Windows 10: help! keyboard doesn't work Solved

  1. Posts : 334
    Windows 10 home 1709 16299.192
       04 Sep 2017 #1

    help! keyboard doesn't work

    HP HP Pavilion Desktop PC 570-pOXX. Windows 10 Home (X64) Version 1703 (build 15063.540)

    using on screen keyboard. worked fine until after lunch [about 5 hours ago]. changed batteries; no luck. disabled all startup progs and cold booted. boot menu offers run cmd prompt and tried it. cmd accepted keyboard. rebooted again [without startups]. still no kb. dev mgr says driver ok.

    [earlier today the dvd drive was unrecognized but i found a registry fix that worked.]

    edit: started in safe mode: no luck. tried system restore. it stalled and never restarted. will try another restore point. tomorrow [tuesday] i'll try out a system recovery usb that i made recently.
    Last edited by tcebob; 04 Sep 2017 at 20:35.
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  2. Posts : 805
    7 and 10 on various machines
       04 Sep 2017 #2

    Hello Bob mate what did you try in safe mode or did it not go into safe mode? the latter sounds ominous. But if you can try
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  3. Posts : 334
    Windows 10 home 1709 16299.192
    Thread Starter
       04 Sep 2017 #3

    ICIT2LOL, thank you for your comments. I am happily typing away with my old keyboard after running system restore from the boot menu. Just why this post is typing in green is a mystery. Oh, Text Color on the menu. Don't know what happened to the system but I am glad I don't have to totally reinstall it. orare pro me.

    Oh, yes, I got into safe mode but still couldn't use the keyboard.
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  4. Posts : 15,249
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       04 Sep 2017 #4

    Try the following steps for the on screen keyboard malfunction:
    1) open administrative command prompt and type or copy and paste:
    2) sfc /scannow
    3) dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth
    4) net user test /add
    5) When these have completed > right click on the top bar or title bar of the administrative command prompt box > left click on edit then select all > right click on the top bar again > left click on edit then copy > paste into the thread
    6) shutdown /r
    7) when the computer reboots sign on with the new user named test
    8) check the performance of the on screen keyboard and report results into the thread
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  5. Posts : 334
    Windows 10 home 1709 16299.192
    Thread Starter
       05 Sep 2017 #5

    zbook, thanks for your input. It wasn't the on-screen keyboard that failed, it was the manual one. Sorry for being unclear about that. I was using the on-screen keyboard to type the original post. I will mark this as solved.
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