numlockDefault Num Lock is on or off controlled in the bios of a computer. In enterprise environments there is usually a bios password. So users aren’t allowed to change the default behavior of Num Lock (on or off).

Windows has a built in trick for this.

When the computer boots and the login screen is displayed set Num Lock to the preferred status. Then DON’T login but restart/shutdown the computer. The next time Num Lock is just the way the users want’s it Knipogende emoticon


Q: Is is possible to let users change the default Num Lock status with a BIOS password?

A: Yes, set the preferred status at the login screen and reboot the pc.

There is even a solution for doing this in the registry.

  1. Start the registry-editor.
  2. Go to HKEY_USERS\.Default\Control Panel\Keyboard.
  3. Change the value of InitialKeyboardIndicators from 0 to 2.

Jeroen Tielen

Experienced Consultant/Architect with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. Skilled in Citrix, Microsoft, VMware, Ivanti, etc.


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