The built-in keyboard on most laptops is actually just a small touchpad. You can disable it easily by following these steps:
1. Select “Disable mouse keys.”
2. Press OK.
3. Restart your computer.
4. Uncheck the box next to “Enable mouse keys.”
To disable your laptop keyboard, open Device Manager. If there are multiple keyboards listed, select the one that says “Unknown device.” Then, press Uninstall. This removes the keyboard driver from Windows.
You can also see which keyboard is connected via Device Manager. Scroll down to find the keyboard and uncheck the box next to it.
If you want to hide other devices, such as printers, cameras, etc., do the same thing. Just make sure to check the boxes next to those items.
Rightclicking on HID or PS/2 entries in properties location 1 or plugged into the keyboard disables the keyboard momentarily. This is a temporary solution, because when you reboot your computer, it will re-install the driver and enable the laptop keyboard again.
If you want to disable your laptop keyboard permanently, you’ll need to use the registry editor. You can do it without having administrator privileges.
1. Open regedit.exe.
2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\LKDAPIServer\Parameters.
3. Create a DWORD value called DisabledKeyboard. Set its data type to REG_DWORD.
4. Double-click DisabledKeyboard to change its value to 0x00000001.
5. Restart your computer.
6. Go into BIOS settings and make sure “Enable Legacy USB support” is enabled.
The laptop keyboard is one of those things you don’t think about much until something goes wrong. If you’re like me, you’ve probably had to use a friend’s computer while theirs was broken, or maybe even borrowed someone else’s machine. When I do that, I’m always worried about accidentally hitting some key combination that’ll lock up my system. Thankfully, there are ways to prevent that from happening.
You can disable the keyboard by open the command prompt and running these commands:
– Type “regedit” into the command prompt.
– Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanServer\Parameters.
– Name the value DisableKeyboard and set its data type to REG_DWORD.
– Click OK twice.
Tim Wiley was a tech writer for seven years at Recode. In that time, he covered everything from basic browser.js and URL parameters to XHRs, performance, malware, security, enterprise apps, social media, and Windows secrets. He also written about how to hack Signal in 2016 and how to resist, or possibly even conquer, the zero-day threat.