I am used to to Win 95, then 98.
When I got WinXP, I noticed that you no longer get a total of files selected, (in a folder), in the taskbar. This applies to Zip files only.
If I have 400 bla bla.zip files and select 300 of them, the only way to get the total size of the 300 files, is to choose properties.
In Win 95, 98, the total size of any selection would appear in the taskbar at the bottom. The taskbar, (in a folder) in WinXP shows xxx files selected. (Where xxx is the number of files selected)
I hope I wrote this so someone could understand it,