Solve the problem with the Windows key not working in Windows 10 [Resolved]

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Catherine Le Nevez
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The Windows button allows you to quickly open any program from the start menu. In addition, there are many hotkeys associated with the Windows button, so it is critical for any computer that the Windows key always works correctly. For some unknown reasons, if the Windows key stops working, you will find it very difficult to do simple things like open the start menu, shut down, configure, start programs, etc. The problem could be with the Windows key or the start menu. You can easily check if it is a start menu problem by clicking on it with the mouse. If the start menu works, the problem is with the Windows button.



Method 1: test the keyboard on another computer (if it is an external keyboard)

If you are using an external keyboard for your PC, you may want to check if the button really works or not. You can connect that keyboard to any other computer and check if the Windows key is working or not. If the Windows key didn't work, it's keyboard failure and you need to repair or replace it.

Method 2: edit the registry

The Windows registry maintains function logs for all keys. If the Windows key data is deleted or changed, the Windows key will also stop working. You can easily correct this error by correcting the key data in the registry. Follow this process to do the same.

Note: Unnecessary registry editing can cause serious problems, so only edit the files shown below and don't edit any other files.

STEP 1 - Press CTRL, Maiusc Y esc, Task Manager Window will open. In Task Manager, select perform a new activity in the file menu.



STEP 2 - Type regedit and press Enter.

STEP 3: On the left panel you will see five folders.

To go HKEY_LOCAL_ MACHINE> System> CurrentControlSet> Control.

See the image below for reference.

STEP 4 - In the watch folder, select Keyboard layout binder. In the right pane, you will now see the Scancode Map file, right click on it and select To delete (If you can't find the Scancode map file, this method won't work for you, continue with the next method.)

STEP 5 - Restart your computer. Check if the Windows key is working or not.

Method 3: update the keyboard drivers

This problem can also be caused by outdated or faulty keyboard drivers. Updating the keyboard driver can fix this problem. Follow these steps to update your keyboard drivers.

STEP 1 - Press CONTROL, Alt Y To delete together and select the Task Manager option. In Task Manager, select perform a new activity in the file menu.

STEP 2 - Type devmgmt.msc in the text box and press Enter. Device Manager will open.

STEP 3: Find the keyboard in the device list. Right-click on it and select Update Driver.

STEP 4 - Choose automatically searches for the updated driver, it will search for your driver on the internet and show it to you.


STEP 5: Download and install the driver update.

Method 1: log out and log in again

This is the simplest way to stop the boot menu from working. If the boot menu disappears frequently, you can log out as a user and log in again. It will reset the boot menu for you.


STEP 1 - Press Ctrl + Alt + Canc together and choose to leave options.

STEP 2: Click on your username and enter yours Costa degli Etruschi is the password and log in again.

Check now if the start menu has appeared or not.


Method 2: create a new user account

If this problem is user specific on your computer, you can easily create a new user and then transfer all your settings there so that you don't have to face the boot menu issue.

STEP 1 - Press windows Y X at the same time and choose the Windows Powershell (admin) option. A Powershell window will open.

STEP 2: In the PowerShell window, type the following code and press Enter. Choose your preferred username and password.

net user newusername newpassword /add

STEP 3: Reboot your PC and log in with your new user credentials.

Your Home button will start working now. Change this local account to a Microsoft account for your settings to take effect here.

Method 3: Reinstall the video and sound card drivers

It may seem effective, but many users have tried this method and restored the start menu to their computer. Existing drivers need to be reinstalled or updated in Device Manager.


STEP 1 - Press CTRL, Alt Y To delete together and select the Task Manager option. In Task Manager, select perform a new activity in the file menu.

STEP 2 - Type devmgmt.msc in the text box and press Pay. Device Manager will open.

STEP 3 - Expand Sound, video and game controllers, locate your audio device and select Uninstall device in the context menu.

STEP 3 - Click Uninstall to confirm.

STEP 4: Expand the video adapters, locate the video card driver and Uninstall Device in the context menu.

STEP 5 - Click Uninstall to confirm.

Restart your computer, Windows will automatically install the drivers again and should fix your problem. If the problem persists, the drivers need to be updated.

Go to your PC manufacturer's website and download the A / V card drivers for your computer. Install it one by one and restart your computer again, the Start button will now work

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