Windows desktop in persistent edit mode

  Embridioum 08:16 20 Aug 2013
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Windows XP computer at work is going crazy and is in a persistent edit mode. Most obvious when clicking on the desktop icons, where they go into a "rename" state, and in Excel where the equivalent of F2 is happening (same as rename/edit). The lower left corner in Excel is quickly flashing edit/ready at a very high speed. This continues even though the wireless keyboard is shut off. The computer worked fine after a reboot, but only for a minute (when the work files and folders had been opened).

Extra info: The computer is a "server" for three thin clients. They work fine.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 15:45 20 Aug 2013

Sounds very unusual if not a sticking keyboard.

Boot to safe mode and try an XP repair by running

sfc /scannow

and let the file checker replace any missing or corrupt windows files

see if that solves the problem.

  Embridioum 17:49 20 Aug 2013

The problem was in the receiver (dongle). I unplugged it and saw the status of Excel stopped flash-changing. Plugged it in again, and it didn't act up again.

It's still strange, though, since we actually shut down the computer. Or was that a reboot? Does that matter?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:53 20 Aug 2013

USB ports can remain powered with the PC shutdown

I think the fact that you unplugged the dongle and thus lost its power solved the problem.

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