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Windows 7: NumLock

27 Feb 2010   #1
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 
NumLock

This is a minor irritation that I can't seem to solve. How do I make NumLock on by default when Windows Seven boots up and when I log out and change users?

I have alphanumeric passwords and when I go to login with my password, I sometimes forget to hit numlock first. I looked for a setting and a registry key, but to no avail.


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27 Feb 2010   #2
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

There is often a setting in the BIOS for this. That would be the first place I would look.
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27 Feb 2010   #3
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

The many kb's I've used are on by default, acrost XP, Vista and W 7, maybe it's your specific kb.
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27 Feb 2010   #4
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

I am using a Microsoft Comfort Keyboard 2000 v1.0. Before I upgraded from XP, I did not have this problem.

I will again check my bios for that setting. I have looked;but did not see it. What leads me to think it is not a bios setting is that, with Numlock on, when I go to the login screen (switch users), Numlock goes off.
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27 Feb 2010   #5
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

I'm on a MS kb now and when I boot the num lock is on.
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27 Feb 2010   #6
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

I just checked my bios and numlock is set to on at boot. When Seven loaded, numlock was off.
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27 Feb 2010   #7
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Here you go:

Toggle Keys at Startup - Vista Forums

That thread will help hopefully.
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27 Feb 2010   #8
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CarlTR6 View Post
I just checked my bios and numlock is set to on at boot. When Seven loaded, numlock was off.
That makes no sense but then again most of this stuff makes no sense.
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27 Feb 2010   #9
Joan Archer

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32 bit/Windows 10 64bit
 
 

Same here I'm using a Microsoft MultMedia keyboard and my numlock is left on when shutting down and is always on when booting up. It's been the same way through all the computers and keyboards I've had over the years.

EDIT: This was made in answer to Ted's post #5 and when I posted it a few others had got inbetween
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27 Feb 2010   #10
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Jonathan, you are the man! Thank you, Sir. I don't know if I have solved the problem, but this reply in the thread is spot on.

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Yesterday a computer technician spent THREE HOURS with me in attempt to fix the NUM LOCK problem. He called three more technicians. Finally we were told that in order to make Windows 7 more 'User Friendly' Microsoft had ELIMINATED the startup code which in prior versions checked the BIOS in order to set the NUM LOCK key for the initial settiing. What Windows 7 does is to query the KEYBOARD for the initial NUM LOCK status! If the keyboard says that the NUM LOCK setting is ON then it adjusts the registry accordingly and vice-versa. The MORONIC MICROSOFT EXECUTIVE who came up with this STUPID AND EXTREMELY FRUSTRATING DESIGN DECISION should have a thesis written about him called: How to Become an Executive by being an Idiot! (I believe the saying 'Birds of a Feather Flock Together' would summarize this thesis.)

Those of you who think that I am the one who needs a new brain can very easily check my theory. Here is how:
1) Note the NUM LOCK status of your keyboard -- let's assume it is 'on' 2) Shut down your computer 3) Press the NUM LOCK key ONCE 3) Boot Windows 7 -- the NUM LOCK status, based upon our earlier assumption, will now be 'off' 4) WITHOUT PRESSING THE 'NUM LOCK' KEY shut down Windows 7 5) Press the NUM LOCK key ONCE 6) Boot Windows 7 -- the NUM LOCK status, based upon our earlier assumption, will now be 'on'

I certainly hope that the supervisor -- assuming that Mr. Steve Balmer did not come up with this -- of the executive who is responsible for this brings a mule to work, has the executive bend over while facing an open window, and tells the a_s to kick the guy bent out of the window in the a_s! After all, Windows has something called 'Hibernation' mode.
I tried this method and it works. Now to see if it is permanent.
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