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Why does the Windows key seem to be reversed with the Escape key? This seems to randomly happen, and rebooting reverts their functionality. What is happening that makes this happen, how can I prevent it from happening again, and how do I fix it when it does happen without rebooting?

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It stopped on it's own. The only thing of significance I did was toggle between my host OS(Windows 7) and my guest OS(also Windows 7). The problem was only happening to the host OS. I'd still love to know why it happens. I use VMWare Player. –  antony.trupe Aug 13 '10 at 20:01
    
Ctrl+Esc is the same as pressing the windows key, and I've noticed from time to time that the control key seems to get 'locked on'. I usually press control, then shift, then alt in sequence and it goes away. I can't offer any explanation, but I've seen it happen many times. –  Coding Gorilla Aug 13 '10 at 20:02
    
comments from AJ and Patkos Csaba were both accurate -- as it happened only once it was likely a stuck/sticky Ctrl key –  Hardryv Aug 13 '10 at 20:06
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I think "ctrl + esc" opens the menu. So, you probably have a problem with the "ctrl" button, or you have some sort of "sticky buttons" option enabled in the accessibility preferences.

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I think your Ctrl key was pressed for some reason. Ctrl+Esc brings up start menu on Windows.

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