How To Disable Built-in Keyboard?

When your built-in keyboard is not working anymore, sometimes you just need to let it go. To do this, there are two different ways.

Temporarily via the Device Manager

Well, it’s a one really simple process indeed. Here’s what to do and how.

  1. First, get into the “Device Manager”. For this, either press these two keys together i.e. Windows + X key, and from the popped-up list, choose “Device manager”, or simply search it in your laptop’s search box.
  2. Over there, seek out the “Keyboards” section and double-click on it.
  3. You`ll see different options in the drop-down list. Look for “Standard PS/2 Keyboard”, therein and right-click on it.
  4. From the popped up menu, click on “Uninstall device”.
  5. You’d be asked to confirm it. Click on “Uninstall” there again.

Your keyboard is disabled now, but keep in mind that it’s just temporary and when your device will get a reboot, it will automatically search for the driver again, will install it, and the keyboard will automatically start working.

Permanently via the Group Policy Editor

If you are a “Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise” user, you can straight away use this method to restrict your system from reinstalling the driver on its own. But do keep in mind that, prior to applying these changes, must create a system restore point to avoid any possible system impairments in the future.

Well, let’s now check out how it works.

  1. Type “gpedit.msc” into your system’s search box. Or simultaneously press the Windows + R keys and enter the command into the Run dialog box.
  2. Group Policy Editor will open up.
  3. On the left side, you will see different options under the “Computer Configurations”.
  4. Navigate down to the “Administrative Templates”, then to the “System” and finally to the “Device Installation” tab.
  5. Upon clicking it, you will see “Device Installation restriction” there as a dropdown.
  6. Click it, check the right side of the screen, seek out “Prevent installation of devices not described by other policy settings”, and double click on it.
  7. Check “Enabled” in the newly popped up windows, “Apply” it, and finally click the “Ok” button.

It’s done! You have now restricted the automatic driver reinstall feature. So now, just do what we did in Method 1 i.e. Go to the “Device Manager” again, and follow each step, as it was, to uninstall the keyboard driver. Since the auto reinstall is off now, your system won’t do any reinstalls even after rebooting too, making it sort of a permanent change.

If You Are A Windows 10 Home User, the “Group Policy Editor” won’t work if you are on Windows 10 Home. So in order to do restrict the auto driver reinstall here, consider this way.

  1. Type and enter “sysdm.cpl” in the search box.
  2. Select and open the “Hardware” tab.
  3. You’ll se “Device Installation Settings” below there, click on it.
  4. Check “No” in the appearing box and “Save Changes”.

You are done.


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