Disable the Built-In Laptop Keyboard in Windows

3 Ways to Disable the Built-In Laptop Keyboard in Windows


Laptop makes it a lot easier to carry your workspace anywhere and anytime. Most importantly, it has all the basic accessories needed to operate the device, like a mouse, a keyboard, and even a monitor, built into one device.

We know that in the computer, every side is hardwired; on the other hand, in a laptop, you cannot disconnect or replace the side. In case the keyboard of the laptop stops working either partly or completely, replacing or disconnecting the keyboard cannot be done. In this situation, you have to open the laptop’s hood and then replace the entire built-in keyboard. 

It can be quite a costly process; hence most people with non-functioning laptop keyboards connect an external keyboard to use them. In this situation, many users want to disable the laptop’s built-in keyboard. This will help to avoid unwanted keystrokes on it. 

Processes to Disable the Built-In Laptop Keyboard in Windows

Disabling the built-in laptop keyboard in Windows is very easy, and then you can use the external keyboard with the same laptop. You will find a variety of external keyboards that are available in the market. 

These external keyboards can be connected with Bluetooth connectivity or a USB cable. Thus, to help you out, we have come up with the processes that will help you to disable the built-in laptop keyboard in Windows. 

1. Disable the Laptop Keyboard Driver using Device Manager

On Windows 10, with the latest operating system, it is entirely possible to disable the built-in keyboard on a laptop. It is quite basic that without a keyboard you can’t really use a computer. Thus, it is very important to have an external keyboard connected to the laptop. 

To disable the built-in keyboard on your laptop, you need to know the right steps. Here, we have come up with the steps that will help you to get your desired results.

  • First, you have to open the Device Manager. To do so, there are two different ways –

You can either right-click on the Start menu and then open the Winx menu. After that, click on the Device Manager. 

The other option is to press the Windows+R key. The Run dialog box will appear, and you need to type “devmgmt.msc”. Then, press the Enter key to launch the Device Manager option.

  • After that, in the Device Manager, locate the Keyboard and double-click on the Keyboard section. This will expand the section. 
  • A list will come under the Keyboard section, which includes all the keyboards connected to the computer at the present moment. After that, you need to locate the Listing For The Built-In Laptop Keyboard and finally right-click on it.
  • Click on the Disable option. A dialog box will appear for confirmation, and you have to click on the Yes option. Finally, you will notice that it has disabled the built-in laptop keyboard. 
  • In case the Disable option is not there, then don’t worry; the Uninstall option must be present instead. Just click on the Uninstall option. It will be simply disabling it. 
  • After that, a dialog box will appear that will ask for confirmation. Click on the OK option and then uninstall the drivers for the built-in keyboard.

2. Disable the Service that Controls the PS/2 Port

You can even go for disabling the port that controls the data and input of PS/2. This is because most keyboards are connected through the ports. You simply have to disable the power from the port. 

As there won’t be anything that can control the data after you disable the service of the ports. We have mentioned the steps that will help you to do so.

  • First, you have to click on the search bar and the search “Command Prompt” option. Then, click on the Run As Administrator.
  • After that, type the command – sc config i8042prt start= disabled
  • Now, restart the system. You will notice that the laptop keyboard is not working.
  • In case you want to re-enable the keyboard, then you can use the command – sc config i8042prt start= auto

Temporary Solution 

In case you want to temporarily disable the laptop keyboard from windows, then follow the steps that are given below”:

  • First, you need to open the Device Manager and to do so, you need to press the           Windows+R key. The Run dialog box will appear, and in the blank space type “devmgmt.msc”. After that, press the Enter key to launch the Device Manager option.
  • Now, expand the Keyboard option by clicking on it. Then, right-click on the HID and PS/2 Keyboard.
  • Uninstall the device from the Context menu, followed by clicking on the Yes option for confirmation. 
  • Thus, you have disabled the laptop’s keyboard successfully, though it is a temporary solution. In case you want a permanent fixture, then follow the above-mentioned one. 

3. Use the Group Policy Editor

In case you can’t disable the laptop keyboard, use the Local Group Policy Editor to turn on the device installation restriction. This will stop the keyboard from reinstalling every time you turn on the computer. 

First, make sure to identify the keyboard’s hardware ID, so that you are only dealing with that single device. You can even prevent Windows from installing the identity that matches the ID. The steps that will help you out are given below:

  • First, you have to select Windows+X and then go to the Device Manager.
  • After that, click on the keyboard to expand it and then right-click on the standard PS/2 keyboard. Next, choose the Properties option.
  • Then, go to the Details tab and change the Properties from the listed option of Hardware IDs. 
  • Now, press the Windows+R and open the Run dialog box, and in the given space, type “gpedit.msc”, along with that, press Enter.
  • Go to the Administrative templates followed by the System, then Device Installation, and finally Device Installation Restriction. You will find all the options under computer configuration.
  • You need to right-click on Prevent Installation of Devices that Match any of these Device Instance IDs and then select the Edit option. 
  • After that, from the upper left portion, select the Enabled option followed by the Show option. 
  • Go back to the Device Manager and right-click on the first entry list, then select the Copy option.

Lastly, double click on the space undervalue and paste the copied ID, then the configuration will come and choose OK. Restart the system, and you will notice that you have disabled the laptop keyboard. 

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All the methods are given along the steps; this will help you out. You just have to follow them, and you will get the desired results. But, in case of critical error, you must take help from professionals who have been in this field for years. So, ask for a service request at Urban Clap and grab the best laptop repairing deals.

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