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Remote RDP user messing up Num Locks on remote Windows 2008 R2 Server

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We have a remote user who comes in through a regular RDP session but when ever he does the num locks are always messed up. When he logs in, it is always off, when he logs in and when he logs out and logs back in, it is off again. Any ideas? Thanks for the help and attention, it is driving our CEO crazy.
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Leon Fester earned 30 total points
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There is a known issue with numlock getting out of sync on RDP sessions to Windows 2008 servers.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/958503

The values supported by [HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Control Panel \ Keyboard]
 InitialKeyboardIndicators  are as follows:

 "0" - All Keys off
 "1" - Caps Lock on
 "2" - Num Lock on
 "4" - Scroll Lock on

 For multiple keys, add their values:
 "3" - Caps Lock and Num Lock on
 "5" - Caps Lock and Scroll Lock on
 "6" - Num Lock and Scroll Lock on
 "7" - Caps Lock, Num Lock, and Scroll Lock on

The default value in Windows 2008 is "2147483648"
This tells the OS to honour the settings from the BIOS.
So if your BIOS is set for NUMLOCK Off then that is what your users will get whenever they logon to the server...irrespective of how their last sessions was configured.

Apparently you need to set the value in HEX so to enable numlock  with option "2" you need to entered as "80000002"
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I will try your solution this afternoon and post the result. Right now I have it entered as just "2" for the value of this key.
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