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Mouse clicks don't work

I'm using Windows XP Pro on an Acer Extensa5620z laptop. Since yesterday, mouse clicking just doesn't work in inactive windows. What I mean by that is that I click on whatever aplication window that's in the background (or tabs in Firefox, adress bar vs. inside the website page), it just doesn't switch and doesn't react at all to buttons, menus etc. Both the touchpad, USB and bluetooth mouses react all the same way, even after reinstalling drivers. Therefore, it seems it's an internal Windows explorer or registry issue.

If I want to click on buttons,links etc, I have to call up the task manager first via ctrl+alt+del and click from there to make it work. It's a major pain in the ***.

I ran both an antivirus (ESET) and antispyware (S&D) check with no results, all seems fine. It might have to do with Windows Updates as it installed something. I haven't tried system restore yet but that's the very last resort, any ideas?

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  • jaywat Jul 17, 2008

    wow. i've scoured the internet about this one and this is the first and only mention i've come across... but... ME TOO! and it has to have happened at about the same time, too. Exactly as you describe; I can't click anything until i alt tab back to the same window. Also, though, all shortcuts, quick launch toolbar icons, windows start menu - anything clickable at all. Once you flick through the task list, everything seems to be ok for a while til it does it again. Looking for a more helpful solution that system restore (since that was the first, second and third thing I tried) or fresh install...

  • jayman1000 May 23, 2009

    Hi, I'm having the exact same problem. Changing to another mouse does nothing, problem remains.

    I've tried to delete the partition Windows XP is installed on, and then installing XP again. The problem STILL remains...

    Im absolutely baffled. How can the problem remain after windows reinstallation? Reinstalling windows should reset EVERYTHING right?

    So what is not being reset?

    Im guessing either a hardware failure on the motherboard or the bios is corrupted, since these things do not change when reinstalling Windows. I will get back after trying to update my Bios to the newest drivers. btw my mobo is ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe.

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If System Restore fails, try to do a Rebuild OS installation. You don't have to wipe out anything and preserve all the user settings.

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Use system restore I think thats your only solution next to a full format

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2. Hold down the windows key and press r

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8. Now go ahead and restart your pc.

9. Ones you have restarted the pc your usb ports will reinstall in a moment stand by while it installs all of them. If you get warning messages click ok or continue installation.

10. Now go ahead and plug the usb devices back in. Install software if required, all usb devices if not faulty or broken should work now. Also note the error code if you get one?

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