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How To Fix USB Keyboard Not Working in Windows 10

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USB Keyboards are like a lifesaver for a laptop user with a malfunctioned keyboard and are obviously essential for Desktop users as you can not use On-Screen Keyboard all the time.

But sometimes, your Windows OS is either not able to detect or make the keyboard work. In that case, you need to perform different fixes mentioned in this video that will help you fix the USB keyboard not working problem in Windows 10.

Why is my USB keyboard not working?🧐

There are different reasons behind the keyboard not working problem. Therefore, let’s just one-by-one see different causes of this problem.

  • A malfunctioned keyboard: This is the most common reason why your keyboard is nor working. It can be anything such as a damaged cable or an improper internal connection. Some can be easily fixed other require you to replace the keyboard.
  • Missing or an outdated driver: One can not use a computer with the absence of certain drivers such as the pointer/mouse driver, the audio driver, the graphic driver, and the keyboard driver which can lead your keyboard to not work.
  • A malfunctioned USB port: If you are plugging a USB keyboard in your laptop or the desktop, the first thing you should do is to check the USB port and see if it is fine. One more thing that you should check whether the port is compatible or not.
  • Bugged Filter Key: This is another common one, as many users reported that the Filter Key in Window 10 is not allowing them to type on the login screen.

What to if Keyboard is not working:-

If your USB keyboard is not working and you are in an urgent need to use one then you should try to use the on-screen keyboard. Even if you are not in a hurry still launch the on-screen keyboard as it will ease the fixing process.

To launch the on-screen keyboard with the mouse you need to do the following steps:-

Step 1: Launch Settings by right-clicking on the start menu and then choose it from the list.

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Step 2: Click on Ease of Access.

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Step 3: Then click on Keyboard> Use the on-screen keyboard(use the toggle).

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Fix USB Keyboard Not Working in Windows 10

Now, after knowing the reason behind the USB keyboard not working problem it is the time to fix it. The following are the methods by which you can easily fix your keyboard.

Detach and Attach the keyboard:-

The first thing that you should do after observing the problem is to detach the USB keyboard, then restart the system, and then attach the keyboard.

This can fix the temporary lag issue that you may deal with if this doesn’t work then you should look towards the following methods.

Fix the USB problem:-

As mentioned earlier, a damaged USB port or an incompatible USB can be another reason why your keyboard is not working. There is a little one can do to fix the damaged USB port other than getting it fixed by the professionals. But you can solve the later issue with the help of the following two methods.

1. Switch the Power Management for USB Root Hub:-

Microsoft has introduced a feature that can turn the power supply to USB off if you are not using it. The idea was good but the execution was not, therefore, this can cause a problem. In this section, we are going to turn it off.

To switch the power Management for USB Root Hub you need to be obedient to the prescribed steps:-

Step 1: Launch the Device Manager by either searching it out from the start menu or right-click on the start menu and then select Device Manager from the appeared list.

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Step 2: Now expand Universal Serial Bus Controllers, then right-click on USB Root Hub, and then select Properties.

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Step 3: The click will redirect you to the USB Root Hub properties, there you need to go to the Power Management tab and then untick “Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power”.

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Finally, restart your computer and hopefully, this will solve your problem.

2. Turn-off the USB Selective Suspend Settings:-

Disabling USB Selective Suspend Power Settings will help in fixing the USB problem that you may suffer. 

To do this you need to follow the prescribed steps:-

Step 1: Launch the Control Panel by either searching it out from the start menu or by RUN(WIn + R), type “control” and hit enter.

Step 2: From the appeared Window, click on the System and Security button.

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Step 3: The click will redirect you to the System and Security window, there you need to select Power Options.

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Step 4: Now, click on the Change Plan Settings placed under Selected Plan.

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Step 5: You will be redirected to Edit Plan Settings there you need to click Change advanced power settings options.

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Step 7: On the advanced settings screen, you need to expand USB Settings and then USB selective suspend settings. Now, disable both the Plugged in and the On battery.

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Hopefully, this will solve your USB Keyboard not working problem

Note: These two USB fixes can be used for any USB related problem.

Disable the Filter Key:-

According to many Windows 10 users, disabling the Filter Key (used to change keyboard repeat rates) helps in fixing the USB keyboard not working problem. Therefore, in this section, we will see how to disable the Filter key in windows 10.

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

Step 1: Launch Settings by either searching it out from the start menu or right-click on the start menu and then select Settings from the appeared list.

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Step 2: Now click on the “Ease of Access” button, from the appeared window.

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Step 3: From the list placed at the left side of the screen, you need to select Keyboard and then use the toggle to turn the Filter Key off.

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Finally, restart your computer, and hopefully, your problem of USB keyboard not working will be eliminated.

Remove Extra Keyboard drivers:-

Microsoft Windows provides its users with different drivers and devices that we usually don’t use. This can also lead to the USB keyboard not working problem.

Therefore, we are going to remove those extra keyboard drivers. To do that, you need to follow the prescribed steps:-

Step 1:  Launch the Device Manager by either searching it out from the start menu or right-click on the start menu and then select Device Manager from the appeared list.

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Step 2: Now click on View and then Show hidden devices from the appeared list.

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Step 3: Now expand Keyboard, then right-click on the extra driver and then click on Uninstall from the appeared list.

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There are different extra keyboards drivers in the Windows OS, therefore, you need to remove all of them. And then restart your computer to eliminate the USB Keyboard not working problem.

Update the Keyboard driver:-

One of the reasons why your USB Keyboard is not working is the presence of a bugged driver. A bugged driver is a universal problem that even the developers have noticed, therefore, they might have fixed this issue in the next update.

So, to fix the USB Keyboard driver by updating the driver you need to follow the prescribed steps:-

Step 1:  Launch the Device Manager by either searching it out from the start menu or right-click on the start menu and then select Device Manager from the appeared list.

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Step 2: Now expand Keyboard, then click on External Keyboard driver, and then select Update Drivers from the appeared list.

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After the completion of the update, you need to restart the computer to get things done.

Update your Computer:-

As mentioned earlier, a lot of the problems in Windows or any OS for that matter is because of the bugs. In the last method, we have updated the driver but sometimes the problem is because of some other aspect as well.

Microsoft is quite active when it comes to sending updates, therefore, we should always keep your computer up-to-date. 

To update your Windows 10, you need to follow the prescribed steps:-

Step 1: Launch Settings by either searching it out from the start menu or right-click on the start menu and then select Settings from the appeared list.

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Step 2: Now click on the Update and Security button.

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Step 3: From the appeared screen, you need to click on Check for Updates and at the same time make sure that you are on the Windows Update tab.

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This will scan the server and check the available update. If there is any update, it will be downloaded and then it will ask your permission to restart the system to get things right.

Hopefully, this will eliminate the USB Keyboard not working issue.

Troubleshoot Keyboard:-

One of the easiest fixes of any problem is just troubleshooting it. Windows users are lucky that their OS has many troubleshooting features in-build and in this method, we are going to use just that.

To troubleshoot the keyboard in Window 10 you need to follow the prescribed steps:-

Step 1: Launch Settings by either searching it out from the start menu or right-click on the start menu and then select Settings from the appeared list.

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Step 2: On the search bar placed at the top of your Settings window, search Fix Keyboard.

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Step 3: Hit enter to launch the Find and fix the troubleshooting problem and then click on Next to allow your OS to find and fix your problem.

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Now, you need to restart your computer and hopefully, your problem will be eliminated.

Wrap-up:-

In this article, we have tried solving the USB keyboard not working problem. Hopefully, the mentioned fixes have helped you. 

Have a good day!

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