It may be a corrupted file.
Windows Explorer, (what is commonly used when opening folders in XP, and includes My Documents, My Pictures, My Videos, etc), will try and render the video files in a folder if the "Folder View" is set to Thumbnails. If it comes across a corrupted video file, typically a .avi file, Explorer often fails.
The solution is to find that corrupted file and delete it. But that's the difficulty. How can you find a 'possibly corrupted' file if you cannot open the folder it is in.
The trick is to fool Explorer. Open Explorer into any other folder. Make sure the folder's View is set to Details, then goto Tools > Folder options, and select the option to "Display all folders the same", (the wording may be different).
See if that works.
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