I started learning blender 2 days ago, but I'm still stuck in simple problem. I can't change the view using shift + right/left mouse button. The only thing I managed to do is zooming in/out. This's a screenshot from my window http://i.imgur.com/yOPJZtR.png
Did you try to enable "emulate 3 button mouse" in preferences?
windows could map your middle wheel/button to other functions (eg: double click), and it can break blender functions.
I had similar issues, and I started using a small utility called X-mouse, which can change mouse setting "per application"
And it changed my life... :D
I believe it's Shift + MMB to click and pan the view.
MMB only to rotate the view around, Shift + MouseWheel Up / Down to pan the view up and down and Ctrl + MouseWheel Up / Down to pan left to right.