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Windows 7: Windows Key Button Acts Like It's Sticking


05 Dec 2009   #1

windows 7 home premium
 
 
Windows Key Button Acts Like It's Sticking

Hello Everyone,

I'm not sure if anyone else has noticed this or whether it is a problem with my system but my windows key button seems like it is sticking. Normally, to use windows shortcuts you would do something like windows key+m to minimize all windows. Well what I find is that periodically the key seems to stick and if I type "m", for example, it will minimize all windows. Basically any key I hint will do whatever it is programed to do as a windows shortcut, if that makes sense. I know I can just disable the shortcuts but I was wondering if there was any way to fix this. Currently, when the problem arises I just hit the windows key button and it seems to reset it and everything goes back to normal. I didn't just buy the computer now. I had Vista on it before and never had any problem related to the windows key button.

Let me know what you think the problem is and thanks for any help you have.

Polo

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06 Dec 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate_x64
 
 

Have you tried a different keyboard?
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06 Dec 2009   #3

Win7
 
 

Do you have sticky keys turned on? In Control Panel select "Ease of Access -> Ease of Access Center -> Make the keyboard easier to use" and see if Sticky Keys is checked?

I don't know if it applies to the windows key though.
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06 Dec 2009   #4

Windows 7
 
 

Hello Polo,

Find more information about the Windows 7 keyboard shortcuts here: Keyboard shortcuts.

Cheers,
Tara
Windows Outreach Team
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06 Dec 2009   #5

windows 7 home premium
 
 

Hi Everyone,

Thanks for your replies. DrHarmin, no the "sticky keys" section is not checked off.

VindicationX, I haven't been able to try another keyboard because I have a laptop and have no extra ones but I will ask a friend to borrow theirs and see what happens.

The biggest problem is that it's not like it happens all the time. I haven't been able to determine if anything triggers it. The only thing that somewhat makes sense is the docking station. I find that it happens a bit more often after I dock the laptop. But even that doesn't happen all the time.
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07 Dec 2009   #6

Win7
 
 

If the sticky keys is checked it will act like the key is held down. Sticky keys can be triggered by pressing, say, the shift key 5 times quickly. At least in XP, not sure about Windows 7.

Could you be accidentally triggering it?
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11 Dec 2009   #7

Windows 7
 
 

I am having the EXACT same problem, except that hitting the WinKey only works for a few seconds. I am not inadvertently hitting the Windows Key, and I have only had this issue since upgrading to Windows 7.

It took me half an hour to post this due to this error. I'm about to scream.

Edit- BTW, I have gone to the point of editing my Registry to disable the Windows Keys, and it has so far only disabled my Left Key, not my right, and I'm still having the error. Please Help!
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12 Dec 2009   #8

Windows 7
 
 

I found a functional disable for the WinKeys that disables both, in case anyone else is having this issue!

How can I disable the Win key?
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19 Dec 2009   #9

win 7 pro
 
 

I am having a similar problem, but only when going in and out of an "integrated application" in XP Mode.

I haven't been able to pin it down exactly, but sometimes when I go back into my application the XP machine thinks the windows key is depressed and as soon as I type an "L" the computer is locked and my password will NOT unlock it.

If I type a "U" I get a popup about accessibility or some such. If I then press and release the windows key everything will be fine until I leave and come back (but not always when I come back).

Thoughts anyone?
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20 Dec 2009   #10

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by daSpud View Post
I am having a similar problem, but only when going in and out of an "integrated application" in XP Mode.

I haven't been able to pin it down exactly, but sometimes when I go back into my application the XP machine thinks the windows key is depressed and as soon as I type an "L" the computer is locked and my password will NOT unlock it.

If I type a "U" I get a popup about accessibility or some such. If I then press and release the windows key everything will be fine until I leave and come back (but not always when I come back).

Thoughts anyone?
My best guess is try a different keyboard. I simply disabled my windows key(see earlier post for link to instructions on doing this) until I was able to replace my keyboard, and upon replacing my keyboard, the problem went away.

I noticed that repeatedly tapping the windows key temporarily fixed the problem and I could use my keyboard again for a few minutes, but eventually it got to the point that it thought it was just being held down.
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