Can't Open Programs

By jwalker007
Jul 20, 2008
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  1. Hi....I've recently seen a new problem on my XP system. When I click on ANY desktop program, the only thing that opens is the property menu of that application. If I reboot, everything is fine...but I may have to reboot several times a day. I did a complete clean up...registry, antivirus, defender, spybot checking for any problems but that didn't seem to help. Any suggestions? jjwalker007
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    It's usually the right click "Open" command (context menu) missing
    But rebooting shouldn't fix that

    You did run all AntiVirus/Spyware tests fully?
  3. jwalker007

    jwalker007 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Yes...that is the first thing I did. Windows Defender...Spybot Seach and Destroy...AVG Antivirus....and some registry checks. I did not find anything that was unusual. Jwalkeroo7
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    By the way, is right click "open" showing

    Or does it show "open" when its faulted?
  5. jwalker007

    jwalker007 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    When I right click...the program box "flashes" and I cannot enter it. If I left click, the only thing that opens is the program's property box...the shortcut tab. When I click on the start button to reboot...sometimes I can just restart...but sometimes when I click on the start button, it will simply "flash" and I have to just shut the CPU down because I can't do it from the start button. I did just install a new modem and wireless router yesterday...I wonder if that is doing something....Jwalker
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

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