Tried of windows explorer be so limiting? Why not try Explorer++, it doesn't even need to be installed.

Features:

With the option to save to the registry or a configuration file, Explorer++ is completely portable.
Tabbed browsing for easy management of multiple folders.
Display window shows previews of files as they are selected.
Easy-to-remember keyboard shortcuts for quick navigation.
Customizable user interface.
Full drag-and-drop support with other applications, including Windows Explorer.
Advanced file operations such as merging and splitting supported.
Download it here:
Explorer++ - A small and fast file manager for Windows