Minimize, Maximize and Close Buttons are Unresponsive in Vista

Windows Vista Home Premium does not respond to clicks on the Minimize, Maximize, or Close buttons at the top right of a window. The mouse works normally for everything else, and a window can be closed using either keyboard shortcuts or choosing File- Close, but clicking the button doesn't work. The animation shows the button being depressed, but it seems to ignore the command.

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Check if this MS article is of any help:
The Minimize, Restore, and Close buttons stop responding when you maximize a Word 2007 window on a Windows Vista-based computer

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DrPingAuthor Commented:
The laptop does not have an Nvidia video card, and it also happens in safe mode, so I'm guessing the video driver isn't even loaded in safe mode.
DrPingAuthor Commented:
I have also done a system restore to before the problem started. No success.

Additionally some confirmation dialog buttons don't have any words on them.

For example, I uninstalled a couple non-essential programs (gotomypc and google desktop) to see if that would have any effect, but I noticed the prompts were blank. You still have to click the button, but no words (YES  NO) on the button. Just blank
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DrPingAuthor Commented:
Called dell tech support (still have software warranty) they couldn't figure it out either. Reformatted, reinstalled, problem no longer exists.

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DrPingAuthor Commented:
I ended up just reformatting. Thanks for your help. I gave you the points because no on else even posted.
I was able to fix it by disabling/uninstalling the video driver and lettting it reinstall itself. After that everything started working again.
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