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Drag and drop problem

Drag and drop problem

Drag and drop problem

The machine is a Dell Dimension 4600 running XP Home.  Suddenly, we cannot drag and drop items in Windows Explorer.  There were no new programs installed, nothing unusual before this started happening.  We have run updated virus scans and AdAware with no results.  Cut and paste works, but not drag and drop. Anyone have any ideas?

"Whatever one man can dream, another can accomplish" - Jules Verne

RE: Drag and drop problem

This is often an indication of the blaster worm or one of its many variants.  Some of the early symptoms of infection observed by others in the newsgroups:

* If you see a process running called "msblast.exe", you have it.
* SVCHOST shuts down with errors
* Drag and drop stops working
* Add/Delete programs comes up blank with a "Cl&ose" button
* File Search will fail to launch
* Shift-Click in Internet Explorer (to launch in new window) does not work
* Internet Explorer shows a blank version number (Help->About Internet Explorer)
* Numerous programs (MS-Word/Excel, EZ-CDCreator, etc.), will not launch
* Outlook Express will fail with (insufficient memory) if one tries to send a new message

A check of your system for the msblast issue would be a good idea.  Some resources:  http://www.newtechhelp.com/virus/blaster-welchia/

RE: Drag and drop problem

Thanks for the prompt response, Bill, but I don't think blaster, or any other virus, is the problem.  As I originally said, we ran a complete and updated virus scan (McAfee) and I also checked running processes... everything there looks normal.  No "mblast.exe" - also not experiencing *any* of the other blaster symptoms you listed.

Any other ideas?  Anyone?

"Whatever one man can dream, another can accomplish" - Jules Verne

RE: Drag and drop problem

Good, then we can try two other remedies.  I am assuming by the way that you are not receiving any error messages during your attempts to drag and drop.

1. Check your settings in DCOMCNFG.  

This is based on MS KB Q274696:  http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us...

For XP the modified solution is to open dcomcnfg, go to the properties page for Component Services | Computers | My Computer, go to the Default COM Security page, under "Access Permissions" click "Edit Default" and make sure that the local SYSTEM and INTERACTIVE users have "Access Permission" with the "Allow" checkbox checked.

2. Re-register some DLLs.

Start, Run, and either type CMD and paste the below as a box into the CMD session, or enter each line one-by-one:

regsvr32 urlmon.dll
regsvr32 Shdocvw.dll
regsvr32 Msjava.dll
regsvr32 Actxprxy.dll
regsvr32 Oleaut32.dll
regsvr32 Mshtml.dll
regsvr32 Browseui.dll
regsvr32 Shell32.dll
regsvr32 riched20.dll

RE: Drag and drop problem



Thank you very much for the directions.  Only one problem... you wrote them as if I'd ever seen that page before!  LOL  I got as far as running DCOMCNFG and opened the tree as far as My Computer.  But I don't know how, or see an obvious way, to:

a) go to the properties page
b) find the Default COM Security page
c) do anything beyond that

LOL again

I am new to XP and network issues have never been my forte.  If you could provide more step-by-step instructions, my husband and I would be very grateful (it's his computer which is having this problem).

Thanks again!

"Whatever one man can dream, another can accomplish" - Jules Verne

RE: Drag and drop problem


Never mind, I poked about a bit more and found where you sent me.  I'm pretty sure I did everything right.

When re-registering the dlls, I got the following two failures:  

1) "msjava.dll was not found"
(which might explain why most java doesn't work for my husband);
2) "riched20.dll  was loaded, but the DllRegisterServer entry point was not found.  This file can not be registered."

Rebooted with no change to original problem.  We also discovered that he can't drag and drop desktop icons, either.

"Whatever one man can dream, another can accomplish" - Jules Verne

RE: Drag and drop problem

Start, Run, dcomcnfg

Expand Component Services
Expand Computers
Click on 'My Computer'
Click on the menu bar at roughly top center the little computer icon.
Click on the tab Default COM Security
Click on Edit Default

You should see both SYSTEM and INTERACTIVE.  If only SYSTEM, click Add.
Click 'Advanced'
Click 'Find Now'
Scroll the list and click on 'INTERACTIVE'
OK, then on the next screen OK
You should see now where only SYSTEM was listed, INTERACTIVE listed as well.

Okay your way out back to windows.

RE: Drag and drop problem

Just a longshot.
Right click on the start button
Select properties
Highlight the start menu tab
Click customize
Highlight the advanced tab
Scroll down
Enable dragging and dropping (checked)

RE: Drag and drop problem

Yep, that's exactly what we did, plus a reboot.  Problem remains unchanged.  Did additional virus scan, just to be certain.  Results negative.

"Whatever one man can dream, another can accomplish" - Jules Verne

RE: Drag and drop problem


Thanks for the suggestion, but the box was already checked.


"Whatever one man can dream, another can accomplish" - Jules Verne

RE: Drag and drop problem

Last two thoughts for tonight:

1. Start, Run, sfc /Scannow

This will do a version and integrity check of XP system files.

2. You might consider removing (through Add/Remove) Hotfix Q824145.  It does some odd things that are not consistent between XP versions. While yours is not the typical complaint, odd things happen with this particular Hotfix. See:  Thread608-707053

3. There are several Third-Party programs that can cause this.  Have you installed any new software recently?  A system restore to a point earlier than your issues would not be a bad idea.

4. Ignore any registration errors with the commands I gave above, many are normal.

RE: Drag and drop problem

That one was for drag & drop to start menu.

RE: Drag and drop problem

When you have run your Virus Scans are they set for "All Files"?

Try checking this setting.

IE/ Tools/ Internet Options/ Security/ Internet/ Custom Level/ Drag and Drop or Copy and Paste.

Specifies how you want to handle potentially risky actions, files, programs, or downloads. Select one of the following:
To be prompted for approval before proceeding, click Prompt
To skip prompting and automatically refuse the action or download, click Disable.
To automatically proceed without prompting, click Enable.
Note:  Some options do not provide a Prompt setting. Also, these options do not apply to FTP folders.

If no luck try this site for a "Drag and Drop" XP fix.  The zip file is a direct link to down load the file (21kb).


Some general things to try.

See if System Restore will get you back to a restore point before your problem with Explorer.

Try Safe Mode (Do you have this problem in Safe Mode?).

Run the System File Checker program from the Run Box by typing.....Sfc /Scannow in it and have your XP CD handy.

HOW TO: Verify Unsigned Device Drivers in Windows XP

If they don't work you could try repairing windows itself by running it over itself.  You will lose all your windows updates but your files will be untouched.

How to Perform an In-Place Upgrade (Reinstallation) of Windows XP (Q315341)

For Java, you go to
Sun and download their full version. It's free:

Or you hunt around for a Microsoft Java VM.  If you can get any old version of that installed you can then update to the current version through Windows Updates, but you must have some version installed to do this update.  For legal reasons Microsoft cannot help you with Java any more, but are allowed to update older versions, for the present.


RE: Drag and drop problem

I had the exact problem as rocmills, plus drag and drop problems with my desktop and start menu
I suspected it was a virus and used a w32.blaster worm removal tool and founded no virus
then followed the bcastner`s instructions, there were some dll and ocx files had a bad signature and sfc utility replaced them (you can see it in right click my computer-->system tools-->event viewer-->system     type: information   source:  Windows File Protection)
AND AFTER IT I used the Microsoft Money Central Repair Tool (if you can`t find it i`ll send you ) regsvr32 Oleaut32.dll again and finally rebooted my system
now it works fine
thanx a lot bcastner
and sorry because my poor english P-)

RE: Drag and drop problem


Check out the FAQ on this issue: FAQ779-5242.  Hope it helps!


RE: Drag and drop problem


. First, a warm welcome to Tek-Tips
. Perhaps you can provide a little more detail for your FAQ and fix.  I am curious as to the regestry entries made.

RE: Drag and drop problem

I followed the instructions in this post and have not been able to fix this problem. HK7 mentioned a Microsoft money central repair tool. Can anyone point me to this?

-A Hapless Rookie

RE: Drag and drop problem


This post is getting long in the tooth.  Try my updated and enhanced solution first:

Open a new notepad session, to be called IE_fix.cmd, and copy/paste the below:

regsvr32 urlmon.dll
regsvr32 Shdocvw.dll
regsvr32 Msjava.dll
regsvr32 Actxprxy.dll
regsvr32 Oleaut32.dll
regsvr32 Mshtml.dll
regsvr32 Browseui.dll
regsvr32 Shell32.dll

Save the file, then double click IE_fix.cmd and answer the prompts.  Ignore any error messages.

Reboot and test again.

RE: Drag and drop problem

hi folks;
couple of quick points;
[...as the long tooth becomes a fang ]
I'm not up on current MSOffice DLL versions, and associated apps, nor with all XP DLLs per se -- so some DLLs below may be older - feel free to update with the correct file name.
[1] I'm inclined to think it's related to an unregistered DLL ( improperly registered or overwritten/replaced, and even perhaps an OCX that needs re-registering - thinking an Explorer issue more-so than an IE one).
along these lines - I'd like to add a few to the list (that bcastner already posted);
regsvr32 Comctl32.dll
regsvr32 Shlwapi.dll
regsvr32 User32.dll
regsvr32 User.dll
regsvr32 Olepro32.dll
regsvr32 Ole2.dll
regsvr32 Ole2conv.dll
regsvr32 Ole2disp.dll
regsvr32 Ole2nls.dll
regsvr32 Ole32.dll
regsvr32 Olecli32.dll
regsvr32 Olecnv32.dll
regsvr32 Olesvr.dll
regsvr32 Olesvr32.dll
regsvr32 Olethk32.dll
regsvr32 Oleacc.dll
regsvr32 Setupwbv.dll
regsvr32 Softpub.dll
regsvr32 Wininet.dll
regsvr32 Wintrust.dll
(sorry bout the long list, but might as well try em all - and depending on which version of IE you're running these files will vary, and you'll definitely get some errors when trying to register them all).

The other quirky thing about this, is that you'd think that an SFC /Scannow would restore the Original DLLs - if some are wrong versions or have been maliciously replaced by malware (as certain usual Windows files can and are - such as rundll32.exe and regedit.exe and notepad.exe to name a few).

[2] Someone will have to follow up on the OCX theory, kinda like the way exoticspice's faq lists entries to the Interface Key - perhaps it's a TypeLib prob. I think the OCX files may need the full path listed in the command?

[3] I've heard of anomalies with drag-n-drop and cut and paste from having more than 1 Keyboard Language set in the Keyboard Properties > Language tab of Control Panel.

[4] Finally....anyone think this is an Accessibilty Setting option gone awry?

......oh well - a shot in the dark anyway.


These are just my thoughts....and should be carefully measured against other opinions.
Backup All Important Data/Docs

RE: Drag and drop problem

I've just had this drag & drop not working issue. By chance I also had a paging file/virtual memory issue. I increased the size of my VirtMem and it seems to have cured the D&D problem too.

Hope this helps.

RE: Drag and drop problem


18 months of frustration FINALLY OVER!

Can't say it'll work for everyone else, but here's what solved the issue for us: MICROSOFT ANTISPYWARE BETA!

Yes, it's true.  Had hubby install the above and after its first run the desktop had returned to fully normal function!

"Whatever one man can dream, another can accomplish" - Jules Verne

RE: Drag and drop problem

Sorry about the false alarm.  Antispyware fixed the problem, but it came back a few hours later.

"Whatever one man can dream, another can accomplish" - Jules Verne

RE: Drag and drop problem

The fact that MICROSOFT ANTISPYWARE BETA had some effect on the problem might justify further efforts in malware detection as a final cure.

Many nasties are cleared or partially cleared initially by these type of programs but due to their (the malware) code they are able to regenerate themselves later.  These are the hardest type of malware to remove.

Try Removing adware & spyware

And perhaps even post your Hijack This log.

RE: Drag and drop problem

I had the same problem after running a registry cleaner (perhaps I was a little too enthusiastic).  I was missing the INTERFACE access in my DCOM.  Once I added it and rebooted, everything was fine.  Thanks everyone, especially bcastner!

RE: Drag and drop problem

   I have to second one of the posts in this thread - after investigating all the software fixes posted, without success, I powered off the machine and powered back up with A DIFFERENT MOUSE attached.  Bingo, problem disappeared.
   So.. don't sharpen the harikiri knives until you've tried a direct substitution -- on THE MOUSE.

RE: Drag and drop problem

***Solution that worked for me (2 actually)***

I've had exactly the same problem as reported by rocmills including the same responses when registering DLLs etc.

I unplugged my mouse and restarted the machine (as advised by rjberry) and it fixed the problem. I plugged the mouse back in and again the drag and drop did not work.

I noticed that even when at rest my mouse (a Dell optical mouse) seemed to be bright (as if it were active).

Like any true male I whacked the mouse a few times incase something was jammed inside and the light dimmed (did not turn off) and it appears everything is working fine now.

Moral of the story - it's probably the mouse.

(PS I'm using a Dell Latitude D410)

RE: Drag and drop problem

Well, I did have the same problem.
Could not drag-and-move.
Tried everything you said here; dll files reg fix, XP reg fix, mouse and so on.

Had a shitty time at work today thinking that my new computer was messed up at home, and that I probably had to reinstall windows XP.  f...

Restarted when I got home.

Same shitty problem!

then --->  he he he, ha ha -->
 suddenly noticed that my Esc button was stuck. Got it loose, and VOILA...

Ha ha ha


RE: Drag and drop problem

I've had a problem with my computer now for quite sometime. I have searched the net for countless hours, and have yet to find a solution. I'm completely stumped. I have a Sony Vaio RB30. I have run countless virus and spyware scans, and have yet to find a thing. I have bought a new mouse. I have tried to wipe the harddrive and reinstall everything, but Sony requires you to use a Recovery Wizard on your computer. When you first turn on the computer the start window will not stay open. I have found that if you click the NumLock key for some odd reason it will allow you to access the menu.

I also can not drag icons nor can I move anything in the favorites. I can copy and paste, but that's it.

Also at times you can be typing text and it will suddenly disappear. In other words the cursor will erase everything you have written, such as everything I have typed thus far meaning I would have to start over.

I'm clueless. If anyone can point me into the right direction, I would be soooooooo trilled and thankful.

RE: Drag and drop problem

To get further information about the error look in your Event viewer.

Look in the System or Application folder.  You can get to the Event Viewer via right click My Computer icon and select Manage.

Any errors logged in the Event Viewer can be expanded by double clicking on the error line.
Take any event error I.D. number and search for it on these sites.


If the error occurred after installing a device driver or application, try using Safe Mode and removing the driver or program.

To check your RAM.


To check your Hard Drive.

The drive manufacturer will have free diagnostic software to check your drive for problems.

To check your drivers.

HOW TO: Verify Unsigned Device Drivers in Windows XP

To check conflicting software.

310353 - How to Perform a Clean Boot in Windows XP

316434 - HOW TO: Perform Advanced Clean-Boot Troubleshooting in Windows XP

310560 - How to Troubleshoot By Using the Msconfig Utility in Windows XP

Removing adware & spyware

Will check your computer for spyware and adware.

See if you have any services that are flagging as "Starting" but not actually running.

Some general things to try.

See if System Restore will get you back to a restore point before your problem with Windows.

Try Safe Mode (Do you have this problem in Safe Mode?).

Try running ChkDsk to check your drive for errors. Right click your Drive icon/ Properties/ Tools/ Error Checking.

Run the System File Checker program from the Run Box by typing.....Sfc /Scannow in it and have your XP CD handy.

If they don't work you could try repairing windows itself by running it over itself using the Recovery CD.

These are some examples of text problems, I can't see that they apply but they do show what can happen and why.

Problems with Outlook Express

Delayed Response When Editing Internet Explorer Forms and Outlook Express May Take a Long Time to Start


RE: Drag and drop problem

Also, have you checked to see if any Bios update is available?

RE: Drag and drop problem

This is, as someone described a long toothed thread but the answer for me was at the bottom, so good thing. I was trying all the recomendations only to find out for me it was a stuck 'esc' key. A little dust and dirt over the years and it didn't pop up like it was supposed to. Case solved and thanks!

RE: Drag and drop problem

if you have a "insert" key on the keyboard, press it once.  try drag and drop now.  worked for me.

RE: Drag and drop problem

Thanks to linney the reg patch worked!

RE: Drag and drop problem

try clicking second mouse button onvdestop a few times. try clicking both mouse buttons at the same time.

RE: Drag and drop problem

Wow, here's another variant on this problem.

Windows XP Pro SP2...everything runs fine as long as I have only two screens (laptop LCD and outboard monitor).  When I plug in a 3rd screen (using PCMCIA display adaptor from VillageTronic) everything continues to work fine for a couple of hours.

Then, the drag/drop problem happens--a couple of apps fight over window focus, can't control the desktop consistently, can't move icons on the desktop, etc.  Problem totally disappears if I log in as a different user, but is persistent if I log back in as the original user.  Only remedy is complete reboot.

Did every tip from this forum and others re: permissions and dll registration (definitely was a permissions-based issue...)

Problem?  Mouse DRIVER.  In this case, am using GlidePoint touchpad (2nd mouse in the system).  Reinstalling its driver -- even though there were no error messages or signals that the mouse was the issue.  Everything seems fine now.

RE: Drag and drop problem

Wow! This is getting long in the fang now. A few ???'s. Did you shut down System Restore before running MICROSOFT ANTISPYWARE BETA? System Restore may reinstall the problem at next boot. What browser & version are you running?  If you're running IE. Have you tried booting in Safe Mode & selecting 'Last Good Configuration'? A corrupted version of IE can create this problem. Try using  the Repair IE option when you choose to uninstall IE in the Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel. If that doesn't work, you might try downloading IE v.7.0 (if you're not using that version yet).
Hope this helps!

RE: Drag and drop problem


My problem is taken care of, thanks to just getting the driver un-corrupted.

But to answer your questions, all my symptoms were irrespective of applications running -- in fact, even with no applications running I sometimes had the problem.  I am using IE 7.0, FF 2.x, Thunderbird, and MSOffice 2003.

The good news is, it appears to have been a driver problem, pure and simple.

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