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Disassociate the "Windows" key


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evansstev

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I have noticed that when I press the "windows" key, the "start" menu is displayed. How do I keep this from happening? I don't want to disable the key altogether. I want to use it as a different hot key. I have a program that has allowed me to program the key, but now when I use it, both actions take place. The action that I programed takes place, and then the start menu is displayed. So, how do I make it so that the "start" menu isn't displayed when I press the "windows" key?

I already know how to disable the "windows" key altogether. But this isn't what I want to do. If I disable the key altogether, then it can't be used as my own hot key. So once again, how do I disassociate the "windows" key from displaying the "start" menu?

Thanks for your time and help.
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http://support.microsoft.com/kb/216893

Above link how to disable Windows logo key.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/126449
Above link windows keyboard shortcuts.

and what you asked for
http://malektips.com...ws_xp_0015.html


Personally my advice is be careful, as in my opinion the warning is already here.

I have a program that has allowed me to program the key, but now when I use it, both actions take place


At the very least I would ERUNT backup registry before trying

Edited by Macboatmaster, 11 March 2011 - 12:42 PM.

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Thanks so much for your response. I didn't realize that windows has so many programed keys associated with the "windows" key. Trying to disable the "start" menu pop-up from the "windows" key, without disabling the key altogether, is tricky. I think the links that you provided will continue to disable the key altogether. Doing so will keep the "start" menu from responding to the "windows" key, but would still keep me from being able to program the key.

Another thing that I've tried is to disable the start menu, not the "windows" key. That way I can still program the "windows" key. I ran across this solution:

http://www.techrepub...tions/47-180839

The above solution is a bit drastic, but it seems to work for what I'm trying to do. Essentially, it shows how to disable the "start" menu be removing 'explorer.exe' from the task manager. Doing so keeps the menu from popping up, yet it doesn't disable the "windows" key for other programming.

I want to thank you again for your suggestions. I realize that it took your time and attention to respond. I'm grateful. This was my first post in this forum, and it went well. I now know where to go if I have more questions. Thanks.
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