Computers & Technology

Windows 10 Keyboard Stops Working? Here’s How I Fixed It!

In this article, we’ll walk you through the steps to fix Windows 10 keyboard stops working issue (or simply, a faulty keyboard) in one or more of the following circumstances:

  • Windows 10 keyboard doesn’t work
  • Windows 10 keyboard fails to function after-
    • Installing new updates through Windows Update utility
    • Upgrading to the newest Windows 10 operating system
  • The keyboard does not work at login (boot) interval
  • The keyboard not typing any text

Important (Before You Proceed)

This guide contains virtually everything you need to do to fix a faulty keyboard. However, some steps may require you to type text which is not possible in this case.

Worry not, there is a tiny tool in Windows that enables you to enter text without even needing a physical keyboard.

Let’s find out!

1.Click Start, followed by Settings.

Settings Icon

2. Click Ease of Access icon.

Ease Of Access

3. Scroll down the left panel to locate Keyboard.

Keyboard Tab

4. Move the Use the On-Screen Keyboard switch to the right.

On Screen Keyboard

That’s it, folks! Now, you have an on-screen keyboard to type text during the diagnostic procedure.

Download Diagnostic

You’re just 3 steps away from automatically fixing this problem….

  1. Download and install Diagnostic
  2. Perform driver update.
  3. Restart your computer.

Estimated Download Time: 10 Seconds

Use Windows Keyboard Troubleshooter

Windows contains a set of inbuilt troubleshooting utilities that can fix several most reported issues in the Windows operating system.

It’s best to run the diagnostic utility first to check if the problem resolves on its own.

1.Click Start.

2. Click the Settings icon.

3. In the Windows Settings dialog box, type Fix Keyboard in the Find a setting text box.

Windows 10 keyboard stops working
Search Box

4. Select Find and fix keyboard problems.

5. At this point, click Advanced and check-up the box labelled Apply repairs automatically.

6. Go ahead and click Next to detect and repair potential issues with the keyboard.

Keyboard Diagnostic

Reinstall And Update Keyboard Driver

And of course, Windows 10 keyboard stops working because of an incomplete, faulty or outdated driver.

This can be fixed by reinstalling or updating the keyboard driver using a tool called Device Manager.

1.Press Windows Key + R simultaneously.

2. Type devmgmt.msc and hit ENTER.

Run Dialog

3. Head to Keyboards category.

4. Right-click your keyboard and choose Uninstall device.

Uninstall Keyboard Driver

5. Give it some time and then restart your PC for the uninstall to finish successfully.

6. Fire up the Device Manager again.

7. Right-click the top node that contains the name of your PC, and select Scan for hardware changes.

Windows 10 keyboard stops working
Detect Keyboard Drivers

8. If the issue persists, right-click your keyboard and select Update driver.

Update Driver

Check Issues With USB Port/ Cable

Do you use a USB keyboard?

If yes, there’s a good chance that your USB port/ cable is dusty or damaged.

Clean them out with a can of compressed air and a piece of cloth.

If the component is damaged, you may want to replace it.

And of course, there’s another thing: Your USB Drivers

Just like we’ve shown you above, try reinstalling and updating your USB drivers under Universal Serial Bus Controllers.

USB Devices

Windows 10 Keyboard Not Working After Update? (Windows Update Scan)

Although this might not be the case with all users, some people reported that their Windows 10 keyboard stopped working after downloading new updates.

Interestingly enough, their keyboard was working well before starting a Windows Update.

Try to uninstall all recent updates that might have triggered this conflict.

The good thing: Windows presents a list of all updates with their installation dates.

1.Click Start, select Settings.

2. Click on the Update & Security icon.

Update & Security Icon

3. Click the blue link named View Update History.

Windows Update Status

4. Click Uninstall Updates.

Update History Page

5. Remove recent updates one by one. (Right click > Uninstall)

Installed Updates

6. Restart your computer after finishing up.

Windows 10 Keyboard Not Working After Windows 10 Upgrade?

If your keyboard has stopped working after upgrading to the Windows 10, undoubtedly it raises concerns over compatibility issues.

It really is just that your keyboard came up with drivers made for an earlier Windows version and they no longer support this newer operating system.

You may want to visit the website of your keyboard’s manufacturer and head to the Drivers & Downloads page to check for a newer driver version.

If you’re lucky enough, download and install it straightaway, and the problem will go away.

If not, you’ll want to download the current available version and install it in the Compatibility Mode.

1.Right-click the downloaded setup file and choose Properties.

Setup File

2. Browse the Compatibility tab.

3. Mark Run this program in compatibility mode checked up, and select your earlier Windows version.

Windows 10 keyboard stops working
Compatibility Settings

4. Hit OK.

Windows 10 Keyboard Not Working At Login (Boot) Interval?

Have you noticed it’s getting slower and slower to boot Windows over a period of time?

This is because as you install new programs, tons of startup entries load during the boot interval.

A question may arise in your mind: “What does this has to do with my Windows 10 keyboard not working?”

Well, to be precise, there may be one or more program entries that are preventing your keyboard from functioning.

I would take this further and say, your computer may actually be infected by a virus or a malware.

Scary, isn‘t it?

Nothing to worry.

Full scan your PC with an Antivirus of your choice with the latest virus definitions.

Antivirus Program

If that doesn’t work, fire up the Task Manager to disable all startup entries altogether. Here’s how:

1.Right-click your Taskbar, select Task Manager.

2. Click More Details.

Task Manager

3. Head to the Startup tab and notice the number of programs running behind without your recognition.

Startup Items

4. Disable all of them one by one. (Right click > Disable)

5. Exit out of the screen and restart your machine. This should hopefully fix Windows 10 keyboard stops working issue.

By Vikas Medhekar

Vikas Medhekar is an Indian Marathi. He has accomplished MBA in Financial Markets and Master of Commerce (Management). As a tech enthusiast, he loves to write blogs on technology and computers during his spare time.

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