When I right click on a file and click delete Win XP goes into a song and dance, terminates Windows Explorer, then Dr Dobbs, and sometimes locks so that I have to pull the power plug out of the wall. Sometimes If I CTL/ALT/DEL and close everything I can get control again. Because of this have so many files everything is getting very slow and balkly. I have tried to the install disk to see if I can repair the operating system but there is no such option there. I am only offered the option of a complete reinstall which loses a lot of my work. BTW: If I drag the file to the Recycle folder, it doesn't hang.
Interesting thread here. I have run into a few similar problems. When i was doing some video editing using Pinnacle Studio 9, messages like computer shutting down, and unable to open win explorer or My computer. I have to shut down and reboot it then takes forever to load coukld this be associated with divx codec as Acolyte suggests?