How to Fix Windows Key Not Working in Windows 10

Windows key has multiple functionalities and is used by both basic and advanced users. But sometimes users face the issue of Windows key not working in Windows 10.

Some of the solutions to the above problem are mentioned below.

Solution 1: Fix Windows Key Not Working Using PowerShell

You can use the following steps to solve the issue of Windows key not working using PowerShell.

Step 1:

  • Hold Ctrl+ Shift+ Esc keys, to open Task Manager.
  • Go to File (adjacent to options) >Run new Task.

 Task Manager

  • Enter PowerShell
  • Check the checkbox below which says, Create this task with administrative privileges.
  • Click OK.

 New Task

Step 2:

  • Once PowerShell opens up, type or copy paste following command into PowerShell.
Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)AppXManifest.xml”}
  • Hit Enter

 After the execution of command, the Windows key should start working.

Solution 2: Modify your Registry to Fix Windows Key Not Working Issue

If there is some problem with your registry, then Windows key might stop working. This problem can be fixed by modifying your registry. Follow the steps mentioned to change the registry.

  • Hold Ctrl+ Shift+ Esc keys, to open Task Manager.
  • Go to File >Run New Task
  • Enter regedit, click
  • In the left pane, navigate the following path

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout

 Registry Editor

  • Expand the Keyboard Layout key, locate Scancode Map registry entry and delete it.Close Registry Editor, restart your PC.

Solution 3: Disable Gaming Mode

Gaming keyboards have some keys disabled so that it does not interfere with gameplay sessions, even if you accidentally press it. Many users aren’t aware that their keyboards have turned to gaming mode while cleaning it. If your Windows key is not working be sure that your Gaming Mode is off.

Many keyboards have Gaming mode switch on them. It is usually located above F2 and F3 button, with a symbol of joystick next to it.

Solution 4: Check for Win Lock key on your keyboard

While some keyboards have the Gaming mode, some other keyboards have Win Lock key. This key is used to disable Windows key on your keyboard.

If Windows key isn’t working on Windows 10 then press Win Lock key and check the Windows key, it should start working again.

Solution 5: Create a new User Account

The other solution to Windows key not working in Windows 10 is to create a new User Account. Following steps should be followed:

Open Settings (app)

  • Navigate to Accounts section
  • Navigate to Family & other people
  • In Other people section, click Add someone else to this PC
  • Choose I don’t have person’s sign-in information, above privacy statement as shown below.
  • Select Add a user without a Microsoft Account.

 Enter your name for the new user account and click Ok.

After creating a new account, sign out of your account and login to the new account. Check now whether Windows key is working or not. If it is working in the new user account, it was because of software you were facing this issue.

You can now transfer your personal files to the new user account and use this as your main account.

Solution 6: Perform SFC scan

Sometimes windows installation becomes corrupted; due to this Windows key might stop working hence aSFC scan is necessary.

To perform SFC scan follow these steps:

Step 1:

Open Task Manager, choose File > Run new Task.

 Step 2:

  • A new window of Create new Task opens
  • Enter cmd and check Create this task with administrative privileges.

 Step 3:

  • Enter sfc/scannow, press Enter

 Restart your PC after Windows 10 installation scanning is completed.

Check whether the problem is resolved. If problem isn’t solved then, start Command prompt again and type or copy paste

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth command.

Again check whether the problem is resolved or not.

 Solution 8: Check for malware and viruses.

Certain malware and viruses can sometimes disable Windows key completely. If you encounter that your PC is infected by some virus then a full system scan is recommended.