There are various reasons why you might want to disable your Windows 10 keyboard. It might be because it is due for a cleaning or the keyboard is malfunctioning. If you disable your keyboard, you will be able to clean, touch, and replace the keys without it affecting Windows. However, while the keyboard is disabled, you will not be able to do any typing except you attach an additional one.
Laptops are different from computers as most of their important accessories are hard-wired to it. You can just disconnect or replace its peripherals, unlike a computer. Therefore, if the keyboard of your laptop stops working or is partially working, it will need to be opened up and the entire keyboard will be replaced. This can be a little pricey which is why most people simply connect an external keyboard for use. To do that successfully, you will have to disable the in-built keyboard to avoid unwanted keystroke while working on the system. This post is going to guide you on how you can disable Keyboard on your Windows 10 system.
Guides to disable keyboard on Windows 10
There are so many reasons you might want to disable your keyboard. It might be because it is faulty or malfunctioning. Well, you can get rid of this problem easily. There are so many ways you can disable the keyboard on Windows 10.
How to disable keyboard on Windows 10
…using device manager
To lock the keyboard on Windows 10, the first thing you need to do is open your device manager. You can do this either by right-clicking on the start menu and then click on the device manager or click Windows key + R to open the run dialog. Once the dialog opens, type in devmgmt.msc and press enter to launch the device manager.
Once the interface opens, search for the keyboard section and double click on it. Every keyboard located on the computer will be listed right under this section. Locate the one that is built inside the system and right-click on it. Then click on disable. To make sure this action is successful, click on Yes in the dialog box.
However, if there is no option for Disable, you will have to click on the Uninstall option. Once you do that, the drivers for the keyboard will uninstall. You will also have to click on OK to confirm the actions and uninstall the built-in keyboard drivers successfully. However, if you uninstall rather than disable the keyboard, Windows 10 might update the drivers automatically. If this occurs, you will have to go back and uninstall it again.
To enable the keyboard again, you will follow the same path again except now you have to enable it. So, do this: Device manager > Keyboard > Enable/install
Windows 10 has a tool named KeyboardLock and it is used to disable keyboard on the system. Using this tool, you can lock the keyboard and mouse or either of the two. It is very easy to use once you install it on your Windows system. All you have to do is type in the password and click on the start icon. Once you do this, you can disable the keyboard without encountering any challenges. To unlock it, you just have to type in the password and activate it.
Another tool for disabling a keyboard in Windows 10 is the keyFreeze. It has a well detailed and simple user interface. It has a button with a timer that counts for five seconds before locking the keyboard. Once you press this button, that is it. If you want to unlock your device, press Ctrl + Alt + Del. It works with Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and 10.
This is another tool that works well with Windows 10. In addition, it works perfectly well with any operating system. It is very easy to use and has a section to input the password and also lock button. Clicking this button disables the keyboard. To unlock, go back to the tool and type in the password in the password window.
Finally, you should be able to disable your Windows 10 keyboard. Now, you do not have to worry about your kids making changes to your system while chatting with their grannies. You can disable your keyboard and plug in an external one without bothering yourself about interference.