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How to disable Windows keys?


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#1 tos226

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Posted 09 October 2005 - 08:15 PM

I bought a USB keyboard for my laptop. In the most strategic place, near delete, end, page down, this keyboard has a POWER key of all the things !! Also Sleep and wake. I suspect SLEEP is hibernate - bad scene, I don't want it.

So I hit it by mistake and, yes, you guessed it, WINDOWS SHUTS DOWN. Seven programs running, unsaved text, all the mess.

I looked in help and found nothing other than Windows system keys are the greatest thing since sliced bread. Perhaps, but not in the array used so often. If they had it on the side someplace...

In any case, I actually popped the keys off and covered the hole with tape.

IS THERE A WAY TO DISABLE THOSE KEYS USING SOFTWARE???

Edited by tos226, 09 October 2005 - 08:16 PM.


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Posted 09 October 2005 - 09:53 PM

As far as I know if there isn't any option in your keyboard software then you will have to use 3rd party software.
See if Key Tweak will help.
http://ask-leo.com/how_can_i_disable_my_wi...e_keyboard.html


<<Edit>>
This is the homepage to Key Tweak
http://webpages.charter.net/krumsick/

Edit button works now "Go Figure"

Edited by River_Rat, 09 October 2005 - 10:22 PM.


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Posted 09 October 2005 - 10:06 PM

River rat the link you provided dosn't work. if you know the right link could you please provide it. thank you.

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Posted 09 October 2005 - 10:19 PM

Thanks Frankie:
I can't edit my post.

See if this link will work:
http://ask-leo.com/how_can_i_disable_my_wi...e_keyboard.html

I still can't get the link I want to work.
Lets try this one.
http://webpages.charter.net/krumsick/


hmm
The edit button is working now.

Edited by River_Rat, 09 October 2005 - 10:21 PM.


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Posted 09 October 2005 - 10:28 PM

There is a knowledge base entry from 2003
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=181348
but it is not for XP which I have and I am not sure covers what I'd be after. It seems to address ALL windows shortcut keys. I've never seen POWER on a keyboard; this is a real puzzler. There's got to be a setting someplace.

River Rat - I just saw your edited post, before I posted my #2.
Well, I might try it, I hope it won't break everything.

River Rat, the first link is not valid.
The second one looks interesting. I guess I'll need to find out the keycodes for those 3 keys and I don't know how. I'll try things tomorrow.

Edited by tos226, 09 October 2005 - 10:23 PM.


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Posted 09 October 2005 - 10:30 PM

This will also change the way your laptop keyboard operates as it is a registry edit.

It would be a good idea to backup the registry before you install it just in case something should go wrong.

I have never used it and there may be a better one that someone can recommend.

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Posted 09 October 2005 - 10:33 PM

This will also change the way your laptop keyboard operates as it is a registry edit.


Thank you for thinking for me :thumbsup: Scary. I guess popping those keys off wasn't such a bad idea after all.

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Posted 09 October 2005 - 10:39 PM

I wrote this maybe it will help you.
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/14629/disable-caps-lockswindows-key-and-more/

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Posted 09 October 2005 - 10:40 PM

I believe there is a setting in Windows. I do not have my laptop on right now, so I am walking through it using a desktop running XP Home.

Click START -> Control Panel -> Power Options. On mine, I have Power Schemes that I can adjust, and also different settings for System Standby and Hibernation. Please click the advanced tab. Here you can change the way your Power buttons work. It is quite possible (again, I am not using a laptop), that you can make an adjustment that would affect your keyboard "Power" button. Personally, I would choice "ask me what I want to do", so you can always cancel it when you hit it by mistake :thumbsup:

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Posted 09 October 2005 - 10:48 PM

I wrote this maybe it will help you.
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/14629/disable-caps-lockswindows-key-and-more/


That's a nice little write there CGM.
Good job and I got it bookmarked for future reference.

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Posted 10 October 2005 - 10:27 PM

CowsGoneMad - great writeup, useful for all sorts of things. I bookmarked it too. Not sure help Power though. You wanna be fed spyware and junk? Perhaps some day from me. The router and the firewall are keeping the trash out :thumbsup:

Confused_user - I've had such bad luck with hibernation and standby on my laptop that I've given up their use altogether.

This is my second attempt to post. Something is strange today. I already posted a reply but it vanished.
Anyway, thanks all!

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Posted 10 October 2005 - 10:48 PM

You're Welcome tos226
Sorry we couldn't be of more help.

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Posted 11 October 2005 - 11:01 PM

Thank you River Rat, for the web site it helped fix my keyboard problem.

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Posted 12 October 2005 - 06:39 AM

Thank you River Rat, for the web site it helped fix my keyboard problem.


You're Welcome Frankie
Are you talking about the Ask Leo website or are you using Keyboard Tweak.
If you are using KB Tweak give me a little report on how it works and if it has caused any problems.




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