Windows Key shortcuts can make your work easier. However, when playing games, you may want to disable Windows key to enjoy gaming without interference. This post will tell you how to disable or enable Windows key when necessary. While MiniTool Solution will offer you some other useful tips and tricks.

You can press the Windows Key on the keyboard to open the start menu. With the combination of WinKey and other keys, you can perform many actions and commands that you can also perform with the mouse.

Usually, the WinKey or Windows Key shortcuts are very useful and convenient if you can operate them smoothly.

However, if you are playing games and someone presses the Windows key by mistake, the open game where the taskbar is not shown will be minimized without existing. This is a nightmare for PC gamers. Here comes a question: how to disable Windows key to improve the gaming experience?

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In this post, we will show you 3 ways to disable Windows key. You can select one based on your own needs.

#1. Use WinKey Killer or WinKill

WinKey Killer

WinKey Killer is a free application. You can search for it on the internet and then download it on your computer. However, it doesn’t work on the later versions of Windows.

WinKill

WinKill can work with Windows 10. It locates in the system tray and you can turn it on or off manually to disable or enable Windows Key. You can also search for WinKill on the internet and download it on your computer manually.

#2. Edit the Registry

To disable Windows key, you need to follow these steps:

  1. Press Cortana and search for regedit.
  2. Choose the first option to open it.
  3. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_ MACHINE > System > CurrentControlSet > Control > Keyboard Layout on local machine.
  4. Press Add Value on the Edit menu. Then, type in Scancode Map, select REG_BINARY as the Data Type.
  5. Press OK.
  6. Type 00000000000000000300000000005BE000005CE000000000 in the Data field.
  7. Press OK.

At last, you need to close the Registry Editor and then reboot your PC.

Indeed, these registry keys are very important. You can first back up individual registry key if you want to keep them safe.

If you want to enable Windows Key, you can follow these steps:

  1. Use the same method mentioned in the disable Windows key part to open the Registry Editor.
  2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_ MACHINE > System > CurrentControlSet > Control > Keyboard Layout on local machine.
  3. Right-click the Scancode Map registry entry and then select Delete from the popup menu.
  4. Press Yes.
  5. Close the Registry Editor and restart your PC.

#3. Use the Group Policy Editor

You can also use the Group Policy Editor to enable and disable Windows Key. Please follow these steps:

  1. Click Cortana, type in run, and press Enter.
  2. Choose the first result to open Run.
  3. Type in msc and press Enter to enter the Group Policy Editor.
  4. Go to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > File Explorer.
  5. Find the Turn off Windows+X hotkeys option and double-click on it.
  6. Choose Enabled.
  7. When you see the above pop-out window, you need to press Apply and OK successively to keep the change. Then, reboot your PC.

If your computer doesn’t have the Group Policy Editor, you can use the Registry Editor to disable Windows Key shortcuts:

1. After enter the Registry Editor, you need to navigate to:

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

2. Create a DWORD (32-bit) Value, name it as NoWinKeys and define the value as 1.

3. Press OK.

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