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9 Best Methods To Disable Windows key in Windows 10

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Windows 10 key is one of the oldest and the most useful key in Windows OS, it has been serving the users since 1994 and will continue to do. The best thing about this key apart from it being the quickest way to launch the Start Menu, the shortcuts that allow you to do things quickly.

It is very easy to disable the Windows key and in this article, we are going to do just that.

Methods To Disable Windows key in Windows 10

There are a plethora of methods by which you can easily disable the Windows Key. According to many professional gamers, they don’t want any accidental presses, and if the windows key is enabled then the chances of accidental presses increases. Let’s just methods to disable the Windows Key.

1. Disable Windows Key by Registry

The registry is one of the best ways to alter settings in your computer is by Registry. In this section, we are going to use Registry to disable the Windows Key.

Note: Be careful while doing anything with the registry as it can damage some other settings as well.

To disable Windows Key with the help of Registry you need to follow the prescribed steps:-

Step 1: Launch the Registry Editor by either searching it out from the start menu or by RUN(Win + R), type “regedit” and hit enter.

Step 2: Now, we are going to create a backup as it can be helpful if things go wrong by File> Export.

Disable Windows key in Windows 10

Step 3: From the Export Range section select All, file name: Backup, and click Save.

This will create a backup and will help you in the future if things go wrong.

Now you need to alter the settings with the help of the following steps:-

Step 4: Now, either navigate to the Keyboard layout with the help of the given route by clicking on the drop arrow from the left panel or by copying the given route and pasting it in the search bar.

Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\KeyboardLayout

Step 5: Now, right-click on the Keyboard Layout then New> Binary Value and rename the newly created entity to ScancodeMap.

Step 6: Launch the ScancodeMap by double-clicking on it and insert the following value.

Note: You can’t just copy and paste the value, you have to manually enter it.

00000000000000000300000000005BE000005CE000000000

Then click Apply and OK to confirm the alteration.

Finally, restart your PC and you are good to go. 

The best thing about this method is that whenever you feel like you need to enable the Windows Key, just go to the registry and delete the created entity ScancodeMap.

2. Disable Windows Keys by SharpKeys

SharpKeys is a third-party application that allows you to remap the keyboard keys. In this section, we are going to use it to disable the Windows Keys. To do that, you need to follow the prescribed steps:-

Step 1: Download the SharpKey and launch it.

Step 2: On the appeared screen, click on the Add button.

Methods to disable Windows key in Windows 10

Step 3: Now, from the appeared screen, click on the Type Key of the left panel.

Step 4: On the appeared screen, press the Win key and click OK.

Step 5: Now from the left panel of the Window, choose Turn Key Off and click OK.

Step 6: Finally, click on the Write to Registry option to end the task.

This will turn the Windows Keys off, to get things right you need to restart your computer and hopefully, you will be able to enjoy a seamless gaming experience.

If you want to revert the settings and allow the Windows Key then do as follows:-

Step 1: Launch the application.

Step 2: Select the created entity and then click on the Delete button.

Step 3: Click on the Write to Registry button and you are good to go.

This will enable the Windows Key but you still should restart your computer once, in order to get things in the right place.

3. Disable Windows Key by using a Gaming Mode

If you are someone looking to disable the Windows Key then the chances of you being a gamer are high. If you are interested in gaming and have a Gaming Keyboard then you can use its gaming mode to disable the Windows Keys.

Many gaming keyboards have either a physical manual or a virtual one. In that manual, you can see the shortcuts by which you can enter the Gaming mode which usually disabled the Windows Key.

One thing you should know, this option is temporary and best for gamers as you don’t want to disable the Windows Keys permanently because of its plethora of features.

4. Disable Windows Keys from the Keyboard Applications

This one goes hand in hand with the former method. As we have already mentioned, gaming keyboards allow you to disable the Windows Key with the help of an application that is provided to you by the manufacturer or the one you have downloaded from the manufacturer’s official website.

Many applications allow you to disable the Windows Key, you can either ask your vendor to provide you the software or visit the official website to download the software.

5. Disable Windows Keys by AutoHotKey Script

Now, let’s write some script and disable the AutoHotKey. AutoHotKey is an open-source software on which you can write short scripts and then run it to perform a specific task.

But before going any further you need to download the AutoHotKey. After downloading follow the prescribed steps to disable the Windows Key.

Step 1: Right-click on the desktop screen, New> AutoHotKey Script.

Step 2: A new blank AutoHotkey file will be formed, right-click on it, and then select Edit Script.

Step 3: This will redirect you to the AutoHotKey coding panel, there, you need to type the following commands.

~LWin Up::return

~RWin Up::return

Save the script, right-click on the AutoHotKey file, and select Run Script from the appeared list.

Now, every time you need to disable the Windows Key just RUN the formed script. And you are good to go.

There is a lot more cool stuff that you can do with AutoHotKey other than disabling the Windows Key. read our guide on Best AutoHotKey Script To Make Your Life Easier.

6. Disable Windows Keys by blocking HotKeys with register

In this section, we are going to use the registry editor to block Windows Key hotkeys. To do that, you need to be obedient to the following steps:-

Step 1:  Launch the Registry Editor by either searching it out from the start menu or by RUN(Win + R), type “regedit” and hit enter.

Step 2: Now reach the Explorer by either expanding the folders in the following order or just by copying and pasting the following route.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

Step 3: Now, right-click on Explorer from the left panel and then New> DWORD(32-bit) value.

Step 4: Name the newly created value, like NoWinKey.

Step 5: Launch the newly created registry, change the values to 1, and hit enter.

This will disable the Windows Key. Restart your computer to get things on track and you are good to go.

Now, you can enjoy them without thinking about the accidental presses.

7. Disable Windows Keys by Group Policy Editor

Group Policy Editor allows you to alter the settings of your Windows OS and enable or disable features like PowerShell or command prompt. In this section, we are going to disable the Windows Keys with the help of the Group Policy Editor.

To do that, you need to follow the prescribed steps:-

Step 1: Launch the Group Policy Editor either by searching it out from the start menu or by RUN(Win + R), type “gpedit.msc” and hit enter.

Step 2: Now, we need to reach File Explorer from the given path by expanding the folders from the left panel of the screen.

User Configuration> Administrative Templates> Windows Component> File Explorer

Step 3: After reaching the File Explorer double click on “Turn off Windows Key hotkeys” from the right side of the screen.

Step 4: Now, from the appeared screen, select Enabled and click OK.

Finally, restart your computer and you longer will be able to use the Windows Key.

If you want to enable it, go to the same location, launch the “Turn off Windows Key hotkeys” and select disabled.

 8. Disable Windows Keys by third-party apps

There are tons of applications out there in the market by which you can easily turn off the Windows Key. They may or may not be specifically for this purpose but they get the job done.

Winkill:-

Winkill is one of those applications specifically built to disable the Windows Key and shortcuts associated with it. The best thing about Winkill is that you don’t need to restart your computer as you did in all the previous methods.

You just need to download and launch and Windows Key and shortcuts associated with it will be blocked.

This software was primarily built for gamers in order to save them from accidental presses. Any version of Windows(XP or after) is supported by this application. Therefore download it and use this small and simple tool to disable the Windows Key.

Simple disable Key:-

Simple Disable Key is another of those third-party applications that will allow you to disable the Windows Key. The best part about this application is that you can disable any key on your keyboard with its help.

To disable Windows Key with the help of Simple Disable Key you need to follow the prescribed steps:

Step 1: Download and launch the Simple Disable Key application.

Step 2: Now from the appeared screen, select Windows Key and then click Add key.

Step 3: This will redirect you to the “When to disable Windows”, there you need to select according to your need and then click OK to end the process.

Wrap-up:-

In this article, we have seen different methods by which you can disable the Windows key and at the same time few third-party applications that you can use. All of them work well and you can choose one for you. 

Let’s just quickly go over them:-

  • By registry: Launch the registry editor, navigate via Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\KeyboardLayout then right-click on the Keyboard Layout then New> Binary Value, double-click on the newly created entity, enter 00000000000000000300000000005BE000005CE000000000 and click OK
  • By SharpKey: Add> Type Key> press win key> OK from the left panel Turn Key Off> OK> Write to registry.
  • Using Gaming: Check your keyboard’s official website or provided manual.
  • By Keyboard Application.
  • By AutoHotKey Script: Right-click on desktop> New> AutoHotKey, right-click on AutoHotKey file> Edit Script> type “~LWin Up::return ~RWin Up::return” > Save,  right-click on AutoHotKey file> Run Script.
  • By Registry: Launch the registry editor, navigate via

   HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

Then right-click on Explorer> New> DWORD(32-bit) value, launch the newly created entity, and change the value to 1.

  • By Group Policy: Launch the Group Policy Editor, navigate to File Explorer by User Configuration> Administrative Templates> Windows Component> File Explorer and then double click on “Turn off Windows Key hotkeys”, select Enabled, and click OK.
  • By Third-party app: Winkill and Simple Disable Key.