It’s been driving me mad, this. Every time I handle an AVI file of a certain size or more than one at a time, Windows Explorer in XP “has a problem” and drops dead.
I Googled this and it’s been driving thousands (millions?) of others insane too.
Today, I found the solution!
1) Go to Control Panel
2) Open Folder Options
3) Change the setting to what is highlighted in RED:
This will change the windows from this, with the crap on the left:
To this, without the crap:
After that, I have had no more Windows Explorer “problems” when handling AVI files!
NOTE: Use this option only when handling AVI files. Because it will disable plugins to Windows Explorer. I use the plugin for Photo Toolkit, and that’s gone when I do this change. But after I’m through handling AVI files, I just go back to Control Panel, change the setting back to Show Common Tasks, and Photo Toolkit’s plugin is available again.