Fix Windows Key Is Not Working With Windows 10 | Impeccable Guide

Windows key on your keyboard is a fantastic way to access the start menu quickly. And when used with some other keys, it takes you straight to your desired option, bypassing the long route.

It could be very annoying if the Windows key on your keyboard isn’t working especially with Windows 10. The first thing you must do is check if your start menu is functioning. For that, use your mouse to launch the menu. If you are not able to access the start menu with the mouse, you need the fix for the start menu. However, if you can launch it with the click of your mouse, indeed there is a problem with the Windows key.

What To Do If Windows Key Doesn’t Work With Windows 10?

Well, there are a handful of solutions to this problem, and we are going to take you through them one by one.

Check The Keyboard With Other System

First, if you are using the external keyboard, try it on another system.

If it works on another system, it’s hard to say what could be the reason why that specific key isn’t working with your previous system. However, change the keyboard and see if it works with your previous system.

However, if the Windows key doesn’t work on the other system as well, chances are it might have broken. Replace the key and see if it resolves your problem.

Unlock The Key

You might not know this, but some keyboards come with a lock key for the Windows key. If the lock is turned on, the Windows key won’t function at all. Hold down the lock for unlocking the Windows key. You can even use it to lock the Windows key when you want to.

Enable The Key

That’s yet another shocker. Yes, your Windows key might be disabled. You will have to use the Registry Editor for enabling the Windows key. Don’t forget to take the backup of the registry before beginning the process. This comes in handy if something goes wrong and you have no idea about what to do.

To enable the key, go to the search bar and search for regedit and click on it. You will be taken to the Registry Editor dialog box. Go to the HKEY_LOCAL_ MACHINE folder and then to the system file. Find the CurrentControlSet named folder and navigate to the control file.

In there, go to the Keyboard Layout folder and right-click on the Scancode Map in the right-pane and delete it. Confirm your action and restart your system. This should take care of the problem. However, if you don’t find that option, move on to the next solution.

Update The Keyboard Drivers

Outdated drivers can cause many issues in the functioning of many peripherals of a system. So, check and update the drivers for your keyboard if your Windows key doesn’t work.

You can update the drivers manually or automatically. To update the driver automatically, there are utility tools you can use them as well. All you need to do, install them and run them. These tools scan your entire system, detect the problems with the drivers and give you the option of updating them all. You will be able to update all the drivers with just one click.

Or, you can manually update the drivers. For that, go to the device manager in the control panel. There find the keyboard and double-click on it to expand it. Select your keyboard by double-clicking on it. Go to the driver tab and click on update driver. When prompted, select search automatically and update option. Wait for the process to complete and follow the prompts if any. After the driver is updated, restart your system, and you must find your Windows key working now.

Use PowerShell

If nothing works, you can use the PowerShell command. It is a powerful command-line tool with which you can remove the core components of Windows 10 among many things. But this is a potent tool, and you must use it as a last resort and with a lot of caution.

Launch PowerShell by pressing Windows Key + S. Or, you can open the task manager by pressing  Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys together and then go to the run new task option in the File menu. Type PowerShell and check the box below for creating the task with administrative rights and hit enter.

Type in Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)AppXManifest.xml”} when the PowerShell is launched and hit enter. Wait, while the system executes the command. After it is done, you will be able to use the Windows key again.

However, sometimes, PowerShell can give you unpredictable results. Hence, before you use this option, create a system restore point. If something goes wrong, use this for restoring Windows 10. And if nothing works, revert all the recent changes you have made to your system. So, if a recent change is causing the conflict, rendering your Windows key functionless, it will resolve the issue.