How to disable the Windows key

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If for some reason you need to disable the Windows key on the keyboard, to do this simply: it can be done by using the Windows registry editor 10, 8 or Windows 7 or use a free program to remap keys on the two ways I tell you. Another way is disabling not the key Win, and a certain combination with this key, which will also be demonstrated.

I have to warn you that if you, like me, frequently use keyboard shortcuts like Win + R (the dialog box «Run») or Win + X (the call is very useful menu in Windows 10 and 8.1), then after disconnection they will become unavailable.

How to disable the Windows key through registry editor

The first method to disable Win keys offered by the company Microsoft, and judging by the official support page, works in Windows 10, 8 and Windows 7.

The steps for disabling the Windows key on your computer keyboard or laptop in this case would be as follows:

  • Start registry editor, you can press Win+R and enter regedit
  • Go to (folders on the left) HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SYSTEM CurrentControlSet Control Keyboard Layout
  • Click on the right side of registry editor, right-click and select the context menu «Create» — «Binary option» and then enter the name Scancode Map
  • Double click on this and enter settings (or copy from here) 00000000000000000300000000005BE000005CE000000000
  • Close the registry editor and restart the computer.
  • After restarting Windows key on the keyboard will stop working (just tested on Windows 10 Pro x64, previously the first version of this article has been tested in Windows 7).

    In the future, if you again need to enable Win key just remove the Scancode Map setting in the same registry key and restart the computer — the key will work again.

    The original description of this method on the Microsoft website located here: (on this same page offers two download to automatically disable and enable keys, but for some reason they don’t work).

    Use the program SharpKeys to disable the Windows key

    A few days ago I wrote about SharpKeys is a free program that easily allows to remap keys on the computer keyboard. In addition, it is possible to disable the Windows key (left and right, if you have two of them).

    For this purpose, in the main window click «Add» (Add) in the left column, select «Special: Left Windows» and the right «Turn Key Off» (off key, default). Click «OK». Do the same thing but for the right keys — Special: Right Windows.

    Returning to the main program window, click «Write to registry» and restart the computer. Ready.

    To restore the health of the disabled keys, you can re-run the program (it will display all previously made changes), delete, reassign and again record the changes in registry.

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    Details about the program and where to download it in the instructions How to remap keys on the keyboard.

    How to disable the combination with the key Win in the program Simple Disable Key

    In some cases it is not necessary to completely disable the Windows key, but only its combination with certain keys. Recently I came across a free program Simple Disable Key, which is able to do, and quite convenient (the program works in Windows 10, 8 and Windows 7):

  • By selecting the «window Key» you press, and then say «Win» and press the «Add Key».
  • You will be prompted when to disable the key combination: in a particular program or schedule. Select the desired option. And click OK.
  • Ready — the combination of Win + key are not working.
  • It works as long as the program is running (you can put it in the startup menu Options), and at any time, right click on the program icon in the notification area, you can re-enable all keys and key combinations (Enable All Keys).

    Important: at this point in time I don’t know if I would recommend this program to use. It appeared recently and she swears Windows defender and SmartScreen, and VirusTotal shows that it’s clean. So, if you decide to use, it is at your own risk. Official website —

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