How do I disable or change the keyboard Windows key?

Updated: 01/24/2018 by Computer Hope

windows keyBelow are two recommended steps for disabling the Windows key on your keyboard in Windows. The availability of these steps depend on the keyboard you have and the software that is installed for that keyboard.

Users with Microsoft keyboards

Users of keyboards designed by Microsoft, who have the drivers installed for those keyboards, can disable or alter the function of their Windows Key by following the steps below.

  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. In the Control Panel, double-click the Keyboard icon.
  3. In the Keyboard Properties window, under the Key Settings, you'll be able to adjust the Windows Key functionality.

Note: If you are using a non-Microsoft brand keyboard or did not install the included software you will not have the Key Settings section in the Keyboard Properties window.

All users

It is possible to change or disable the functionality of the Windows keys through the Windows Registry. However, we highly recommend using KeyTweak, a free utility that allows you to re-map and disable each of the Windows keys, as well as any of the other 108 keys on the keyboard. This utility also can correct any improper re-maps that have been made.

A download for this utility can be found at

Once downloaded and installed, run the program and re-map or disable the Windows keys. In this program, they are keys 59 and 63. Once changes have been made, you'll need to restart the computer for them to take effect.

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