I got this same problem... I suspected a key was stuck down or something.... so I was trying all the keys trying to get it unstuck and I managed to try the combination "windowsKey x" which launches the mobility center accidentally sometimes, and with
this the enter key stopped activating the wrong panel, so the quick fix for me was to press
Do you have a programmable keyboard? She could have accidentally reset the enter key to redirect to that location. If so, just reset the keyboard to factory settings (however it's done according to the manual - it varies by make and model) and you should
If that doesn't work or isn't the case, check out this article on remapping keys:
http://vlaurie.com/computers2/Articles/remap-keyboard.htm. I'm not sure if the program can be used with only a mouse (or without the enter key) but it's possible. I'm sure the problem can be fixed in the registry if you can get there (though I have to
be honest and say I don't know how to do that or rather which entry refers to the enter key). To do both of these steps, try booting into safe mode with networking (hitting F8 continuously while booting until the menu appears and see if the enter button works
there. That would be most excellent.
If that's not the problem or doesn't fix the problem (possibly because the enter key still doesn't function right in safe mode) then try a System Restore to a point in time BEFORE the problem began (I suspect this is probably where you'll have to actually begin
because I'm unsure of the keyboard mapping program or the programmable keyboard). Here's the procedure:
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/using-windows-vista-system-restore/. Be sure to check the box to show more than 5 days of restore points. If the first attempt fails, then try an earlier point or two. NOTE: You will have to re-install
any software and updates you installed between now and the restore point, but you can use Windows Update for the updates. You may need to use the CD to do this if the enter button doesn't work from F8. Procedures for booting up the CD are described below.
I hope the enter button functions properly in this mode because it will be VERY hard to do any troubleshooting without it. Of all the keys she could have reset, that was definitely the worst.
If the System Restore doesn't work, do a Startup Repair by booting to the genuine Windows Vista Installation Disk (or one you can borrow from ANYONE) or from a Recovery Disk. Here's the procedure:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/tutorial148.html. To boot to the CD you may need to change the BIOS to make the CD-drive first in the boot sequence. To do that, wait for the screen that tells you the F key to push to access the
boot menu or boot setup. Push it quickly. Make the changes, save your work, and exit. Put the CD in the drive and reboot. When prompted, push any key to boot from the CD.
If that doesn't work, try to boot into safe mode (repeatedly click the F8 key while booting and go to safe mode with networking). Then let's check some of your system files:
Go to Start / All Programs / Accessories / Command prompt and right click on command prompt and click run as Administrator.
Type sfc /scannow and enter and let it run. It will scan and try to fix some of your system files. Hopefully it will complete with no corruption it could not repair (if there is such corrouption post back here or try to analyze it to find the problem file(s)
If that doesn't work, we'll need to do a system repair/upgrade using the genuine Windows Vista Installation Disk (one you own or one you can borrow from ANYONE). Here's the procedure:
http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/88236-repair-install-vista.html along with the upgrade from an earlier version of Windows section of the following:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/918884. Although this will not affect your data, settings, or programs, you should still backup your data before starting just to be on the safe
side. I dislike going this far for what a 1-year old did inside of 1-minute, but to be honest I wouldn't know how to do what she did if I had hours to research the issue - it'll be interesting to see how this works out for future reference (though I'm certain
you feel quite different at the moment).
Hopefully one of these procedures will resolve your problem (probably the System Restore or the System Repair/Upgrade). If not, post back and we'll try something else. Post back in any case so we'll know how it turned out. You have me extremely curious at