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I lose window focus everytime I Press the P key.

It doesn't haPPen if I use shift while Pressing it, but it does if I use caPs lock. It only occurs when a windows exPlorer window is oPen, it refocuses on it. This is seriously annoying and I don't know how it haPPened. It started a couPle of days ago. HelP?

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That's not a good sign.
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Not IE, Windows ExPlorer.

No, no. Not Internet ExPlorer, Windows ExPlorer. Folder view, you know? I already use Firefox, AVG, SPybot and ZoneAlarm. Running some scans now, anyway.

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Still not a good sign.
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No.

I wasn't even aware of that feature. This is very strange. No hotkeys seem to be enabled in TweakUI, or any other control panel, and I never set any for individual shortcuts. Besides, don't you have to press CTRL + Alt + the hotkey with those settings?

Nothing came up in anti-virus or spyware scans with the latest definitions. The only unknown process thread running is SQLWriter, I'm guessing that's from installing Visual Basic Studio 2008. Come to think of it, this only started after I installed it. It seems unlikely that it's to blame considering it was a legitimate copy.

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The problem is

That the hotkey can be in the propertied of a shortcut or that of the properties of the explorer.exe.

As to "don't you have to" my answer is this. Given all the registry possibilities my bet is no.

My next thought is to look in the registry but given the 1000s of entries for explorer.exe that would be like taking a sip from the fire hose. Not going to end well.

All I have for an idea is that hotkey issue. It reads like that's it.

Bob

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Since it only started "a couple days ago" ...

have you considered seeing if a system restore point just prior to the problem might solve it?

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