How to Fix the Windows Key Not Working on Windows 10

Computers are beneficial for our day to day life. It is the machine which we are using to make our life easier. And after the invention of the computer, the most important thing for it to work is a keyboard for input, linked to the start menu, which also known as Winkey, which has Microsoft Windows logo embedded on the keyboard in the OS, gives us the way to access most of the possibilities in it.

So, press it if the Start menu opens, and if it doesn’t open, then the Windows button or the Start Menu is not working.

For some users, the Windows key does not work for bringing up the Start menu, which means that all the shortcut related to the Windows key will not work. For example, Windows+L to logout, Windows+D for displaying the desktop, Windows+R to open run etc…

How to Fix the Windows Key Not Working on Windows 10
How to Fix the Windows Key Not Working on Windows 10

How do I fix my windows key, not working?

There are different methods to solve it.

Method 1: Disable the gaming mode of your computer from your keyboard. For some gaming keyboard systems, it can turn off Windows keys via the hardware switch or the Fn key combination to prevent this key to stop exiting the game. However, the gaming mode key is usually marked from the joystick.

In Windows 10, the issue of window keys not working uses this quick guide to check whether it causes any problems.

  1. Click on the Windows icon to open the Start menu on your Windows 10 OS on the left side bottom corner of your taskbar and choose
  2. In Settings, select Gaming from the menu options.
  3. Switch to the Game Mode tab from the menu in the left panel.
  4. Ensure the toggle under Game Mode is set to

Method 2: Turning off the Filter keys features which known for the keyboard issues. Follow these steps to turn off the Filter keys feature and restore your Winkey functionality.

  1. Click on the Windows icon to open the Start menu on your Windows 10 OS on the left side bottom corner of your taskbar and search for Run, then. In the Run utility, type the Control and Click the OK button. It will open the Control Panel.
  2. Then, make sure your view mode is set to
  3. After this, click on “Change how your keyboard works” in the Ease of Access Center.
  4. And check “Turn on Filter Keys” is empty; if not, click on it to uncheck the checkbox.
  5. Then click on the Apply button, then click OK.
  6. After this, check whether your Windows key is functioning or not.

Method 3: Use the PowerShell command to restore the Windows key function, as Powershell is a tool for making adjustments to your computer and for troubleshooting. It executes commands and tells your PC what to do through a scripting language. For this to perform, you need to have a Local user account with administrative permissions.

Follow these instructions to troubleshoot the windows key issue.

  1. Click on the Windows icon to open the Start menu on your Windows 10 OS on the left side bottom corner of your taskbar and search for Run, then. In Run utility, type Powershell and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys on your keyboard. By doing this, you’re providing administrative permissions to
  2. Then, click Yes to allow PowerShell to Run as Administrator.
  3. Then write this command on Powershell and hit Enter Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation) \AppXManifest.xml”}
  4. After this command executes, you can use the Windows key once again. If it doesn’t work, then try any other method.

Method 3: Making an adjustment in the Registry, which will reset everything in your system. Before doing that, make sure you make a backup of your Registry.

Follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Windows icon to open the Start menu on your Windows 10 OS on the left side bottom corner of your taskbar and search for Run, in Run utility, then type  Regedit. Press OK to go to Registry Editor Panel.
  2. Then in Registry Editor Panel, locate to this location HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout.
  3. Then Right-click on the Scancode Map registry key and press  Delete to remove the key.
  4. After deleting Scancode Map and then, close the Registry Editor and restart your computer.
  5. It should work; if it doesn’t work, then try any other method.

Method 5: Try System File Checker scan, which is available in Windows 10 by default. It’s also called the SFC scan, and it automatically fixes corrupted files and other issues. These are the steps you need to perform to run it.

  1. Click on the Windows icon to open the Start menu on your Windows 10 OS on the left side bottom corner of your taskbar and search for Run, in Run utility, then type cmd and press  Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys on your keyboard. To run Command Prompt as Administrator.
  2. Click Yes to allow Command Prompt to Run as Administrator.
  3. Then, in Command Prompt, type in sfc /scannow and press Enter to execute it:
  4. Wait for an SFC scan to finish scanning your computer and repairing corrupt files. While scanning, don’t close the Command Prompt or shut your computer down.
  5. Then Restart your computer and check if your Windows key is working. If it doesn’t work, then try any other method.

Method 6: Use DISM from Command Prompt, It is similar to the System File Checker scan, and DISM is a command in Command Prompt to repair an image of files in Windows.

  1. Click on the Windows icon to open the Start menu on your Windows 10 OS on the left side bottom corner of your taskbar and search for Run, in Run utility, then type cmd and press  Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys on your keyboard. To run Command Prompt as Administrator.
  2. Click Yes to allow Command Prompt to Run as Administrator.
  3. Then, in Command Prompt, type in these following commands  Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup, Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth and press Enter to execute it:
  4. Then Restart your computer and check if your Windows key is working. If it doesn’t work, then try any other method.

Method 7: Your computer may be infected by malware, potentially harmful threads, Quarantined Items, or Viruses preventing some executable files from being executed. So, scan your computer regularly with a quality malware scanner, always keep the latest version of the software, and regularly install updates to keep the antivirus update.

  1. You can use any antivirus; here, we are using Malwarebytes software as that was the tool most users use to get rid of the malware. Open your Chrome/ Firefox/ Browser and visit the link below to download the software.

https://www.malwarebytes.com/mwb-download/thankyou    Open the downloaded file from your browser’s downloads and go to “show in folder” in your browser. And install the software in your system.

  1. Open Malwarebytes and double-click the desktop icon or search it on the search bar on the Start menu. Then, click Settings from the navigation menu.
  2. After opening Malwarebytes Settings, navigate to Protection and scroll till you reach Scan Options and set it for Scan for rootkits and set it always on.
  3. Then, navigate to the Scan tab, select Threat Scan from options, and click the Start Scan. Wait to finish Scanning your computer; if anything malicious app is found, you must delete it. And after that, check if the Windows button is working.

So, these are the fixes for the Windows key. Now we will discuss the problem. Which is Why is my Windows 10 key not working?

Windows key makes our way of work in the computer much more straightforward by executing various commands as a shortcut. So, if we face that the windows key is not working in windows 10 then either your PC setting, which includes your software or could have tied to the keyboard itself. First of all, try another keyboard. If it works, then it is OK; if not, you can think it is because of the Windows Problem. Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to open Task Manager; if it doesn’t come then, you might have a malware problem.

It is also possible that your Winkey is disabled in the Windows OS registry editor itself, because of which Windows is not accepting any request by this key. A disabled start menu will also show the same problem. It can be done by some software, game, or malware.

Problem with drivers, like Bad drivers, incompatible drivers, or outdated drivers, might be causing your keyboard to freeze your Windows key. It can also be manifested in File Explorer/Windows Explorer, which drives your user interface, and it did not start correctly.

Or it might be that your keyboard is damaged mechanically or electrically hence needing replacement. So, check by merely changing the keyboard. It might get you back on track to working windows key in windows 10.

Or it can be because, In Windows 10, Windows is disabled.

In some cases, the Windows key doesn’t work because it’s been disabled in the system. It can be done by an application, a person, malware, or Game Mode.

Now, How do I unlock my Windows key? 

So, This can be done in various ways; we will discuss them here.

Fix 1: Press Fn + F6 + Fn + Windows key in your keyboard to activate or deactivate the Windows key; also, try Fn + Windows, which can work sometimes.

Fix 2: Change Registry Settings

You can try this method by changing the registry settings; the instructions are in Method 3 in the above article.

Fix 3: Clean the Keyboard or Replace it.

Sometimes there might be bugs or something stuck inside the computer, so it’s better to clean the board. Unplug your keyboard, clean it and plug it back in to check whether its working or not. If not, then you should replace the keyboard.

If this works, then it’s OK; otherwise, you should check

How to fix an unresponsive Keyboard?

Most important: Before doing anything, back your system’s hard drive.

For fixing an Unresponsive Keyboard, follow these steps.

  1. First, Turn off your computer and then restart it.
  2. Repeatedly press the Esc key to see if a startup menu opens.
  3. If a setup menu (BIOS) does not open, then there is a problem with the keyboard. Or if the setup menu (BIOS) opens up, then navigate the menus using the arrow keys. If they are working in the Startup menu, but not when windows loads, then there might be a problem related to keyboard drivers. To solve this,
  • Right-click on Start and select Device Manager from the menu.
  • Now check for Keyboards under it; you will find your laptop’s keyboard. Right-click on it and select Uninstall.
  • Then, Restart your computer and check if drivers are installing automatically or not. If not, open Devices Manager from the Start menu, then after that, right-click on Keyboards and then select  Scan for hardware changes.
  • After the driver is installed, check if it is working.

Suppose your shortcut keys like Windows + R and Windows + P not working, then try replacing the file present in your Windows/System32 directory. Or else you can try the methods that we have discussed to fix the windows key to help you continue to use shortcuts like Windows +R to run or Windows +P to see the projects. I hope this will help you to resolve your problem with the Windows key.

 

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