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How did my Windows key become disabled?

By Messymess66
May 17, 2013
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  1. I have recently somehow disabled my windows key. I have tried going to Microsoft and doing the "Fix it" thing for the registry and it does not work. I have tried this numerous times. Could it possibly be the keyboard I'm using? It use to work however with the same keyboard. I use Avast Anti-Virus, Malwarebytes and iObit system care as my general cleaners. Not sure if any of those have a default setting to disable the button. Thoughts / Suggestions please?!?!
     
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,919   +167

    Do you mean Windows is asking you to activate again? What version of Windows are you running?
     
  3. Messymess66

    Messymess66 TS Member Topic Starter

    The windows button on the keyboard is not working. When I push it pops up in bottom right corner saying "Key Disabled"
     
  4. misor

    misor TS Maniac Posts: 1,020   +153

    Did you use any keyboard configurator?
    I use wirekeys which has the potential to block "windows" key if enabled.

    also, usually, there are two "windows" key buttons on the keyboard.
    try the left button.
     
  5. hood6558

    hood6558 TS Booster Posts: 292   +44

    Well, obviously the key is working since the message shows up, so it has to be a software problem. Boot into safe mode and see if the problem persists. Or run msconfig, selective startup, until you figure out what's changing the setting.
     
  6. misor

    misor TS Maniac Posts: 1,020   +153

  7. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,919   +167

    I've never come across this. I thought it was an activation key sequence probem. I don't use the Windows keyboard key much*nerd*
     
  8. Messymess66

    Messymess66 TS Member Topic Starter

    Misor I have tried the "Microsoft fix it" and it didnt work. I'm to the point where I think it may be some type of security I have enabled somehow.

    I have the Microsoft X4 sidewinder keyboard, if that helps any?
     
  9. dog510

    dog510 TS Member

    1. Click Start, click Run, type regedt32, and then click OK.
    2. On the Windows menu, click HKEY_LOCAL_ MACHINE on Local Machine.
    3. Double-click the System\CurrentControlSet\Control folder, and then click the Keyboard Layout folder.
    4. Right-click the Scancode Map registry entry, and then click Delete. Click Yes.
    5. Close Registry Editor and restart the computer.
     
  10. Messymess66

    Messymess66 TS Member Topic Starter

    I have keyboard layout and keyboard layouts. Under keyboard layout I have 2 folders one named "DosKeybCodes" and the other "DosKeybIDs" and under the Keyboard Layouts folder there is a lot of folders with numbers as their name. That is the farthest I have gotten.
     
  11. dog510

    dog510 TS Member

    Windows 7 or 8?
     
     
  12. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 5,302   +238

    I've heard/read where iObit system care is nothing but garbage. Perhaps that is your problem.
     
  13. Messymess66

    Messymess66 TS Member Topic Starter

    Windows 7 and yes I do run iObit perhaps it is my problem?
     
  14. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 5,302   +238

    Might dump it & hopefully things will get better.
     
  15. Messymess66

    Messymess66 TS Member Topic Starter

    I uninstalled iObit and still key is disabled...
     
  16. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 5,302   +238

    Hopefully somebody else here can help you further. I wish you the best.(y)
     
  17. Messymess66

    Messymess66 TS Member Topic Starter

    Im still trying to get this fixed any ideas?
     
  18. dog510

    dog510 TS Member

    Did you try putting your keyboard in standard mode and not gameing mode?
     
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  19. Messymess66

    Messymess66 TS Member Topic Starter

    HA YES!!! TY I wasn't aware that it was in gaming mode. Learning something everyday. A big Thanks!
     
  20. dog510

    dog510 TS Member

    Awesome glad I could help. it looks like a very nice keyboard. have a good one.
     
    kenchmeister96 likes this.
  21. pullmypo

    pullmypo TS Rookie

    Hi fellas! I have the same problem and the solution is problably the same... But, how do you switch from gaming to standard mode?
     
    kenchmeister96 likes this.
  22. kenchmeister96

    kenchmeister96 TS Rookie

    Hi guys, same problem and probably same solution im just wondering how to switch back to standard mode?
     


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