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Windows 7: Desktop Icons Can't Be Moved - Unlike Any Other Icon Thread I've Seen

14 Jan 2012   #11
Qdos

 

You don't happen to have "click-lock" enabled in your mouse properties do you?


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14 Jan 2012   #12
BorgCow

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

I want to thank everyone for their input and suggestions. Rep given as earned by you all.

AS I said, I could grap things really quickly and kind of "flick" them around the screen. I would flick something, then try to move it again, and it would go back to the corner. Then I wondered if I could flick something, then grab that same thing, and flick it again. As it turned out, I could. This problem, which has been going for a couple days now and cost me hours of time sitting and trying to fix it, is SO RIDICULOUS, that I started "flicking" my Homegroup icon around the screen in a sort of Micro-Tantrum just to vent my frustration. After about 5 flicks, the whole screen did a little flicker and I thought maybe I had made it even more angry with me. Instead of being angry, everything is now working fine, the way it always has. I even restarted again just to see if my "fix" would go away. Nope. I can move things around like normal once again.

I am going to give this a 'top of my lungs' WTF???? and just hope it doesn't come back

THanks again for the help, that was awesome. I was shocked to get replies so quickly! Anyway, I will keep an eye on what it does here for a while, and I will report back in if either it happens again, or I figure outh just WTF it was that happened.

Many thanks!

-Tim
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14 Jan 2012   #13
Qdos

 

Perhaps it's a Pinball Easter Egg...
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14 Jan 2012   #14
BorgCow

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Qdos View Post
You don't happen to have "click-lock" enabled in your mouse properties do you?

Just to answer, no, I had checked that but forgot to mention it. No, it's a mystery... Thanks!
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14 Jan 2012   #15
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 

Have you installed any new programs (or updates for programs) recently?
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14 Jan 2012   #16
BorgCow

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

Odlly enough, it started after the last Windows update. After looking around for hours today, since nobody else was complaining, I figured it couldn't be related. I don't think I had anything else update at that time.
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14 Jan 2012   #17
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 

I have had various updates (Windows and others) glitch.
After re-imaging my HDD and trying again, the problems vanished.

An NVidia update (for XP) hosed both of my Windows installs (i.e. I couldn't boot either of my Windows installs).
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15 Jan 2012   #18
PeaB4YouGo

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Okay... Now I'm interested in mouse settings and drivers. This is going to sound strange, but replace your mouse, and try the same things. Try to use a different brand and new drivers.

I'm just going to eliminate the hardware aspect of this...
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15 Jan 2012   #19
BorgCow

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

I guess I am going to have to call it solved. I have restarted a couple times, moved things around and for whatever reason, my "Flicking" seems to have kicked it back into normal function. If it flares up again, which I have a feeling it will, I will try messing with the mouse first thing. During one of the attempts I made to fix it, the mouse DID act up, so you might be on to something.

Thanks!
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15 Jan 2012   #20
bobtran

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I too have experienced this behavior and at the time traced it down to a video update from Microsoft.....needless to say, I never use the windows updates for video drivers and always download from manufacturer (in my case Nvidia), a link for this purpose can be found under "Graphic Cards" forum here at 7 forums. This has solved my issues with video drivers which as mentioned above can cause inconsistencies.

Glad you got it fixed.....agree with you "WTF".....I just hate it when problems fix themselves......it causes one to wonder......
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