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Changing the Default State of the NUMLOCK Key

Posted On 2005-11-1 by FortyPoundHead
Keywords: Changing the Default State of the NUMLOCK Key
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The NUMLOCK key is usually only turned on before the user has logged into the computer, this can cause problem for people with portable computers that do not check the status of the NUMLOCK key before typing their password. The default behaviour can be changed with this setting.
1. Open your registry and find the key below.
2. Change the value of 'InitialKeyboardIndicators' to either '0' for off, or '2' for on.
Note: This change will affect all users but value can also be changed on a user basis by modifying [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Keyboard] and the same registry key.

Key: [HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Keyboard]
Value Name: InitialKeyboardIndicators
Data Type: REG_SZ
Data: 0 = NUMLOCK off, 2 = NUMLOCK on

More Info: http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q170/9/03.asp


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