Okay, I tried disabling it and restarted the comp (made some other small aesthetic changes to speed up, too), but the moment I hover the cursor over the same sort of file, it started to crawl again, so had to force restart. I don't know what this thing is trying to do, but when I hover over, or click on it, the little green bar starts to fill up the address, but stops, and that's when I know it won't respond. ... EDIT: Found out something: as long as I don't do anything else while that green bar is filling up, it doesn't halt or freeze. I'll now try to open the file up. ... Further EDIT: Opened the file up in Photoshop fine, but having to do nothing while it gleans info on it is simply not on. Hell, Vista dealt with these files much better, and that's saying something. I'll keep thumbnails off as it seems to help a little. If there's anything else you can think of that could resolve this problem, then please let me know. Either way, thank you very much.