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Permanently Disable Windows Virtual Keyboard?

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I need to disable the Windows virtual keyboard on my W7, touch screen PC.  We are using a third party virtual keyboard (touch-it), and the Windows virtual keyboard pops up in the back ground every now and then.

I need a better way of disabling rather than going through the Ease Of Access option – the W virtual keyboard pops up anyway even when disabled via Ease Of Access.

There must be a better way to disable via the registry or another method.
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by:☠ MASQ ☠
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Can't you just delete the Windows version executable (OSK.exe) from the machine?
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by:acmi
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I don’t think its that simple.  When the Windows virtual keyboard it present, I do not see osk.exe running in task manager.  If I rename osk.exe in system32, there are no changes in behavior as well.
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Okay, its taptip.exe and taptip32.exe which control the Windows virtual keyboard.  Kill them in taskmanager and they reappear seconds afterwards.  Once you have taken ownership and renamed, they no longer reappear after being closed via taskmanager.   And no more pesky Windows virtual keyboard – perfect.
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by:☠ MASQ ☠
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OK, try going to Control Panel, switch to view by icons and select "Programs and Features".

In the left panel click on "Turn Windows features on or off"

Find "Tablet PC Components" and uncheck the box.

Click OK

If that's still not working can you see if there's a pattern to when the OSK appears - it may be there's a specific process that's calling it.
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by:☠ MASQ ☠
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Whoops! missed your post.  Wonder if this switches of the same services?

You get the credit for finding your own solution though :)
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by:acmi
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That’s not a bad idea – in regards to turning off Windows features (never looked into that).
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by:acmi
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FYI - Out of curiosity I disabled the tablet PC components and there was no noticeable change.  Would have thought that this would have disabled the touch screen features along with the keyboard - but no change.

So far, all seems will with simply renaming the taptips...
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by:☠ MASQ ☠
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Strange - yes Taptip is the Tablet Panel Input process so it should have been disabled - you did restart after switching it off in Control Panel?
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by:acmi
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was the best solution for my specific issue.
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