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The so-called "power menu" as some call it - the one you get if you right-click in the far bottom left corner of the desktop - isn't working on one of my computers. The menu comes up, but no options on it actually do anything except "Run". When I click on anything, be it Control Panel, Task Manager.... whatever; nothing happens. Not sure how to approach this.

What could very likely have at least something to do with it is that Windows 8 was installed on this desktop through an in-place upgrade from Windows 7 Pro. Normally I shy away from doing upgrades as opposed to formatting, but I couldn't get around it this time due to all the stuff I had on the drive with nowhere to back it up.

Everything else seems to work perfectly fine (so far as I can see at the moment) except this. Any ideas as to why it's not behaving?

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The Power Menu works fine with an in-place OS upgrade, so it's something specific to your install. Try sfc /scannow from an elevated command prompt and see if it fixes anything. If it doesn't, disable any programs (using msconfig or Autoruns) that load at startup and may be interfering. Finally, go to C:\Users\<UserName>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\WinX and check if the Power Menu shortcuts work properly when executed directly. – Karan Dec 18 '12 at 0:04
SFC is scanning now - but I checked those shortcuts, and they do work properly on their own. I also noticed that sometimes clicking on one of the options that does nothing actually restores a minimized window, but there seems to be no discernible pattern for me to figure out why. – agent154 Dec 18 '12 at 0:12
Nope - no problems found with SFC – agent154 Dec 18 '12 at 0:22
Are you on a domain? Could group policy be preventing these items? – Joel Coehoorn Dec 18 '12 at 2:49
Nah - this is a home computer. Not on a domain. – agent154 Dec 18 '12 at 4:34

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