Actually, that's not entirely true. Although XP has no built-in background support for folders, I found this program that integrates into explorer, so when you click on "Customize This Folder" ... there is an additional tab that lets you select a background to display. Click a button, and voila! backgrounds in XP.
EP, glad to see you come back and tidy up...did want to ask a one day favor, I want to enhance my resume , was hoping you could make me administrator for a day, if so, take me right off since I won't be here to do anything, and don't know the slightest about the board, but it would be nice putting "served administrator osnn", if can do, THANKS