I never used a third-party file manager until I got one of my Dell machines to dual boot WinXP and Linux. I know Windows, but SuSELinux caused me to reminisce about my earliest days behind a keyboard. Wildly unfamiliar things-alien window managers, command line stuff, bash.
OTOH, there is a compelling reason to persevere with Linux even for Windows power users: it makes a superb platform for casual internet browsing. Frankly, Windows is beyond redemption as a platform to launch your browsers for surfing anymore. Windows lost the war against malware. Maybe this is not exactly a news flash, but it's true. No antivirus or antispyware product-although expensive-works against everything. And, zero-day stuff? Forget it! Sure, you can install Sandboxie or DefenseWall and they work. Or, at least, they work until someone perceives an encumberance to their online experience. Heck, my relatives even dump their software firewalls to get rid of "all the warnings."
Do not misunderstand. I am no free software idealogue. I like WinXP; Vista is cool with me too. I'm unwilling to forgo a huge amount of Windows-centric software (Winamp, ClipMate, etc.). As a platform supporting casual web surfing, however, Windows should be replaced. Now.
If you do not wish to experiment with dual booting, then check out PC World's story about a sub- $ 200 linux machine. Nearly anyone can afford one. OTOH, if you wish to do a Linux install on your existing equipment, then surf over to linuxmint or go here.
This brings me to the point of my blog: a third party file manager called Krusader will smooth your transition to Linux. Guaranteed.
Windows enthusiasts still grumble about a steep learning curve for Linux, but this is mostly preempted with Krusader. It's * easy * to move files around like a pro, change permissions, unpack, pack, encrypt, delete or even shred files with one or two key presses. Moreover, you can easily invoke the "Start Root Mode Krusader" command from the Tools menu and make whatever changes you need to make with root privileges. Very cool.
Incidentally, and greatly due to my very positive experience with Krusader, I am working with two third party file managers for WinXP. Stay tuned.