Would XP or Vista overwrite the current OS and cure a frozen mouse problem?

  enviro 11:29 AM 07 Jul 11
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Purchased a refurbed IBM with Windows XP and was working fine. We now have a password request on start up, press enter and will continue to load but the mouse is frozen. We do not know if our son has interfered trying to "fix" something. So, the question is, if we purchase a new XP or Vista would this overwrite the old operating system and cure the frozen mouse?

  mgmcc 11:47 AM 07 Jul 11

You may be able to "update" the Mouse Drivers from Device Manager using only the keyboard.

Press "Windows key + R" to open the Run box. Type devmgmt.msc and press Enter. Once in Device Manager, press Tab to move into the folder tree. Navigate down to Mice and Pointing Devices, expand the section and move the highlight on to the actual Mouse entry. Press Enter to open its Properties sheet. Press the "Tab" key until the tabs at the top of the sheet are in focus, then right arrow to move to the Driver tab. Now use the "Tab" key to move the focus down to the Update Driver button. Press Enter and you should be able to set it to update the drivers automatically.

...worth a try.

  onthelimit1 12:23 PM 07 Jul 11

Is it a USB mouse? If so, you could start with it unplugged, then plug it into a different USB socket. Windows should see it as new software and install the driver.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:13 PM 07 Jul 11

Accounts options --- To stop your system from displaying the Welcome Screen, go to "Start->Run" and type in "control userpasswords2" (but without the quotations). Untick the "Users must enter a username and password to use this computer" option and click OK

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