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How do I set up Windows 7 so Num Lock is on when I boot?

by jimeveegas / June 30, 2011 2:59 PM PDT

Whenever I boot my Windows 7 computer, it starts with Num Lock turned off. There was a way to do that in XP, but that option isn't there anymore.

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NumLock status
by ultimitloozer / June 30, 2011 5:23 PM PDT

There are 2 ways to do this. The first is change the setting in your computer's BIOS. If you cannot use this option, you can modify the registry to achieve the same thing. Go to the key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Keyboard. There you should see a string value called InitialKeyboarIndicators. Change this value to 2. On the next restart, NumLock will be ON. Change the value to 0 to turn it off or to 1 to disable NumLock.

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Numlock Status
by grapeman1965 / October 4, 2012 7:59 AM PDT
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While this will work after I have logged in, the initial logon screen will not accept numlock numbers on the initial logon screen. And on my Lenovo laptop, there is no BIOS numlock setting to change this either.

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The sad part is that most are very confused.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 4, 2012 8:16 AM PDT
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