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Change the Default NumLock State (Windows NT/2000/XP) Popular

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 behavior can be changed with this setting.

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Open your registry and find the key below.

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-by-user basis by modifying [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Keyboard] using the same values.

Restart Windows for the change to take effect.

Registry Editor Example
|NameTypeData|
|(Default)REG_SZ(value not set)|
|InitialKeyboardIndicatorsREG_SZ"2"|
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|HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Keyboard|
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Registry Settings
User Key: [HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Keyboard]
Value Name: InitialKeyboardIndicators
Data Type: REG_SZ (String Value)
Value Data: 0 = NUMLOCK is turned off after logon, 2 = NUMLOCK is turned on after logon

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Disclaimer: Modifying the registry can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. We cannot guarantee that problems resulting from modifications to the registry can be solved. Use the information provided at your own risk.

Last modified: January 29, 2003