Before converting from Win 98 to Win XP I relied on a file manager first put out by Mijenix and taken over by Ontrack.com, PowerDesk Pro 4. But it crashed frequently in XP and wouldn't support zip files properly. I still used it some in XP because it would do things that Explorer would not. But crash, crash, several times a day. Ontrack has fixed the problems and released a new version, PowerDesk Pro 5. It works perfectly and is a relief to use instead of Explorer. They have a freeware (limited functionality) of version 4, but not (at least yet) of ver. 5. They also claim that their System Suite is XP compatible, but I note that it contains the non-XP compatible PowerDesk 4. The best choice would be to just look at the new PowerDesk if you want a better file manager.