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i have a fresh installation of windows 2000 with service pack 2 on my pc - and theres one strange thing: drag n drop doesn't work at all! i can't drag'n'drop anything anywhere, theres no errormessage - my actions are just ignored by windows.

does anyone know this problem ?

theres another problem: sometimes a window becomes inactive just by itself, then i have to reactivate it by cycling through to it using alt-tab.
The taskbar also becomes inactive from time to time.

These programs don't crash, they just ignore my inputs...
strange thing
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by:EricWestbo
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Benutzername...

this might address your issue:  http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q275913

Hope this helps

/EW
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by:bumperz
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google expert?
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by:EricWestbo
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MCP 2K, actually
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by:benutzername
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hmm.. i'm not experiencing this bug when programming but throughout the system. drag'n'drop works NOWHERE.

the microsoft article you proposed reads like a hint to programmers how to avoid bugs..so its not what i need.

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by:benutzername
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heres a better description of the focus-problem:

when i click somewhere in a window the window becomes inactive and i can't click it anymore. the taskbar becomes inactive in the same moment. with alt-tab i can reactivate the stuck window and at the same time reactivate the taskbar.

this happens every few minutes... :(

i just reinstalled windows but i doesn't help...
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by:TooKoolKris
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You don't have any weird 3rd party hardware on this pc that you had to load specific drivers for do you? Something that W2K could load via plug-n-pray? If you say doing a fresh install doesn't cure the problem I would suggest that it's hardware related.

TooKoolKris,
MCSE+I, CCNA, A+
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Ajnin earned 50 total points
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Have you tried updating Internet Explorer?

Seen this solve problems with drag n drop and other oddities. If you've already installed the latest try reinstalling it.

Regards
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by:Ajnin
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As TooKoolKris hinted at you may need to do a fresh install from scratch not just reinstall on top.
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by:AvonWyss
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The question may sound stupid, but have you installed an anvivirus software and updated it with the newest definition files? Some worms are known to show such behaviour as described...
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by:MFK
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Is there anything at all in the event viewer?
I used to have this problem and the reason was bad RAM Simm.
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by:benutzername
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wow! this really was the problem...
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