That's weird. Have you tried system restore? All programs/accessories/system tools/system restore. If that doesn't work go to start/run and type in sfc /scannow let the system file checker run. it will check the system files and repair any damaged or corrupted files. After you run the system file checker, you will have to reinstall all your MS updates.
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I am a moron! I just discovered that the 'shift' key was stuck down. (Clicking the mouse whith 'Shift' gives you multi select on desktop Icons). The recent problem with my Modem made me think something serious was wrong with my PC instead of a simple thing like a stuck key.
Maybe this might help someone in the future. Thanks for your suggestions.
Is this on the computer you typed your original post, cause if it is, it doesnt add up. All your type would have been in capital letters LIKE THIS when I hold down the shift key or they would have all been in lower case if the cap lock was on. But your post shows caps and lower case and even a "?" which looks like it was supposed to be a ?" and not a "/".
just thought I would point that out.
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" I just discovered that the 'shift' key was stuck down. "
Well I hope you got it sorted out now and your explanation dose sort of ring a bell.
I had a simalr problem a while ago. In my case it turned out to be a failing PS2 keyboard port. As it was failing it casused all sorts of strange erors, including the 'select all icons and copy em'' problem you described.
Dodgy/lose and failing keyboards can do all kinds of strange stuff.