Posted 29 December 2008 - 06:57 AM
As usual, the problem didn't stem from Microsoft, it stemmed from a user doing something stupid (me). I know that ignorance is no excuse, but I used a program to send keystrokes to the computer without user input. I kept getting these popup dialogs that were not closed by my popup blocker. The dialog was a simple box that said "Are you sure you want to leave the page you are browsing" and asked the user to press OK or Cancel. Since pressing <ESC> is the same as hitting Cancel, I used a program to send an <ESC> key whenever the dialog appeared. Unfortunately, the dialog had no title, so I left the title field blank. Little did I know that this program treats all of my menus (Start, Right-Click, etc.) as dialog boxes. So every time I opened one of the menus, the program dutifully did what I told it to do. Send an <ESC> key. That is why the menus immediately closed. I disabled the program and everything is fine (except my wounded pride - how could I be so dumb).
So I guess the moral of the story is - be careful what you do, the results may not be what you expect.