Weird. I saw this 6-8 months ago at a clients. I couldn't find an answer, he needed an upgrade anyway, so I took the easy route and wiped the hard drive and rebuilt everything.
Now it's happening to one of my computers.
If you try to run any program by double-clicking a shortcut, or even a .exe, with the LEFT button , the properties window for the program opens. It's impossible to run anything! Also, when you click on 'Start', the menu flashes up and then quickly closes - you can't get to any menu choices.
The machine is useless.
There were no notable changes to the computer. No new programs installed. Virus is up-to-date. Same with spyware protection. One second it worked normally, the next - computer hell.
I don't want to rebuild this one. I don't even see these symptoms in my searches, much less a resolution to the problem.
XP SP2 - 2.8 pentium - Gig of RAM
Has anybody else seen this? Has anybody determined how to fix it?