Applies To:
  • CitectSCADA 5.xx, 6.xx
  • CitectHMI 5.xx, 6.xx

How do I permanently disable the 'Windows Key' in Microsoft Windows?

It is possible to completely disable the left and right windows shortcut keys by using 'Keyboard Scancodes'.

This method can be used to disable (or remap) any keyboard key on your keyboard.

The example given below gives the correct syntax to disable (and re-enable) the 'Windows Key'

This has been tested on Windows 2000 and XP. Please be very careful when modifying the registry, and if you are unsure of what you are doing, do not do this.

To modify the registry file paste the following into *.reg file and run the file:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout]
"Scancode Map"=hex:00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,03,00,00,00,00,00,5B,E0,00,00,5C,E0,00,00,00,00

Or this to return to default:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout]
"Scancode Map"=-

You are required to restart it each time.

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