Please do not ask me why this one has never been fixed. We have discussed it so I'm going to cut to the cure.
-> Move half the files our to another directory and see which half the file that gives Explorer pain is in. Now cut that in half. In less than 9 tries you should find the file that causes Explorer to not respond.
Remember it is a well known issue. Microsoft has shown no interest in fixing this one.
I was trying to access (in Windows Explorer) a file directory with over 200 files in it (mostly BMP's [Second Life screenshots] and RTF files), but showing me only the most recent thumbnails, XP said "Not Responding". I kept waiting for it to respond, and went and did other things (web browsing, mostly) while waiting, but it never responded, and finally I just had to shut my computer off for the night.
The next day, all the files are gone from that directory except for that handful of more recent ones, the one's that were onscreen when Explorer. Why the hell did this happen (other than the fact that Windows is crap)? Is there anything I can do to try to find and restore these files?
Thanks in advance ...