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Windows 7: Windows Key Shortcuts - Enable or Disable

18 Jul 2010   #10

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Alexandra, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Strange, it downloads for me. Here's the REG file in that download to see if you may be able to download it from here instead.

Hope this helps,

Attached Files
File Type: reg Disable_Windows_Key_Hotkeys.reg (304 Bytes, 1677 views)
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18 Jul 2010   #11


Thank you so much! I really, really appreciate the prompt response! I'll try to get it working now

Results: Something still wrong with the file :P It downloads as a .download file extension, not a .zip or .reg like you mentioned. Windows doesn't know how to handle the file.
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18 Jul 2010   #12

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

You're welcome. Please let us know how it went.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Jul 2010   #13


Still problem with the new download link. It downloads as a .download file extension... windows doesn't know how to handle the file. A google search says it's only openable by browsers, but neither IE nor chrome can handle it.

Out of interest, here is the restricted-access error I get when trying to DL from the 1st page:

alexandra, you do not have permission to access this page. This could be due to one of several reasons:

Your user account may not have sufficient privileges to access this page. Are you trying to edit someone else's post, access administrative features or some other privileged system?
If you are trying to post, the administrator may have disabled your account, or it may be awaiting activation.
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18 Jul 2010   #14

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Ah, ok. It sounds like you have some sort of securtiy program that changes the name of the download's file extension.

After downloading the .reg file, right click on the .reg file and click on Rename. Use you arrow keys to move over and rename back to Disable_Windows_Key_Hotkeys.reg. Afterwards, you should be able to merge it.
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18 Jul 2010   #15


Although renaming it to .reg didn't work, I found the cause of the file extension problem. I was using Chrome, which I think tried to have fancy security and didn't complete the file download.

.download is the file extension of stopped or incomplete downloads for Chrome. I used IE and got the correct file.

Then, I completed the steps as described, allowing the file to change the registry and receiving a dialogue box that confirmed it has been entered into the registry... however after a full Shutdown / Boot, the Alt-Tab function is still plaguing me (meaning it's functional :P ).

Any ideas? I don't wanna waste too much of your time, sorry.

Edit: I should add that my Windows install is completely fresh. I don't have any anti-virus or anti-spy programs that could be reverting my registry or preventing the update. All that's on this comp is Windows 7, 2 games and Winrar.
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18 Jul 2010   #16


Hey Brink,

I found a solution! It's on this thread.
It requires a download of a miniscule third-party program. After following the instructions there, my Alt-Tab is not functional and no longer boots me out of fullscreen games.

Although the registry modification didn't work, thanks very much! Maybe you can refer others to that thread who have this problem in the future.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Jul 2010   #17

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

That's great news Alexandra. Thank you for posting back with your solution.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Mar 2013   #18

Windows 7
Alt+tab not working in Windows 7

Hi Brink I am using Windows 7 Home Ultimate 32 Bit Version, I am having the same problem posted here that Alt tab is not working. However I am confused which of the above two options to use, as I don't want to corrupt my OS in doing So. Can you please explain the work instruction in details, where I need to disable Window's Key or enable Window's key. I have downloaded both... Moreover where to find this Local Group Policy Editor which is mentioned in Option 2. I can only find Local Security Policy. Please guide me.Thanks.
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10 Mar 2013   #19

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Traum, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Unfortunately, this tutorial is only for the Windows key shortcuts, and does not apply to the Alt+Tab shortcut.

If this happened recently, then you could do a system restore using a restore point (if available) dated before it stopped working to hopefully fix it.

Hope this helps,
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