XP Start menu and MS Office 2010 context menus quickly disappear
Posted on 2011-05-09
System: Microsoft XP SP3, MS Office 2010, Dell Vostro desktop for business with MS Updates kept up-to-date. Used for basic business: MS Office plus a few other basic app’s.
No recent installs/uninstalls or other system changes, other than perhaps MS updates.
Problem: On clicking the Start Menu button or tapping the Windows key the Start menu appears for about 0.5 seconds, then disappears. You can select a program if you’re quick enough, but can’t keep the menu active. Reverting to "classic" menu is a work-around, but did not fix the context-menu problem, described next.
In MS Outlook applications, right-click context menus behave the same: they disappear after 0.5 seconds or less.
In IE and Windows Exporer the context menus work. However, the main menus (from the menu bar) work except for the “Favorites” menu. When the “Favorites” menu is clicked the menu options appear, then disappear after a fraction of a second.
On-line searches for a solution came up dry.