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:
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.