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after login to my windows 2003 server terminal and start typing some thing in the notepad for some letter like E and so on..i am getting some fuctionalities

if i type letter E explorer will pop up

how to get rid of this?

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Sounds like the state of the "Windows Key" is getting "stuck" in Remote Desktop sessions.

The discussion in this posting has some ideas http://michaelshadle.com/2007/09/19/windows-key-stuck-in-remote-desktop/

Zow... it looks like this is a long-standing bug.

Looks like you can disable the "Windows Key" in the registry on the terminal server as a workaround.

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Just now, I experienced this problem and it was driving me nuts. The simplest that you can do is - press the Windows key from your physical keyboard several times to get rid of this crazy bug. I am glad it worked for me.

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Some workarounds for this bug in Remote Desktop:

  1. Close Remote Desktop Connection
  2. Open a new Remote Desktop Connection, setting "Apply Windows Key Combinations" to "On the remote computer"
  3. Press the Ctrl Alt End and lock the computer
  4. Login again and it should work.

or simpler:

Open the virtual keyboard, press the Windows key several times to release it.

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+1 This is what I've done in the past and has worked for me. –  Hondalex Jun 4 '09 at 13:46
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WIndows Key + E is the shortcut to open Explorer...sounds like its stuck. When you press 'R' does the Run box appear?

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It sounds like your Windows key is stuck. First attempted resolution method is percussive maintenance: whack it a few times.

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"Percussive maintenance"... heh heh... I like that. I'll have to remember to use that. –  Evan Anderson Jun 4 '09 at 13:17
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