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    Windows Explorer throws in the towel

    When Windows Explorer is copying or moving multiple files, it quits as soon as it finds one file which is in use, corrupted, or otherwise can not be copied. It provides no way to restart from where it left off , either. This is maddening -- a, um, sophisticated program such as (DOS mode) Xcopy simply skips over the files that can't be processed, processes all the rest, and generates an error log, so it is then possible to decide what to do about the files that could not be processed.

    Is there any way around this idiocy in Windows Explorer, which has existed in one version of Windows after another? Does Xcopy work the same in Windows XP as in earlier versions of Windows? (I'm new to XP.).

    Also, PC Magazine offered a "No to all" utility for Windows Explorer a few months ago -- so as to make it possible not to or move all of the files which had already been copied or moved. Can anyone comment on this utility? Are there alternatives? Is there a good alternative to Windows Explorer which is intelligently designed to avoid its problems?

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    Re: Windows Explorer throws in the towel

    Yep! Windows Explorer is Deeply Horrible (even with XP), and I frequently end up getting files copied into the wrong directory. This never used to be a problem with NT's File Manager (WINFILE).

    If you really don't want to use sophisticated command-line programs like XXCOPY, ROBOCOPY, or (even) XCOPY, then have a look at Karen's Replicator, of whom people (and not just Karen!) speak highly. Other people will, no doubt, suggest other programs.

    John
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    Ita, esto, quidcumque...

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    Re: Windows Explorer throws in the towel

    A lot of folks like PowerDesk as a replacement for Explorer. I am not a user of the program myself, I tend to just work around the inconsistencies and swear occasionally. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
    -Mark

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    Re: Windows Explorer throws in the towel

    And the best of all, off course, is Total Commander (ShareWare). It's the Swiss army knife under the utilities... <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>
    It can be found at http://www.ghisler.com.

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    Re: Windows Explorer throws in the towel

    Edited by WyllyWylly to add URL code. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    I'm a 2xExplorer fan myself . . http://netez.com/2xExplorer/

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    Re: Windows Explorer throws in the towel

    Just adding a strong second to MartinM's suggestion. I've been using 2xExplorer for two years now - a truly excellent Explorer replacement.

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