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    Windows Key (Windows XP)

    Not sure if this is the right forum, however I was wondering if it is possible to disable the Windows key on the key board.

    Any help would be appreciated

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    Re: Windows Key (Windows XP)

    You can do it Sonia--it's one of my favorites but you can!

    Disable the Windows Key (Windows NT/2000/XP)
    This tweak disables the Windows key that is found between the Ctrl and Alt keys on a Windows enhanced keyboard.

    Open your registry and find or create the key below.
    Create a new Binary value, or modify the existing value, called "Scancode Map" and set it according to the value data below.

    Exit your registry, you may need to restart or log out of Windows for the change to take effect.


    (Default) REG_SZ (value not set)
    Scancode Map REG_BINARY 00 00 00 00 00 00 00...
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlKe yboard...


    Registry Settings
    System Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlKe yboard Layout]
    Value Name: Scancode Map
    Data Type: REG_BINARY (Binary Value)
    Value Data: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 03 00 00 00 00 00 5B E0 00 00 5C E0 00 00 00 00

    You can also disable all the Windows hotkey combos if you want with another regedit.

    Also from Windows-Help.net--just to show you a good XP site:

    Disable the Windows Key

    Enjoy,

    SMBP

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    Re: Windows Key (Windows XP)

    Buy a keyboard with it. There are a few out there, but are hard to find.

    SMBP,
    What about the one on the right side of the space bar?

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Windows Key (Windows XP)

    Now that you know how, I hope you won't get upset at this question. Why do you want to disable it? The WinKey has loads of wonderful uses especially if you use an "enhancer" program like WinKey. Just curious.....

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    Re: Windows Key (Windows XP)

    This is a good question. I'd fight to defend my windows key. It's involved in too many key combo's that save a lot of time in Windows or Office and in loads of 3rd party applications, not to mention games.

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    Re: Windows Key (Windows XP)

    I'm waiting for it to be called an OS key, so that the Linux side of the universe starts using it <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>.
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    Re: Windows Key (Windows XP)

    It is easy to press accidentally when you want to press Ctrl or Alt. Perhaps there is a cleverer way around that.

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    Re: Windows Key (Windows XP)

    Of course. Why does it have to be where it is on the conventional keyboard at least whose name starts with Q for the man who invented it? And wouldn't certain keyboards adapt better to different platforms like a Mac Keyboard oriented toward Mac and a Linux keyboard oriented toward the many types of Linux if you weren't trying to boot to Linux or Windows frequently on the same hard drive?

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    Re: Windows Key (Windows XP)

    Where would you put "BOTH" Windows Keys?

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Windows Key (Windows XP)

    I'm not sure what you mean "both," because for this problem the Windows key is most probably in the way on a ctrl+alt+delete which in most instances that combo is invoked, could be done an alternative way. I haven't heard why Sonia wants it disabled. Can't the keyboard be reconfigured so that another key spells the Windows key Dave? I've seen a lot of KB's/papers/sites/tips to suggest reconfiguring, but haven't read them because I never wanted to do it. I didn't know if by both you meant one key for one kind of OS and one for another.

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    Re: Windows Key (Windows XP)

    My keyboards have two "Windows Keys". One on the left side of the space bar between the "Ctrl and Alt" key, and another on the right side of the space bar, between the "Alt and Content menu key". That is what I mean by BOTH Windows keys. Now the laptops have ONLY the one on the left side.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Windows Key (Windows XP)

    Mine is a Microsoft Office keyboard and where you have that right hand Windows key, I have a right click context menu key. The one on the left is giving Sonia a problem. But I was thinking of two solutions for her or anyone not to have to disconnect that left key which as Jefferson mentioned is most probably annoying her. One--and you can tell me if Windows keys are untouchable in this regard, would be to program so that it is inoperable and to get a hotkey or other configuration to her liking. Someone who wants it disabled doesn't care about all the Windows combos--many people want it. I can search around for some of the articles, but you've proably seen more of them than I can find in a week.

    The other would be to make a keyboard that would give the design she wanted. I thought that you could program the keys to different locations or off or on, just as you can confir a hotkey on one of the keys and if you could program the windows key to be disabled that possibly a key she doesn't ever use could be programmed to become the Windows key. Maybe that's not possible. But this Office keyboard only has one Windows key between Ctrl and Alt--that's never in the way for me and I use all the time in combo.

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    Re: Windows Key (Windows XP)

    Jeez, guys, unless Sonia uses the email notification feature of The Lounge, she'll never spot my simple question among all this philosophy...... Unless we have some influence (?) with keyboard manufacturers, we're blowing smoke anyway.

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    Re: Windows Key (Windows XP)

    Hi All

    Thanks very much for all the information, I didn't realise my question would create so much interest?

    Thanks SMBP for the information to disable it. I'll give it a go tomorrow at work.

    I sense a number of you are wondering why the hell would I want to disable the key anyway. Well firstly I totally agree, I would never want to disable it on my own PC, I use it all the time. I asked the question as we have a pc at work which our students use to access a database with their assessments on it. One of our students has discovered they can access other programs (including other students results and especially the answers) just by pressing the Windows Key to bring up the Start Menu. So we though if we could disable this key that would solve the problem.

    Some of you probably have other ideas for disabling the pc except for the database, but as this appears to be the only problem at the moment, We just wanted to keep it simple.

    So thanks again to you all

    Cheers

    Sonia

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    Re: Windows Key (Windows XP)

    Shhhh! Don't tell your students! Pressing Ctrl - Esc keys brings up Start menu also...

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