Turn off Windows+X hotkeys

Turn off Windows+X hotkeys. Keyboards with a Windows key provide users with shortcuts to common shell features. For example pressing the keyboard sequence Windows+R opens the Run dialog box; pressing Windows+E starts File Explorer. By using this setting you can disable these Windows+X shortcut keys. If you enable this setting the Windows+X shortcut keys are unavailable. If you disable or do not configure this setting the Windows+X shortcut keys are available.

Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Software -> Microsoft -> Windows -> CurrentVersion -> Policies -> Explorer # NoWinKeys

  2. The Administrative Template path is:

    Windows Components -> File Explorer


* Making mistakes while changing registry values can affect your system adversely. We recommend you to create a System Restore point before making registry manipulation. If you're new to Registry Editor, read this beginner's guide.
** To locate the registry and administrative template path, checkout beginner's guide.
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