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Windows 7: I can't click windows 7 buttons Sometimes

17 Jun 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate
I can't click windows 7 buttons Sometimes

My Computer has worked awesome for months. Now all of a sudden after it sits for awhile.(Like 15 mins +) It wont let me click on any windows 7 buttons.
Cant click on icons in the quick launch area.
Cant click the buttons to close an open window.
Yet I can click on desktop icons.

Only way to get it to let me click again is hit CTRL + Alt + Del When the window pops up with the options I can hit cancel and I can click on these things again. It's getting more frequent and annoying!

I have run disk check repair and that didn't help.

Any advice would be great!

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17 Jun 2010   #2
WalkerA WinTeam

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) *** Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), OSX 10.6

Hi phrostbyte,

Have you tried doing a System Restore?


Windows Outreach Team
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17 Jun 2010   #3
Product FRED

Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit

Have you run a virus scan? I recommend Malwarebytes' Anti-malware and SUPER Anti-Spyware. What are you currently using?
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08 Jul 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate

I have run system restore and run 3 different virus scans with no success... Anyone have any other ideas why this might be happening... I cant click anything at all till I hit ctrl + alt + del.. then I hit cancel and it works fine...
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08 Jul 2010   #5

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro

I would suggest performing a repair install ... Repair Install

This will show you how to do a repair upgrade install to fix your currently installed Windows 7 and preserve your user accounts, data, programs, and system drivers.
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04 Aug 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate

I have done the repair install and still have the same problem!!!

Why does nothing work!!?
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04 Aug 2010   #7
WalkerA WinTeam

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) *** Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), OSX 10.6

If a Repair Install didn't work, you may need to perform a Clean Install.

Windows Outreach Team
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21 Mar 2012   #8

Windows 7 64 bit Professional
I solved this

Had the same problem after a new install of Windows 7 64 Professional.

The symptoms were intermittent : couldn't click the Start button, anything on the toolbar, or anything that controlled a window (resize etc). In-app buttons and functions worked though. The only thing that fixed it was CTRL-ALT-DEL and it got very annoying.

I ended up uninstalling everything bit by bit trying to find the issue.Then I unplugged my mouse.

It is a great mouse - Logitech G9X - but it has an interchangable cover and it was holding down one of the side buttons. Fiddled with it until it was seated properly and all was good. Apart from having to reinstall all my updates and half my applications......

You might not have the exact same issue, but do check mouse hardware.

It was so annoying that I registered here just to share this, so hope it helps someone!

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01 Apr 2015   #9

Windows 7

Had the same problem, untill i read Sebbs post.
I created this account just to thank you Sebb , I also have G9x mouse and a few days ago I changed the case when the problem occurred.
Read your post and removed the case, everything worked.

So thank u!

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