Many Windows users are facing an issue which is that the Num Lock key is not enabled, is turned off, is not working, or inactive on restart or startup in Windows whether it is either Windows 7, 8, or 10. The workaround of this problem is quite easy. All you need to do is press the Num Lock Key once your computer boots up using your keyboard. But it is very inconvenient to press the Num Lock key each time on startup. I too faced this issue so I started to find some solutions to Enable Num Lock On restart or startup in Windows 10.
I found three possible solutions for the Num Lock Key disable problem. One possible fix is to disable the fast startup in Windows. If that doesn’t work for you then you can try another fix which is to do some changes in the Windows registry. If both these solutions don’t work then you can try the last possible solution which is to disable the Num Lock Key from the Windows BIOS.
Enable Num Lock on restart or startup – FIX
Solution 1 – Disabling Fast Startup in Windows
First, you must understand what is Fast Startup?. Microsoft has given users a feature of Fast Startup. It is a hybrid combination of a wake-from-hibernation startup and cold startup. Instead of shutting down the user sessions or ending system services, Windows hibernates the current session. The working of it is that Windows sends out a message to all the running applications, giving them a chance to save data and settings.
But this Fast Startup sometimes creates problems for the Num Lock Key. The Num Lock key gets turned off or becomes inactive on Windows startup. Thus to solve this you must disable the Fast Startup setting from the Windows Power Options. Read about Windows Power Options. Enable Num Lock On restart or startup in Windows 10.
Follow the steps mentioned below-
1. Press Windows key + R to open the Run window screen. Type control panel in it.
2. Once you have entered in the Control Panel, click on the Power Options.
3. Click on “Choose What the power buttons do”. You will see this option on the left side panel of the screen.
4. Now you have to select the option “Change settings that are currently unavailable”. This will enable the settings of the 4 options mentioned – Turn on fast startup (recommended), Sleep, Hibernate, and Lock. Then you can easily do the changes.
5. Then, you must uncheck the option “Turn on fast startup (recommended)”. And then click on “Save changes”.
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Solution 2 – Tweak your computer’s Registry
If solution 1 doesn’t work out for you then you can use solution 2 to fix the issue by tweaking certain aspects of your computer’s Registry using the Registry Editor on your computer. But before proceeding any further we would strongly recommend taking a backup of the registry and create a system restore point first. Having done that, follow these steps:–
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1. Press Windows key + R to open the Run window screen. Type Regedit in it.
2. Then go to registry key HKEY_USERS\.Default\Control Panel\Keyboard. Then double click on “InitialKeyboardIndicators”. Finally, modify the value “2” to “2147483648”.
Then, click on OK.
At last exit the Registry Editor and restart your computer.
Once your computer restarts you will see that now you Num Lock key is no longer disabled at the startup. If you still face the same issue then you can try the last solution to Enable Num Lock On restart or startup in Windows 10.
Solution 3 – Disable Num Lock Key in Your Computer’s BIOS
The last solution which worked for me is to disable the Num Lock key in the computer’s BIOS. Here are the steps to Enable Num Lock On restart or startup in Windows 10 by doing some changes in the BIOS-
1. Boot into your Laptop/Computer’s BIOS. Read this – How to enter into Windows 7/8/10 BIOS?
2. Search for the option under the settings which dictates whether or not the Num Lock is to be turned on at startup. Then disable that option.
3. Finally, click on “Apply” to save your changes and then exit BIOS.
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