Hi all fellow afterdawners, this propably is gonna sound like a really wierd and random problem but her goes: Ive been running XP for a very long time now and ive started getting this problem. Sometimes explorer will just, i dont know how to put it, its like exporer becomes inactive. The only way i so far have found of bypassing it is by going into task manager and clicking one of the sort tabs i.e user name/image name/etc. This recently has become more of an issue and has been happening alot more. Also sometimes when i shutdown XP, i get an error flash before the 'windows is shutting down' screen. I know it says something to do with visual basic error but i cant quite see. Any help is welcome. Thanks alot. Ben.