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Windows 7: Windows Key Shortcuts - Enable or Disable

11 Mar 2013   #20

Windows 7

Hi Shawn, Many thanks for your quick response. I shall try and do a system restore as suggested by you, however in the above thread people also had problem with alt+tab not working and your solution has helped them, however I am not sure which option to choose. So I need your help to choose any of the best option, after I have tried system restore and if still problem exists.
Thanks and Regards,

My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Mar 2013   #21

64-bit Windows 10 Pro


Without knowing what may have disabled your Alt+tab keys, a system restore would be the easiest and quickest way to hopefully fix this without having to do anything else.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Mar 2013   #22

Windows 7

Hi Shawn, Thanks for your quick response. Well i tried System restore, however it didn't work either. Since Windows 7 has introduced the WindowsKey+Tab for 3D window selection, maybe we need to give that a try n see whether we get used to it as we did with Alt+Tab. Lets see how it works.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Mar 2013   #23

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

You might also see how using CTRL+ALT+TAB or the shortcut below may work.

Flip 2D Shortcut Program
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11 May 2013   #24

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
No luck yet

64bit Win Ultimate

Windows+ hotkeys still don't work after using using the enable hotkeys registry edit.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 May 2013   #25

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello trippdup, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You, someone, or some tweak program may have used some other method than group policy to disable the Windows hotkey.

If this has just recently started to not work, then you might see if doing a system restore using a restore point (if available) dated before this happened to hopefully fix it for you.

Hope this helps,
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 May 2013   #26

Windows 7 Enterprise SP1 64-bit


many thanks for this helpful thread, it allowed me to resolve... HALF the problem.

in a nutshell, i'd like an application i'm running to be able to act on all 'win'-key shortcuts. i've disabled win-key interception using the local group policy editor, as described in this thread. this seems to have allowed the application to receive most win-key combinations, but for some reason, the following shortcuts still can't be recognized by the application -
to top it off, win-l locks my login, win-p displays an option window for projecting the display onto an external projector, and win-u pops up a convenience window -- which i'm assuming is standard behavior for these shortcuts.

is there any way to allow these key combinations to be used by an application, rather than having windows intercept them?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 May 2013   #27

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Dave,

I'm not sure it's possible, but you might check the free AutoHotkey program to see if it may be able to help any.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 May 2013   #28

Windows 7 Enterprise SP1 64-bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Dave,

I'm not sure it's possible, but you might check the free AutoHotkey program to see if it may be able to help any.
thanks, brink. i did download autohotkey and try it out. it'll disable those key combinations ok, but doesn't seem like it'll allow them to be used by an application. i.e., win-p no longer pulls up the windows projection menu, but it's still not seen by the application.

i'll post more once i get a more definite handle on what's happening w/autohotkey.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Jul 2013   #29

Win7 enterprise 64 bit
Is it possible to disable only certain Windows Key combinations?

Hi Brink,

I've been reading through this thread and tried to the registry settings, and they work well. A little too well. I noticed that it disabled ALL my Windows key combinations.

I'm curious ... is it possible to disable certain Windows keys (such as: Win-1, Win-RightArrow) and leave other Windows keys intact (such as: Win-E, Win-R)?

- Bob
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