Mouse Pointer Gets Stuck in Drag & Drop Mode

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I'm running Windows XP Home on and old hand-me-down Dell Inspiron 1100 laptop with a touchpad.

Lately the touchpad has been behaving erratically. At least I suspect the problem is in the touchpad.

The touchpad has two buttons, just like on a two-button mouse, so I'll refer to them as mouse buttons, even though they aren't actually on a mouse but are embedded in front of the keyboard on the laptop case.

Here's the problem:

When I'm using the mouse pointer to resize a window, by holding down the left mouse button and dragging and dropping a window edge or corner to a new position, sometimes the mouse pointer gets "stuck" and won't "let go" of the window edge after I release the left mouse button.

Up to now I've just put up with this annoying behavior. But this morning while moving the mouse pointer around from folder to folder in Windows Explorer, the pointer got "stuck" while I was moving it from one folder to another, and Windows started a file copying operation, attempting to copy one entire folder into another. As soon as I saw what was happening I canceled the operation, but I fear that I may have scrambled up some files and folders before I realized what was going on.

So, I'd be grateful for some help trying to fix this problem. For example, is there a way to disable that annoying "feature" which allows the mouse pointer to remain in drag mode, even after the left button has been released?
 
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Plug in a regular usb mouse, and use it for those operations, if it works properly you have found both the root cause and a permanent solution.
 
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