine. I am enjoying it. Thank you, Rosalee

J Leonard 2010-09-13 16:45:49 #
Version: 6.013

I used to love working with Powerdesk 4 which I have found unreliable under Windows 7. It worked for a while then failed and had to be re-installed. It worked well with XP.
I have not yet had time to assess 6.013 but I look forward to trying it.

Stutz01 2010-09-04 21:14:53 #
Version: 6.013

I've been using PowerDesk for almost a decade, starting with v. 4. I'd recently purchased PD 8 for my Windows 7 machine, but wanted a modest upgrade to my WinXP machine. PowerDesk 6 fits the bill perfectly! I do nearly all my file management through it. I am at a loss when I find myself on a computer that doesn't have PowerDesk installed on it. Great product!

Hulsmans 2010-08-05 05:17:23 #
Version: 6.013

PowerDesk is a very helpfull sistem .I like it very much petrus hulsmans

Blown57due 2010-07-19 13:33:50 #
Version: 6.013

PowerDesk is a great program,but will only load once with Win7 without rebooting.

Marshall M 2010-07-17 16:51:16 #
Version: 6.013

Powerdesk is a capable and configurable Explorer replacement. I especially like being able to specify my old favorite Norton Commander hotkeys and the ability to preview files without opening their associated program.

Those are just the tip of the iceberg of the abilities of this great program.

Michelle Eeles 2010-07-05 11:21:09 #
Version: 6.013

it does not work with vista!

Hammerster 2010-06-23 15:29:39 #
Version: 6.013

easy download, easy install, great program.

Malcnoo 2010-05-30 02:02:09 #
Version: 6.013

It messed up my windows set up in that now I cannot open zip files. This happened after I removed PowerDesk.

Malcolm Bain

Wicksj 2010-05-06 00:05:16 #
Version: 6.013

Works the same as ver 7 that I on Win XP it loads ONCE per boot. What I mean is that if I close it in a session and then try to open it again it doesn't show up. It is there in the background but I cannot see it and I cannot use it until I reboot and it prevents Windows from shutting down.
I told powerdesk about this a few years ago but as with all software developers I was ignored. They know best.

Oscary2 2010-02-14 08:31:36 #
Version: 6.013

I have used power desk for years and happy with it
Untill now I had version 5 and could not upgrade
unil now when i found your site.
Exelent program

Ntquang 2010-02-04 09:40:42 #
Version: 6.013

i find PowerDesk is better than Windows Explorer with two windows and more functions. Till now i don't see any freeware in the catagory better than PowerDesk.

it was still better, wenn with the thumbnails view man could see directly the small picture.

Tribejx1 2010-01-26 13:09:17 #
Version: 6.013

Does well in correctly returning to the same directory, but has problems at times shutting down. Sometimes it remains active even though it says it has shut down, and must be killed off via Windows Task Manager -- otherwise, file locks can occur.

Ceder58 2010-01-25 01:59:49 #
Version: 6.013

I love Power Desk. I just downloaded the newest version but I've been using it for years. Light years ahead of Windows Explorer.

Djvgend1 2009-09-28 12:31:49 #
Version: 6.013

I own the professional versions as well, this seems to be quite sufficient for my purposes though...
It is a very nice program, which I have been using for a long, long time.

Dansik2k 2009-08-26 02:59:40 #
Version: 6.013

Hi, I'm playing with this Powerdesk 6, I used to have a previous version some time ago but lost it.

It's a good convenient product for lost of stuff, but I have noticed that sometimes it freezes or fails and I have to go back to explorer sometimes.

But still a good thing to have.


Hugh750 2009-05-06 03:53:07 #
Version: 6.013

it's everything windows explorer should have been.

Randgprojects 2009-04-28 00:17:21 #
Version: 6.013

I have been using Powerdesk Pro for a couple of years. I even bought a license for a friend. I find it irritating to be on a computer without it being available. I feel very strongly about managing the filing system the way I like it. The Powerdesk Pro is the easiest way to do so.

H L Brooking 2009-04-23 02:47:30 #
Version: 6.013

I used powerdesk pro 6 for a long time with complete satisfaction. After a computer crash I was forced to reload and could only install version 7 which I HAD TO PAY FOR.
This did not work as it caused a blank screen every time it was invoked and when it was closed.
A number of requests for help to Avonquest did get any useful response.

Prakashkarra 2009-04-12 00:02:36 #
Version: 6.013

A fine software addition to get hold of the several files, and see all contents in one go and do the needful, however, inclusion of accessing those difficult files to convert to commonly used format, registry check and correction facility, optimisation of the hard disc etc. would have been of great help to user. An advisory &search for corrective and free down loads of useful software
addtions to the site is suggested.
Thanks & Regarsd,

Bclark31 2009-03-31 22:05:32 #
Version: 6.013

I have used PowerDesk for years in various versions - always loved it .... Then along came Vista, especially 64 bit, and it has become a disaster. Caused many different problems - most were intolerable

Wallyg7 2009-02-11 23:10:53 #
Version: 6.013

Ease of Use

I first used PowerDesk when it was bundled with Fix-It Utilities. I have found it to be very useful over anything that Microsoft has in the OS.

Myrddin 2009-02-03 00:16:12 #
Version: 6.013

Still the best for windows

I've been using PowerDesk for years now. I think my first purchase of a Pro version was when 6 first came out. And, now I've bought 7 too -- though only because of Vista/Win7. BTW, they really need to work the bugs out of 7.!

Version 6 works great for xp and previous OS's and it's still my choice, hands down. I never use their preview so the lack of that in the free version doesn't bother me in the least. I'm always using the split-screen mode to explore/move or copy between folders, drives and back.n.forth to usb sticks.

Coupling PowerDesk and IZArc for archive handling you really can't ask for more when it comes to raw file handling. I just hope that the current owners of the software "AvanQuest", a french company I think, get some really good programmers to breath the life into the new version needed for the post-XP windows versions.

The one feature that the paid version has which isn't included in the free version is it's FTP features but, there are several good clients for that so, give PowerDesk 6 a try if you're using XP or prior systems. I do customize the toolbar so that I can get rid of the large button controls which are installed in the beginning.

Anyway, it's definitely my favourite for windows. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised if you spend some time getting it customised for your needs at just how quick it can make file management.

OH..!.. As a bonus, you also get a great FileFinder program even with the free version and, can have via right-click easy access to move to and copy to as PowerDesk sub-items.


Burt 2008-12-09 22:19:29 #
Version: 6.013

Fast and reliable

Navigate through your computer drive is a piece of cake, like you wouldn't believe. Copy, move, delete, zip and unzip etc. is so fast and easy.

Kimi Feuer 2008-07-18 10:32:11 #
Version: 6.013

Good product, but could use some changes.

After reading all the glowing reports about PowerDesk, I decided to try it myself. I downloaded ver 6 free and took it through its paces.

The product is good, alot better than Windows Explorer in many ways. The paid features would also seem to give it fantastic abilities.

The deal breaker for me, and maybe it can be resolved in some setup screen, is the display of networked drives. PowerDesk displays networked folders with the full description of the network location, instead of just their names. This makes traversing complicated network trees unmanagable. For the home user this issue would not probably even come up, but for a small business or networked environment, it rules out use of the software. Function over form.

You have a great product, and I applaud your giving away older versions to the computing community. You also may make more sales by affiliating with TechSoup really getting some non-profit exposure.

I'll be periodically checking on your newer version to see if you've resolved this issue. Until this thanks for a great product.

Mandara 2008-06-13 16:19:12 #
Version: 6.013

PowerDesk the Champion

I have been using PD (5) free version for several years. Now, with the "advent" of version 7 the price of version 6 was dramatically reduced and so I could afford to pay it. Even the limited-capability free version was way better than any other file manager I know and I did try many. But this one with its built-in ftp, file viewing, versatile customization and lots of other capabilities is a must-have. Very inexpensive now.

Mikeparris100 2008-05-16 07:25:25 #
Version: 6.013

Sometimes won`t load...

I love working with PowerDesk, much more robust than Explorer, but I have had the same single complaint with running it on both XP and Vista. When I first boot the machine PD will load fine, but if I close it and later try to load it, often (not all the time) simply will not load. But when I go to shut down my computer, it will show it was trying to load.

Power Desk 6 2008-05-02 11:05:10 #
Version: 6.013

Download Successful!

I was skeptical at first that this would work with Vista, but decided to try anyway, as I had used Power Desk with all previous Windows Software. I had no problems and the version 6 was familar enough not to create a new learning curve.

Surya EA. 2008-04-06 20:27:38 #
Version: 6.013

Wonderful File Manager Tool

This is a very powerful tool can do a lot that other might not able to do it.

Surya Effendy Amien 2008-03-30 05:55:31 #
Version: 6.013

Powerful Files Manager tool..!

It is a real powerful tool for everybody who wants to manage bunch of files in any 2 (two) drives simultaneously.

Philippa 2008-01-13 08:38:47 #
Version: 6.013

Requested feedback

It was OK, and has better features than the standard Windows Explorer, but there are other free file managers that offer similar functionality, such as FreeCommander and ExplorerXP.

The zip/unzip feature is useful, but again not exclusive.

I am not sure that this program solves problems, but it is another useful tool.

John Dealy 2008-01-11 10:51:32 #
Version: 6.013

Microsoft Windows Vista???

I have been using PowerDesk Pro 4 for a number of years (Windows 98 and XP). The only added feature in "Pro" that I use is "File Viewer".

I never use Windows Explorer on my Windows XP desk top.

My laptop is Vista. PowerDesk 6 works fine until it just disappears! Double click on icon, hour glass; nothing. Restart and it works again!

I will buy it when it works.

John Mitchell Sr. 2007-05-13 18:54:17 #
Version: 6.013

A little Spicy

I like PowerDesk, even though I can't afford the full version. The free version I'm using is feature laden enough but you have to dig a little to find some of the ones I use.
However, I would still recommend it to anyone over windows explorer any day.

MickLin5 2007-02-10 05:04:43 #
Version: 6.013

PowerDesk and Vista

PowerDesk works very well on Windows XP, but I have just tried it with Vista and the results were extremely poor, locks it up and it hijacked the complete windows interface. - Hope to see a Vista compatible version soon.


BobnMary 2006-12-25 08:54:04 #
Version: 6.013

Powerdesk - still needs something

I used Powerdesk 4.0 for quite some time until I found Total Commander, which I believe to be the most complete file manager I've ever used. Powerdesk 6 does not have the ease of use, user interface that makes it intuative.

Thanks for allowing me to try it out.

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