Ok, I think I got it. You mean in Windows 7 there's no listview control with details mode to use for file listings just like in Explorer so you can't have rectangular selection at all?
Not sure if I understand you.
The list view in Windows 7 Explorer is not the standard Windows list view component. Despite it is actually looking almost exactly as one. It is custom built component used for the Windows Explorer only and it cannot be used by third-party developers. The standard list view component in the default style (XP-like) supports the selection we want. But if you set it to modern visual style (so that it looks like Windows 7 Explorer), it stops behaving like we want. Probably the only solution for this would be to implement selection completely from a scratch. But that's insane task. Still hoping for some magic answer :)