Today we will discuss how you can disable the laptop keyboard. Sometimes you might want to use an external keyboard instead of a built-in keyboard. The reason can be some damaged key or more features from the external keyboard. It can be anything, but many users don’t want to use an external keyboard while the laptop keyboard is on.
However, most of the users face challenges to disable their built-in keyboard. So, we are going to explain all the possible ways to disable the laptop keyboard. So, let’s start.
How to Disable the Laptop Keyboard on Windows 10
Here in this section, we will discuss two methods to disable the laptop keyboard. The methods to disable the laptop keyboard are as follows:
1. Disable the Laptop Keyboard from Device Manager
Here’s how you can disable your laptop keyboard using “Device Manager”
Step 1: Press the Windows key and X together on your keyboard to open a context menu. In that context menu, you will get “Device Manager”. Select that option.
Step 2: In the “Device Manager Window”, expand the option Keyboards. Under this menu, you will find your keyboard driver’s name. Right-click on and then click on “Uninstall Device”.
Step 3: Now you have successfully disabled your laptop keyboard. But you have to remember something. The keyboards will be disabled until you restart your laptop. When you reboot your device, it will install the keyboard automatically.
So, this is not a permanent solution. Every time you restart the device, it will reinstall its keyboard driver automatically. To disable the laptop keyboard permanently, you have to disable the auto driver reinstall feature. However, we will not recommend this as it may disturb your laptop in the long run.
How to Disable the Auto Driver Reinstall Feature in Windows 10?
Follow these steps to disable the auto driver reinstall feature in Windows 10.
Step 1: Press Windows key + R key together to open Run.
Step 2: Now, write sysdm.cpl in it and click OK.
Step 3: Go to “Hardware” tab and select “Device installation settings”.
Step 4: Choose the option “No” and click on “Save Changes”.
Now you can disable the laptop keyboard permanently. We are going to describe the next method in detail.
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2. Disable the Laptop Keyboard Using gpedit
Before we go through the process, let us explain some things. If you disable the laptop keyboard permanently, you need an external keyboard device. Also, modification of group policies is not completely safe.
Disable Particular Policy
Step 1: Press Windows key+R to access the Run window.
Step 2: In the Run window, type “gpedit.msc“. Click on “OK“.
Step 3: When you follow the above-mentioned steps, the local group policy editor opens up on your pc. Just navigate to this location Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Device Installation > Device Installation Restrictions
Step 4: On right-hand side, look out for the option “Prevent installation of devices not described by other policy settings“. Right-click on it and click on “Edit” to modify the policy settings.
Step 5: A window will open, choose the option “Enabled“. Then click on “Apply“. Once you complete the process, select the option “OK“.
Now you have successfully disabled the installation policy. We are ready to uninstall the laptop keyboard driver. Let’s check the last steps to disable the laptop keyboard.
Uninstall your Laptop Keyboard Driver
Step 1: At first you need to right-click on the Windows icon on the bottom-left corner. Then, click on the option “Device Manager”.
Step 2: After that, click on the “Keyword” section. Here, you will get two keyboard drivers. Look for “laptop keyboard” driver or “Standard PS/2 Keyboard”.
Step 3: Right-click on the laptop keyboard driver and click on “Uninstall”. A warning message will come with a window. Select the option “Uninstall” in that. Then close the device manager window and restart your computer. You will notice that your keyboard is not getting enabled.