For whatever reason Explorer has recently started locking files that aren't being used such that they can't be moved, renamed, or deleted. It almost seems at random. So I got a program called "unlocker" that breaks the lockouts on files so they can me moved again. The problem with unlocker is that if you do this to more then one or two files per boot, then explorer starts getting really flaky. For example it could take 5 minutes to open one folder. I can fix the problem by force quiting explorer and then reopening it with the task manager. But I really don't want to do that 15 times a day. Another way I can fix it is by right clicking on the start menu and then opening perhaps 5 to 10 "explore all users"... I have to do it quickly... one right after the other. That will clear the problem for about 5 minutes and explorer will behave itself. Then it will start doing it again. Really, what I'd like is for explorer to stop arbitarly locking files or for it to stop cheesing out on me when unlocker breaks the lockouts. Unlocker makes it very clear which program is locking a file. If I have word open and try to move the word document it says that Word has locked the file. If I'm copying some big files and try to delete them it says explorer has them. That's fine. But it's saying things are locked that haven't been touched by anything in weeks... and it's always explorer locking them out. Another work around I've found is that alternate file browsers will typically not respect These arbitary lockouts. So I can move or delete files with a dos prompt or Nero's file browser for example. Something is wrong with explorer... any thoughts?