Windows Short-cut key to explorer has stopped working.-2

For some reason the windows key-E short-cut key combination which starts explorer has stopped working. All the other short-cut keys seem to fuction correctly. The keyboard 'e' key is working fine. Has anybody witnessed this problem before with 2000?

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Have you installed Service Pack 1? All that I know is that after you have installed Service Pack 1 for Windows 2000, Microsoft acknowledges that keyboard shortcuts may stop working. I have never heard of only the one not functioning, but we are talking about Windows here 🙂
For Windows 2000, the only fix for lost keyboard shortcuts was to bring the system up to Service Pack 3 if you have installed Service Pack 1.

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  • BlueKnight
    Never experienced it myself, but then I'm pretty current on service (SP4). Apparently there are others who have been bitten by this problem... goes back to at least November 2003. See Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 283830. Their solution is install current service (or at least SP2). Didn't notice if there's a hot fix for the problem.
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  • DavidH39
    Courtesy of Regarding XP Windows Services: Human Interface Device Access Enables generic input access to Human Interface Devices (HID), which activates and maintains the use of predefined hot buttons on keyboards, remote controls, and other multimedia devices. This setting really depends upon the user. If your keyboard or whatnot uses its own drivers for hotkeys then you can Disable this service. If it uses default Windows drivers and you use these keys (such as the video play keys for Windows Media Player) then set this to Automatic. If you don't use those keys that often and really want the little extra bit of memory, you can set this to Manual and start the service from the configuration menu whenever you need it (which is what I do). Default: Automatic Can you check if yours is set to Automatic?
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  • Dwiebesick
    I have seen this problem on several computer in the last month. The problem was related with hijacked internet explorer. If you have the experience you may try a scumware removal tool like Ad-aware or Spybot Search and Destroy. You may also try IE Fix tools such as thoes from If you are having network issues you may have a broked winsock2 and you can try this If you can also try Start/Run SFC /scannow command. This will scan for critical system files that maybe changed/corrupt.
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