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On vista copy & paste has recently stopped working in "explorer" or whatever the hell they call their file manager, it is limited to only files / directories, copying text/graphics/random junk between apps works just fine. I do use MS Virtual PC, but the issue persists between clean boots.

I am using total commander as a stop-gap atm, but its not ideal.

nothing odd was installed recently, I have run a full scan on AVG & windows defender, uninstalled a load of junk that had been kicking around for a while, killing the explorer.exe processes & restarting them makes no difference also.

When "cutting" a file, the icon goes semi transparent, then when pasting the cursor changes to the busy circle thing for a couple of frames, then reverts to the normal pointer...

Any clue where to start looking for the problem? I would really rather not re-install, but it is looking inevitable atm, so go ahead & save my weekend!

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try to disable clipboard integration services of virtual pc... (If you connect to your guest via RDP, make sure that not both VPC and RDP have clipboard integration enabled. For a test, disable both first.) – mihi Aug 22 '09 at 21:44
Do Ctrl+C and Ctrl+v work in total commander? Because these commands are done via Explorer, not internally by total commander. – alex Sep 8 '09 at 9:30

Try using this tool (found in this thread). It will display if any application has a "lock" on the clipboard.

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have you tried using the keyboard shortcuts of crtl-v, ctrl-c, and ctrl-x?

does right click hold and drag move?

instead of using total commander, try free will like it more, and ditch explorer and total comander.

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Try re-registering shell32.dll to rule out a glitch with the shell itself.

  1. Click Start
  2. Click Run
  3. Type regsvr32 /i shell32.dll and click OK
  4. Restart

See if you have any joy following that.

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