Software recommendation: TC Manager function plug-in batch update

Total Commander (hereinafter referred to as TC) is a well-known system file manager that has the most important feature of being able to expand the functionality of the software by installing plugins, just like Google Chrome. However, this file manager does not automatically update functional plug-ins, and the only way to update them is to use manual updates. But this operation is not only inefficient but also very troublesome, so we introduce a batch update method below.

Configure the information of the feature plug-in

Since there are many users in the network who use TC software and they also need to update the feature plug-ins regularly, a friend has developed a small tool called Total Updater. After downloading and unpacking, click on the language button ENG in the upper right corner of the interface and select the “Simplified Chinese” option in the pop-up menu, thus making the interface familiar with Chinese information.

Usually when the Total Updater tool is running, it will check the installation directory of TC software on the system to determine the information of the installed functional plug-ins. If the user is using a green version of TC, then it will not be able to detect it successfully, so we need to click on the “Configuration” tab of the tool. The tool provides users with various detection methods, such as scanning the files in the plug-in directory or reading the information in the TC configuration file to get the plug-in version.

For example, we will choose the way to read the configuration file information here, select the “Load plug-in list from the following given files” option, click the “Browse” button after the pop-up dialog box to find the folder directory where the TC software is located, and finally select Wincmd.ini configuration file (Figure 1).


Next, click the “Browse” button after the “Please select the download file directory” option, and set a folder directory at random, because the role of the folder directory is mainly to save the downloaded function plug-in installation package.

Tip: You can also use this tool to check and update the version of Total Commander software and other tools.

Batch update of feature plug-ins

Now we click on the “Update” tab in the interface of the Total Updater tool, and a dialog box will pop up to inform the user that the list of functional plug-ins needs to be reloaded immediately. We will click the “Yes” button here and the feature plug-in information will be scanned again. During the scanning process, we can get the current version number of the plug-in, and also get the version number of the latest plug-in in the network, so that we can know which plug-ins have been updated by comparing the version numbers (Figure 2).


Once the tool finds that a feature plug-in has been updated, it will not only alert you with a text message, but will also automatically gutter the list of these feature plug-ins. Next, the user only needs to click on the “Update Selected” button below to download the plug-ins. After the download is complete, the tool will pop up a dialog box to inform the user that the installation of these functional plug-ins will be performed automatically (Figure 3).


We can directly click the “Yes” button to start the batch update operation of the functional plug-ins (Figure 4).


Tip: When all the feature plug-ins are updated, we can open the folder “Please select the download file directory” and delete all the downloaded plug-in installation package files to avoid them from taking up the computer’s disk resources.

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