How to Temporarily Disable Windows Key on Windows 10

Windows key is an important key on the keyboard as it is multi-functional and makes it easier to access various settings of the computer through a single keypress. However, people who like to have PC gaming sessions find this key annoying since a mistaken hit on the windows key would bring the windows menu on the screen consequently obscuring the gaming session.

A solution to this problem is to disable the Windows key on Windows 10 temporarily. In this article, I will describe the steps to temporarily disable the Windows key on Windows 10. Several third-party apps are also available for this purpose but you can also do it by performing few steps in the Registry Editor.

WARNING: Changes in the Windows Registry may cause issues with Windows functionality. doesn’t own any responsibility if any issues cause with Windows functionality.

Temporarily Disable Windows Key on Windows 10

Click on the start menu or press the Windows key and type ‘Regedit’ in the search bar. Click on it to launch it.

Go to ‘HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE’. Click on the side arrow to view the options. Go to ‘SYSTEM’ and click on the side arrow to view the options. Go to’ CurrentControlSe’t and click on the side arrow to view the options.

While you click on ‘CurrentControlSet’ search for ‘Keyboard Layout’ from its options. While the drop-down menu of ‘Keyboard Layout’ is opened, right-click on the white space on the right side. Click on ‘New’ and select ‘Binary Value’ from its sub-menu.

A new file will be created. Rename it to ‘Scancode Map’.

Right-click on the ‘Scancode Map’ and select ‘modify’.

In the section ‘Value data’ type following. 00000000000000000300000000005BE000005CE0000000. You can not do copy-paste so you have to be careful while typing the aforementioned value. Press the ‘OK’ button.

Close the Registry Editor and restart your system. By performing these steps, the Windows key will be temporarily disabled. You can enable the Windows key by deleting the ‘Scancode Map’ file and do a system restart.

Muhammad Imran Habib

Imran is a technology evangelist with 8 years of experience working with some of the Industry leading companies. Imran's expertise includes On-Prem/Virtual Infrastructure deployments, IT Solutions for SMEs, End User Computing Support.

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