One possibility, it could be XP trying to create thumbnail views of all image files (jpg/mpg/avi/tiff/gif/png/etc.) in that directory.
If the video files are large or any are corrupted, it could cause Windows Explorer to crash or hang.
You can stop XP from doing this via one of the following:
to disable Video Thumbnail Extractor
Click on Start
, type regedit
and press Enter
to get rid of thumbnail previews but keep the summary details in the properties tab.
You can also delete HKCR\SystemFileAssociations\.avi\shellex\PropertyHandle
to disable display of summary details in the properties tab.
As always, before you make any changes to the registry, please back it up. An excellent way to do this is to install ERUNT
. Let it add an entry to your Start menu during the install process. That will allow ERUNT to backup your registry each time you boot. It only takes a few seconds and has no real impact on boot time. Run ERUNT immediately after installing it to create a full registry backup.