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Windows 7: Remapping keyboard for current user only

17 Apr 2010   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Remapping keyboard for current user only

Hi,

I'm not sure if this is the right forum but "customizations" is the closest thing topic I can think of for my problem.

I used to use the scancode map registry key to remap my ctrl/caps lock/esc key in Windows XP. I was able to do this system wide or just for a particular user (hkey_current_user key).

However, in Windows 7 (and possibly Vista), the user only setting does not take effect.

Does anyone know anything about this? Has that support been dropped?
The key I use is hkey_current_user/keyboard layout/scancode map.

Thanks!
jbum

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17 Apr 2010   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jbum View Post
Hi,

I'm not sure if this is the right forum but "customizations" is the closest thing topic I can think of for my problem.

I used to use the scancode map registry key to remap my ctrl/caps lock/esc key in Windows XP. I was able to do this system wide or just for a particular user (hkey_current_user key).

However, in Windows 7 (and possibly Vista), the user only setting does not take effect.

Does anyone know anything about this? Has that support been dropped?
The key I use is hkey_current_user/keyboard layout/scancode map.

Thanks!
jbum
Jbum

It may still work, but the key may be different. Win 7 has a slew of new keys and values. Isnt there another app that would do the same thing?


Ken
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17 Apr 2010   #3

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X
 
 

I don't see anything in my registry that has that value in HKEY_Current_User/Keyboard

You can try this program, don't know much about it though:
KeyTweak Homepage

Or try this method:
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windo...dows-xp-vista/
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17 Apr 2010   #4

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jbum View Post
Hi,

I'm not sure if this is the right forum but "customizations" is the closest thing topic I can think of for my problem.

I used to use the scancode map registry key to remap my ctrl/caps lock/esc key in Windows XP. I was able to do this system wide or just for a particular user (hkey_current_user key).

However, in Windows 7 (and possibly Vista), the user only setting does not take effect.

Does anyone know anything about this? Has that support been dropped?
The key I use is hkey_current_user/keyboard layout/scancode map.

Thanks!
jbum
Jbum

It may still work, but the key may be different. Win 7 has a slew of new keys and values. Isnt there another app that would do the same thing?


Ken
Perhaps it's configure using a different key now but I have no clue what that would be. I'm not really using an app to do this currently.
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17 Apr 2010   #5

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by notsograymatter View Post
I don't see anything in my registry that has that value in HKEY_Current_User/Keyboard

You can try this program, don't know much about it though:
KeyTweak Homepage

Or try this method:
Map Any Key to Any Key on Windows 7 / XP / Vista - How-To Geek
I've attached a screenshot of my registry to show you the "Keyboard Layout" entry.

I tried using the KeyTweak app but that creates a 'system wide' registry entry, which I don't want. There doesn't seem to be a way to do it for a particular user. I share my computer with others and do not want to affect the keyboard mapping for the entire computer.

I believe the second link points to an app that does the same thing. Both apps write to the registry under hkey_local_machine/*/*/*/Keyboard Layout

Thanks.


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17 Apr 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

have a look at this: Disable Caps Lock Key in Windows 7 or Vista - How-To Geek
its for vista, but i see no reason why it won't work in 7

also, a guide to keytweak, again for Vista
http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/wi...windows/?p=861
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26 Jun 2010   #7

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks for trying to help but "KeyTweak" was already mentioned by a previous poster. I tried it and it configures the "system" level keyboard mappings.

I am not interested in system level tweaks that affects "all" users. I just want to configure it for my account only.

In Windows XP and previous versions of Windows, I was able to create a hkey_current_user/Keyboard Layout/Scancode Map entry to do this just for my account. Apparently, this support was removed or there is a bug preventing this from working.

Would love to know if anyone knows or if there is a contact info for MS support.
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