Windows Hotkeys are computer keys that are used as shortcuts. They can make it easier to use a computer because they minimize mouse use. The Windows logo key by itself opens or closes the Start Menu and the Windows logo key combined with other keys control many Windows functions. For example, pressing Win + M minimizes all window.
Important Note:System Restore Point
- In order to disable Windows Hotkeys, the registry must be modified. Modifying the registry incorrectly can cause serious computer problems. In order to avoid these potential problems, back up the registry before modifying it. This will protect the registry as it can be restored if a problem occurs.
- To protect the registry, create a system restore point. A system restore point allows the registry to be restored to the way it was before the Windows Hotkeys were disabled if there is a problem.
- Log in as administrator before continuing. Most user accounts that were created when Windows was installed have administrative rights by default.
To create a system restore point follow these steps:
- Click the Start button, right click Computer, and click Properties to open System.
- Click System Protection in the left pane. (If prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, log in with administrative rights, then type in the administrator password or give confirmation).
- Click the System Protection tab. Click Create.
- Type a description in the System Protection dialog box then click Create.
How to Disable Windows Hotkeys:
To disable the Windows Hotkeys follow these steps:
- Open the start menu.
- Type regedit in the Start Search Box then press Enter.
- In the UAC prompt, click Continue.
- Once at regedit, go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft \Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies.
- (Go to step 7 if the Explorer key or folder is already under Policies).
- Right click Policies and click New and Key in the left pane.
- Type in Explorer then press Enter.
- Right click an empty area in the right pane then click on New and DWORD (32-bit) Value.
- Type in “NoWinKeys” then press Enter.
- In the right pane, right click “NoWinKeys” then click “Modify.”
- Type 1 and click OK to disable Windows Hotkeys.
- Close Regedit.
- Restart the computer or log off then log on to apply the changes.
Attention: To Enable Windows Hotkeys, follow the exact directions in steps 1-9. Replace step 10 by typing in 0 (the number zero) and clicking OK, then follow steps 11 and 12 above.