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Can't Move (Drag & Drop) Anywhere

  1. #1


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    Can't Move (Drag & Drop) Anywhere


    My problem occurred a few days ago while playing an online game (Hearthstone). The computer, out of nowhere, suddenly began locking up and opening menus I didn't intend to open in game. After I uninstalled and reinstalled the game nothing changed. Now the computer periodically "locks up" meaning I can't search the web, open files or anything. This can be fixed oddly enough by ctrl-alt-delete to task manager. The biggest and most annoying problem I'm facing right now is that now I can't move icons on desktop or anything in folders, including internet tabs. The issue is minor, but very inconvenient since I do a lot of drag & drop between folders.

    * side note - I did install an update a few days ago as well if that means anything. I don't think that's the problem as this has never occurred before playing Hearthstone, which happened after the update.

    Hope someone can help and thank you all.

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  2. #2


    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Might be a virus. Scanning time.
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  3. #3


    By the Ocean
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    Might be a virus. Scanning time.
    Search Windows Defender in the Charms Bar and click on it to do this, if you have no alternative antivirus.
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    virus and malware didn't fix the problem. It actually stopped about a week ago, but then it came back not long after. I'm at my wits end on this. It's not a virus and it's not malware. Seems like the computer just has a mind of it's own now and I can't get control over it any longer. About to pawn it off if I can't figure this out. The biggest issue is that I can't drag anything (like music files to windows media player). If you guys have any ideas as to what it could be throw them at me. Much obliged.
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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    shut down computer and remove power cord ,hold in power button for 1 minute,plug cord back in turn on computer ,report back if still having issues
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    So far it's not showing itself. I'll post back if it happens and try the power option.
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  7. #7


    San Jose - California
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    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    You can try a few things as follows:
    1. This works in Windows 7 so it's worth a try to see if it works in Windows 8:
      left click and hold down the mouse button on any file then press ESC key to re-enable drag & drop.
    2. If step 1 does not work. Open the registry and go to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop
      and check if the values for both DragWidth & DragHeight are set to 4. If not set them to 4.
    3. The third option is to disable UAC in the registry:
      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
      and set EnableLUA=0. However, this option will also break the metro apps in Windows 8/8.1.
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  8. #8


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    Seems to be working again. I plugged my mouse in earlier today and was able to drag my icons and stuff around again. Hard to believe it was as simple as that, but I had no clue as to what was going on for the longest. Thanks for all the insight guys.
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