Thursday, 28 June 2012

Number Lock (numlock) at login screen in Windows XP

After re-imaging a MacBook Pro with Windows XP, I noticed (annoyingly) that the num lock was always switched on upon boot up at the login screen! After googling it I found this post, which describes how to change it on startup in the registry. Simply change:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Keyboard\InitialKeyboardIndicators=3
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Keyboard\InitialKeyboardIndicators=1

This turns num lock off. Unfortunately, I think this just applies to whoever's logged in at the time, and doesn't apply to the login screen. Simple enough though, and is described at the bottom of the post in a reply (although for some reason he used some weird code - "2147483650" (string value)). I did this:

HKEY_USERS\.Default\Control Panel\Keyboard\InitialKeyboardIndicators=1

and it worked.

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