XP has some good qualities, but I am mystified at one problem. Even in List or Details view, the software seems to be reading the entire file in order to create the icon to display (like the little Adobe Photoshop Icon). It's bad enough in the operating system view, but apparently some programs use that same operating system function to display their file list. Nero for burning cds came with my system and it literally takes several minutes to display a list (no thumbnails) of twentyfour 4-5 MB files. The only setting I've found in the operating system to speed up display is for animations, which I've turned off.