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Windows keys (both left & right) suddenly stopped working

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Hello,

What would cause both the left and right Windows keys on my keyboard to suddenly stop working?

Everything was working fine and then suddenly, neither my left nor right Windows keys will work. The only thing I can think of is that I must have inadvertently changed a setting somewhere but I've googled about a bit and not found a solution.

Any ideas?

Thanks
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Sam Simon Nasser earned 2000 total points
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an article says windows keyboard functions DON'T WORK if your keyboard / windows is configured in gaming mode! ... let me check it further for you.

whats your keyboard brand? if applicaple
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by:Sam Simon Nasser
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a website mentions this:
it was in the Keyboard Language settings, mine was on US international (Australia), had a fiddle with it and was fixed by changing it to Australia, with US Keyboard layout, rather than US International.
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by:käµfm³d 👽
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This will be a bit silly, but you might try mashing down the Ctrl, Shift, and Alt keys a few times. I've had keys "mysteriously" stop working when any of these keys have gotten stuck in a depressed position.
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by:Erica Steward
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1. What type of Keyboard is it? If its a smart keyboard and has macros, try disabling them or resetting them to factory defaults. Then disconnect and reconnect.
2. If the above doesn't work. It may just be that your keyboard needs to be replaced or cleaned. If you still have a manufacturers warranty, the replacement should be free.
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by:jcimarron
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Steve_Brady--
Try a System Restore to a time before the problem started.
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by:Steve_Brady
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Thanks for all the helpful suggestions. I'm sure each of them could be the culprit in various situations. In mine this time, here's what fixed it:

>>>samnasser:
"...windows keyboard functions DON'T WORK if your keyboard / windows is configured in gaming mode!"


My keyboard is a Logitech G510 and it does indeed have a small gaming keyboard slider-switch which I obviously but inadvertently bumped. Putting it back in position to take the keyboard out of gaming mode proved an instant fix!

Thanks again
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