What to do if Windows key or WinKey not Working on Windows 10?

Windows Key or the WinKey is one of the most essential keys in Windows that will enable you to complete many tasks. To launch it, go to the Start Menu to Win+Tab, Win+R, Win+S and many others. But sometimes you have to face this issue that cannot use it as you want it to. This issue becomes even worse when you are in remote desktop solution, and it feels like Windows Key or the WinKey is disabled. In this article, you will get the various solutions to solve this Windows key or WinKey not working on Windows 10 issue.

Steps to follow if Windows key or WinKey not Working

Solution-1 Disable Game Mode on your Keyboard:-

In all of them, one of the most common scenarios is Game Mode of Windows 10. It will help you to be sure that the Windows Key is disabled. It will make sure that if you click on the Windows Key accidentally, the Start Menu doesn’t take over the focus, and your gaming experience is ruined. That means, it will able to only works with keyboards that support the game mode on a hardware level. Logitech G810 Gaming keyboard is offering this.

You should use the keyboard program from the Original equipment manufacturer (OEM) in order to disable Windows key or WinKey when not gaming.

Solution-2 Is WinKey disabled?

You should check if your WinKey has been disabled.

Solution-3 Use Powershell to enable Windows Key:-

  • To do this, you need to open the Powershell with the help of admin privileges.
  • Then copy and then paste the below-given command and click on the return option.

Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | For each {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation) AppXManifest.xml”}

  • After completing this step, you will be able to use the Windows Key as usual.
  • You have to make sure to generate a restore point before resolving this so in case something is wrong, you can get back to the last state.
  • After that, chances for something like this to happen is minor.

Solution- 4 Force Windows to Rescan the Keyboard:-

  • Windows is able to input from the hardware by keeping a digital map that is called ScanMap.
  • All of the keys are mapped into the memory of computer system memory. This same process is for Windows Key as well.
  • In case if the Windows is not able to get the issue then we can force it with the help of registry editing, so you have to make sure to take a backup or create a restore point, and then you can use this step.
  • Then type the REGEDIT on the start menu, and open it with admin privileges, move to this given path:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout

  • Expand the Keyboard Layout key and then move to Scancode Map registry entry and delete it.
  • After that, restart your computer system, and it will help you to scan.
  • Then generate a new key for it.
  • Search for WinKey Lock Button on your Keyboard
  • Some of the special keyboards have come with this Win Lock Button.
  • If your keyboard has not this key, then you can check for a hardware button which will help you to disable the Windows key or WinKey.
  • At last, disable it.

If above-given solutions not work then you should create a new account to see if it’s working on that account or run SFC scan.

Solution- 5 Keyboard Driver issue:- 

It is also possible that the latest updates of your driver for the keyboard may have caused of this issue. You might want to roll back the keyboard driver to see if it fixes it for you.

  • To do this, you need to right-click on the Windows Key, and then launch the Device Manager.
  • Then search your keyboard undergo to the keyboard section.

Right click > Properties > Driver

  • See if you can roll back driver. If this option is disabled, you can uninstall the driver, and then configure the Windows again.
  • You can also select the download option for the latest driver from the OEM website and update it as per your requirement.
  • It is an excellent option to fix any misconfiguration with the keyboard.

Solution-6 Troubleshoot in Clean Boot State:- 

Clean Boot is a base of Windows which runs the PC with minimally required drivers, and applications. After done the Clean Boot,  follow the below-given steps:-

  • Type the msconfig in the run prompt.
  • You will see the System Configurator.
  • Go to the under services tab and check the box that says Hide all Microsoft Services.
  • Now disable the remaining services one by one.
  • Restart your computer system to see if it resolves the issue.
  • This process will take some time so please keep calm and wait for this process.

We hope that one of these solutions will help resolve the Windows key or WinKey not working issue on your Windows 10.

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