Enabling NumLock for Logon Screen and Lock Screen in Windows 10: How To

By: Marian Cularea
3 minute read
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If you already got used to the Windows 10 Technical Preview operating system then you also noticed that the NumLock is not enabled by default for the Logon screen and also for the Lock screen. Therefore by following the lines below, you will be able to set the NumLock to enabled by default in Windows 10.
How to enable NumLock for Logon screen and Lock screen (Windows 10)
The tutorial below will describe two methods on how to enable the NumLock for the Logon screen and Lock screen in Windows 10, you will have to keep in mind that for the method that requires a registry tweak in the Windows 10 operating system it will be a good idea to make a backup copy of your important files, folders, and applications.

How to enable NumLock for the Logon screen and Lock screen of Windows 10?

In order to enable NumLock on the logon screen in Windows 10 and customize it, here is what you need to check:

  1. Enable NumLock from your keyboard
  2. Enable it from Registry Editor
  3. Windows 10 Logon screen tips

1. Enable NumLock from your keyboard

  1. Reboot your Windows 10 operating system first.
  2. When the device starts you should have the Logon window in front of you.
  3. Now press the “NumLock” button on the keyboard and make sure the green light on the keyboard that specifies that NumLock is active is turned on.
  4. Now left click or tap on the power button situated in the lower right side of the Logon screen.
  5. Left click or tap on the “Restart” option you have there.
  6. Now after the Windows 10 operating system reboots the NumLock feature should be active by default.

2. Enable it from Registry Editor

  1. Press and hold the “Windows” button and the “R” button.
  2. You should have the “Run” window in front of you.
  3. In the run dialog box write the following: “regedit” without the quotes.
  4. Press the Enter button on the keyboard.
    Note: If you are asked by a user account control window to allow access to the Registry Editor left-click or tap on the “Yes” button to proceed further.
  5. Now the Registry Editor window should be in front of you.
  6. On the left side panel left-click or tap on the “HKEY_USERS” folder to open it.
  7. From within the “HKEY_USERS” folder find and left click or tap to open the “.DEFAULT” folder.
  8. In the “.DEFAULT” folder left-click or tap on the “Control Panel” folder to open it.
  9. In the “Control Panel” folder left-click or tap on the “Keyboard” folder to open it.
  10. On the right side panel search for and double-click to open the “InitialKeyboardIndicators” string.
    Note: If you do not have this specific file please right click on an open space in the right panel and left click or tap on the “New” option to create one with this name.
  11. Under the “value data” field you will need to write there the following: “80000002” without the quotes.
  12. Left click or tap on the “OK” button to save your changes.
  13. Now close the Registry Editor window as well.
  14. Reboot your Windows 10 operating system.
  15. When you get to the Logon screen or Lock window of your Windows 10 check to see if your NumLock is enabled.

3. Windows 10 Logon screen tips

If you are interested in more tricks you can do with the Logon screen then you are in the right place. We will help you with a dedicated guide if you want to change your Logon screen in Windows 10, 8.1.  We also created a step-by-step instruction for all users that want to disable logon screen background image in Windows.

You not only may change the appearance of your logon screen or disable it, but also encounter some issues. Some users encountered issues with LogonUI.exe in Windows 10. Be sure that you follow all the instructions in our fix article so you get rid of this issue.

And you are finished, following one of the two methods posted above will enable your NumLock feature in the Logon screen as well as the Lock screen of your Windows 10 Technical Preview system. Also if you need further assistance or if you stumbled upon any issues along the way in this tutorial please write us in the comments section of the page situated below and me or my colleagues will help you as soon as possible.

READ ALSO: Enable NumLock on Startup in Windows 10 [How to]

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2015 and has been since revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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