While using the keyboard of a computer system, sometimes we have to press the keys so quickly that by mistake we often press some key which we didn’t intend to hit. One of the best examples for such cases can be with the gamers. Often while playing the games they accidentally press the Windows key and it really becomes irritating for them. Not only with gamers, but there can be several cases where user don’t want to be interrupted in this manner. So, the best way to avoid these situations is by disabling that key intentionally for a period of time in which the game is being played or some other important work is being done.
We all know it very well that by pressing the Windows key, Start menu pops up and it is one of the most commonly used shortcut key on the keyboard. But, as mentioned earlier just consider a situation when you are running an application on full screen, like a game and you don’t want to use this key at all. But, as we know that if this key is pressed even by mistake, then it will minimize the application and will produce the Start menu. So, in order to avoid such situation, one would definitely like to disable this Windows key for sure. We here introduce some of the ways in which this can be done.
One of the small utility is available as a freeware, which can be downloaded and can be used to solve this issue. This utility has been designed and developed specifically for disabling this windows key. Although, it has some other features also which can be used, but the primary motive is to disable the key on the keyboard.
One of the other method that is provided from the window’s owner itself i.e. from the Microsoft side is Microsoft Fix It. This is basically an executable file which is provided by Microsoft and it will solve your purpose as it can disable/enable the button for you. It works by making changes in the registry which will be done and handled automatically by it.
One of the other method is also there which can help the users. Although, this manual method is little bit complex as compared to the other two. But, still it is as effective as the other two are. Now, in order to disable this button manually you just have to follow the following steps
- Click on Start -> Run -> type regedit
- Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SYSTEM \ CurrentControlSet \ Control \ Keyboard Layout
- Create a new Binary Value with key name = Scancode Map (or modify it if exists)
- Value set to 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 03 00 00 00 00 00 5B E0 00 00 5C E0 00 00 00 00
- Once you are done with above mentioned steps, just close the registry editor and logout your window or simply just restart the system and your window start key would be disabled then.
One of the important thing that must be kept in mind before going along with this third method is that modifying the registry can cause severe harms to your computer. So, you must make sure to back up the registry before modifying it at all. Also, if any issue comes then you must know how to restore the registry. It is not all recommended to use this third method.