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Disable the Windows Key

By: Arie Slob

The Windows Key is a function key found between the Ctrl and Alt keys on a Windows enhanced keyboard. You can identify it by the Windows flag printed on it (WINKEY).

Some people would prefer to have this key disabled, here's how:

  1. Start the Registry Editor
  2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SYSTEM \ CurrentControlSet \ Control \ Keyboard Layout
  3. From the Edit menu select New > Binary value
  4. Give this new value the name Scancode Map
  5. Double-click the new value, and enter the following binary data (0 = zero): 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 03 00 00 00 00 00 5B E0 00 00 5C E0 00 00 00 00
  6. Close the registry editor
  7. Log off, or restart Windows for the changes to take effect

Note: This is a system wide setting, so it will affect all users on the system!

This is one of the functions performed by:


Tweaking Toolbox XP