Programs won't open, did work for a couple of days

  1. Posts : 2
    Windows 10

    Programs won't open, did work for a couple of days

    I installed Windows 10 a few days ago and it was working fine. As far as I remember, the only thing I tinkered with today were mouse settings (tails, click speed, etc). Now I have the following problems:

    1) Most/all of it is related starting up programs
    Left click on Start Menu does nothing. Right click brings up normal Start Menu items in black/white.

    2) When I left click on items in the list only some of the items on the Start Menu will launch
    "Do launch" list:
    Event viewer
    Disk management
    Computer management
    Powershell (Admin)
    Task manager
    Shut down or sign out

    "Don't launch" list:
    Programs and Features
    Power Options
    Device manager
    Network Connections
    Control panel
    File Explorer

    Things I have tried:
    Restart with shift held down
    Power off button
    Checked Task Manager to verify nothing is running/hogging the system
    Checked Task Manager: Kaspersky is running using using 5% of memory.

    Related problems?
    Earlier I could click on the up arrow on the right end of the task bar that normally shows things like Kaspersky, Bluetooth and other resident programs. The only thing that would show up was a "dot" icon for something. Kaspersky icon would show up gray and then disappear. Now there is no up arrow at all to click on.
    Clicking on a shortcut for Internet Explorer blinks but does nothing.
    Clicking on a shortcut for the calculator brings up a window with a small stylized calculator image and that is all.

    Just now I was going to try to restart it in Safe Mode and now clicking on Restart does nothing. :-(

    Any insight would be greatly appreciated. If this is addressed in another post, just point me there.

    Sue C

    Computers, we love them when they work
      My Computer

  2. Posts : 2
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    I gave it a few of hard reboots and all of a sudden everything is fine. I'm happy and mad all at the same time!

    Thanks for listening, y'all

    Sue C
      My Computer


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