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XP desktop icons won't move

By eribro ·
Can't drag or arrange icons on the desktop. Can't drag a window either. Running Xp Home on AMD Sempron 2400 with ecs 741GX-M mother board, PC2700 512MB mem. Any known issues with this configuration? Reinstalled twice and went through the repair and restore process.

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by Sue T In reply to XP desktop icons won't mo ...

If you right click on the desktop and look in the drop down for Arrange Icons By what do you have checked? Make sure auto arrange is not checked.

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Auto Arrange and alighn to grid are unchecked and still the same problem. Can't drag a window also.

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by MarkB-Ohio In reply to XP desktop icons won't mo ...

I actually had a similar problem a while back with a system. I changed the OS over to Pro and it took care of the problem and never came back. Not sure that is an answer but might be a way out.

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by kewlice33 In reply to XP desktop icons won't mo ...

I found this link from another forum site. It's for Win95/Win98SE/WinMe but I think will work as well in WinXP:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q137069

Try these as well:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\\Interface\{0000010E-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}\NumMethods

SHOULD BE: unnamed Value of type REG_SZ which is set to 12.

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\\Interface\{0000010E-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}\ProxyStubClsid

SHOULD BE: unnamed Value of type REG_SZ which is set to {0000030C-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\\Interface\{0000010E-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}\ProxyStubClsid32

SHOULD BE: unnamed Value of type REG_SZ which is set to {00000320-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}

Reboot and you should be good to go.

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by Blackcurrant In reply to XP desktop icons won't mo ...

Hi

Microsoft has this on unmovable icons:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;830071

I've never heard of windows not being able to be moved. Can you access the window control menu by pressing ALT+Spacebar, then use the arrow keys to select 'Move', press enter, use the arrow keys to move an outline of the window, then press enter to position the window in the outline?

Is your monitor and graphics adapter set up correctly? Check Device Manager and see if there are any exclamation marks or red marks on these devices.

Also check you have the most up to date drivers for your monitor and your graphics card. Make sure your copy of Windows is fully up to date by visiting Windows Update.

Good luck

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by Hazzard_005 In reply to XP desktop icons won't mo ...

I know this may seem silly but I have had a similar problem. When LF clickint items is acts like it is shooting blanks. The RT click works as it is supposed to. And double clicking with the left mouse button works fine.

Try using another mouse it may be that the Left click button is bad on the mouse or it could have a mouse driver problem as with say an optical mouse.

The machine I had this problem with had no more problems after replacing the mouse.

Hope this helps.

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