Build a PC How did my Windows key become disabled?

Messymess66

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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?!?!
 

Tmagic650

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

Messymess66

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

misor

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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.
 

hood6558

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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.
 

Tmagic650

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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*
 

Messymess66

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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?
 
  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.
 

Messymess66

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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.
 

Messymess66

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HA YES!!! TY I wasn't aware that it was in gaming mode. Learning something everyday. A big Thanks!
 
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I have a Logitech G110 gaming keyboard, and when I was cleaning it I inadvertently enabled gaming mode when the switch featuring the Joystick icon above the F2 & F3 function keys was slid from the left (off) position to the right (on) position.

Note to self: clean keyboard when the computer is completely turned off, not just when the screen is locked.
 
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I have a Logitech G110 gaming keyboard, and when I was cleaning it I inadvertently enabled gaming mode when the switch featuring the Joystick icon above the F2 & F3 function keys was slid from the left (off) position to the right (on) position.

Note to self: clean keyboard when the computer is completely turned off, not just when the screen is locked.
^ thanks for this...exact problem!