Windows 10: setting NumLock ON at startup in Windows 10
setting NumLock ON at startup in Windows 10
This is a follow-up. I found the post which shows how to put an entry in the registry to turn on NumLock at startup on my new Windows 10 laptop, as for some reason, after the last downloaded update, it didn't work when trying to enter my PIN. I followed instructions for making the changes, restarted my laptop, and it worked fine... ONLY ONCE! The next time I shut down/restarted, the number pad didn't work. I had to use the numbers on the top row of the keyboard to enter my PIN at login. SOOO, I reinstalled the registry fix. Still doesn't work at the point where I enter my PIN, the number pad won't function until several minutes after I have gotten logged in. Any ideas?
Unfortunately, updates will sometimes reset stuff back to default. When this happens, you can only just reapply your customizations again. I like to merge all my customizations into one .reg file to make reapplying easier in situations like this.
Num Lock - Enable or Disable on Sign-in Screen in Windows 10
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Have a look in the BIOS, there is usually an option to enable numlock on boot up in there.
Problem is that Windows 10 defaults to Numlock off and will keep it there regardless of what the BIOS setting is most of the time, hence the need for the regedit Shawn linked to.
My workaround is old school. Since I have Lock screens on my systems I just hit the NumLock key to get to the login screen and NumLock remains on.
That's exactly what I do. You have to hit a key on the KB anyway to bring up the login window, may as well be Num Lock. Just consider it the first key of your PIN .
Phone Man said:
The thing is, I found this method through 10 Forums, and it's not working right. I know the NumLock key will take me to login screen, usually hit enter then hit the 4 digit code on the number pad to login. Was hitting "Enter" on the laptop since I got it, then entering the passcode on the number pad, but a few days ago, that stopped working, and I had to hit NumLock. Must be due to a recent update.
Phone Man said:
Until a few days ago, the NumLock was automatically on. Hate it when updates change things w/o letting you know.
Please see my post above for why.
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Just the opposite for me? If I don't change that BIOS setting to off, my numlock is always on when I boot into Windows? I prefer it to be off. I haven't checked it lately, usually only ever have to go change it after a BIOS flash or BIOS reset to defaults. Maybe Windows 10 ignores it now? Some previous versions of Windows didn't.
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