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#1 needsalittlehelp

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Posted 30 July 2010 - 07:15 AM

I am using windows 7 64-bit. Recently I started having problems with my desktop. If I right click on an icon or the desktop itself the menu doesn't open. If I left click on an icon nothing happens. I have run anti-virus and spyware programs and they came up clean. Any help would be appreciated.

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Posted 30 July 2010 - 07:28 AM

Assuming your mouse is working correctly for everything else, is it possible someone has played a prank on you? Desktop prank
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Posted 30 July 2010 - 07:48 AM

very interesting reading--- but not a possibility. my mouse does work fine everywhere else.


Also I can access everything on the desktop through windows explorer.

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Posted 30 July 2010 - 08:51 AM

Right click on blank spot of desktop and go to refresh and see if that helps.

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Posted 30 July 2010 - 09:56 AM

Make sure the path from the Icon (shortcut) still leads to the correct program.

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Posted 30 July 2010 - 03:41 PM

I once had a problem like this an in the end I had to change some reg key values an it work again.

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Posted 31 July 2010 - 09:01 AM

Hello again,

Thank you for your replies

Layback Bear--- as I said in my original post if i right click the desktop the menu does not open so I cannot hit the refresh button. unless there is another way to get to this feature this will not work.

AustinTerry-- It isn't like I cannot get to the program and get an error message. I click on the icon and it does not even highlight. So it is like I am clicking on nothing. since I cannot right click on the desktop then I cannot find the path to the program anyway.

650038haig Which reg values did you change?- are you sure this will not do additional damage?

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Posted 31 July 2010 - 09:43 AM

I once had a problem like this an in the end I had to change some reg key values an it work again.


I wouldn't ever advise inexperienced people to muck in the registry.

To needsalittlehelp, create a new user account on your computer and log in under it. Do you get right click functionality back?

#9 Layback Bear

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Posted 31 July 2010 - 10:19 AM

Sorry I missed that (or the desktop). Question. Does your right/left click work other places on your computer. Such as the Start button.
Have you been doing anything with the registry; any cleaners ect.

Edited by Layback Bear, 31 July 2010 - 10:21 AM.


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Posted 01 August 2010 - 07:56 PM

Sounds like some settings got corrupted. If you have your installation DVD, use it to repair your installation.

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#11 Layback Bear

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Posted 04 August 2010 - 09:37 AM

Just another though. I don't know if will help but it's the only thing I can think of at this time. Start and type in desktop go to properties, desktop Icons and used default then OK.




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