I've just gotten a new computer with Windows 7 (same as the last computer - I'm generally familiar with it). Since I've gotten it, I have only rarely been able to type into the search box on the start menu.
The box is not greyed out; I can click into it and obtain a flashing cursor. However, as I say, the problem is intermittent - for example since I started typing this question, the box has started functioning normally.
The computer is a toshiba laptop, with most of the manufacturer's utility software still installed, until I figure out what is essential, and what is a menace.
Has anyone come across this behaviour, or know what might be causing it?