Here’s how to fix a corrupted keyboard driver in Windows 10

Elsie Otachi By: Elsie Otachi
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How can I fix corrupted keyboard drivers?

  1. Examine your keyboard to ensure it isn’t damaged physically.
  2. Check the keyboard connection.
  3. Check installation of Windows driver
  4. Reinstall keyboard driver
  5. Use proprietary software
  6. Use Device Manager to update existing drivers
  7. Use a command prompt
  8. Hardware and devices troubleshooter
  9. Install keyboard drivers in compatibility mode

A corrupted keyboard driver can make your keyboard inoperable, which leaves you having to struggle using mouse-only operations.

Windows, however, offers a few quick solutions you can use through the Device manager, but you need to verify a few things first about your keyboard.

To resolve the corrupted keyboard driver issue, below are a few preliminary checks and quick fixes, as well as solutions that you can use going forward.

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1. Examine your keyboard to ensure it isn’t damaged physically

Keyboard drivers (and other drivers generally) can cause issues, and sometimes the simplest of things can cause such malfunctions. If for example, liquid spilled into the keyboard, you may have to replace it altogether. Another thing to examine is the cord of your keyboard to ensure no wires have been exposed. If yours is a wireless keyboard, change the batteries to see if the corrupted keyboard driver issue disappears.

2. Check the keyboard connection

Before you resolve to find solutions for the corrupted keyboard driver, check that your keyboard is connected properly. If not, the driver probably didn’t load. Follow the keyboard cable and ensure it is connected to the correct port. USB keyboards have to be connected to USB ports on your PC, while round PS/2 port keyboard should be connected to their corresponding port labeled with a keyboard icon or picture. For wireless keyboards, check manufacturer instructions on how to connect them.

3. Check installation of Windows driver

There is a standard Windows keyboard driver that comes packaged with Windows operating system, so there’s no need for installation CDs or more downloads. For the best driver installation for your keyboard, uninstall the previous or original driver and let Windows reinstall it once you restart your computer. You can do this through Device Manager using mouse-only navigation.

4. Reinstall keyboard driver

  • Right click Start
  • Select Device Manager
  • Expand Keyboards category
  • Right click the keyboard you want to repair
  • Select Uninstall
  • Click Start
  • Select Restart on the power button icon
  • Let the computer restart after which Windows will reinstall the keyboard driver

If you want to keep your PC safe, you need to use third-party programs to update your ol’ system drivers. Downloading and installing the wrong system drivers will cause permanent damage to your system, so we suggest you to try a third-party tool. We strongly recommend TweakBit’s Driver Updater (approved by Microsoft and Norton) to automatically download all the outdated drivers on your PC.

5. Use proprietary software

There are keyboards that require proprietary drivers that are Windows based so as to access any advanced keyboard features like hot keys and media controls. These drivers come with the CD that accompanied your keyboard, but you can also get them from the brand manufacturer’s official website. Once the driver installation program is in place, run the program based on the given instructions from the manufacturer’s website.

6. Use Device Manager to update existing drivers

Often times, the keyboard driver, if incorrect or outdated, can be corrupted. You can update it to the next version and see if it resolves the issue.

  • Right click Start
  • Select Device Manager

  • Expand Keyboards category

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  • Right click the keyboard you want to repair
  • Select Update driver software and follow the prompts

 

  • A new window will appear asking “How do you want to search for driver software?”
  • Select “Search automatically for updated driver software” – Windows will search online for an update to your keyboard. If one is available it will apply the update to your keyboard

  • Reboot to complete the change.

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7. Use a Command Prompt

  • Open the on-screen keyboard so as to type some commands below
  • Click Start
  • Using the on-screen keyboard, type This PC and wait for it to appear in the list
  • Right click This PC

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  • Select Properties
  • In the System window, click Device Manager link
  • Find Keyboards and click to expand the list
  • Find Standard PS/2 keyboard – it may have an exclamation point next to it which indicates an error.
  • Double left click Standard PS/2 keyboard

  • A window with the title Standard PS/2 keyboard properties will display
  • Under General tab, it will show ‘there’s a problem with the keyboard’. Normal functioning shows ‘the device is working properly’.
  • Delete the keyboard device
  • Re-detect it in the Device Manager
  • Click Keyboards category to expand the list
  • Left click Standard PS/2 Keyboard to highlight it
  • Press DEL on your keyboard to delete it. Windows will warn you that “You are about to remove the device from the system”
  • Click OK. If it asks whether you want to remove the driver, click Yes.
  • Go to Device Manager window, at the top
  • Click Action
  • Select Scan for hardware changes
  • Your keyboard will re-detect itself. Try and update it using Device Manager
  • Right click Start
  • Select Device Manager
  • Expand Keyboards category
  • Right click the keyboard you want to repair
  • Select Update driver software and follow the prompts
  • A new window will appear asking “How do you want to search for driver software?”
  • Select “Search automatically for updated driver software” – Windows will search online for an update to your keyboard. If one is available it will apply the update to your keyboard
  • Reboot to complete the change.
  • If Windows reports that “The best driver software for your device is already installed”, go to the next step.
  • Open an administrative command prompt by typing CMD in the search bar
  • Right click Command Prompt and select “Run as Administrator”.
  • Use your mouse to highlight the text below:rem value was previous set to 3
    reg add “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesi8042prt” /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
    echo this is a dummy line
  • Right click over top of the above highlighted text
  • Select “Copy” from the dialogue menu.
  • Right click in the middle of the command prompt window
  • Select Paste
  • The text you copied should output to the command line.
  • Restart your computer to force the keyboard to detect itself again
  • Check if the keyboard now works

If the keyboard isn’t working, a simple registry edit can resolve the issue. To do this:

  • Right click Start
  • Select Run
  • Type regedit and press enter

There is insufficient disk space to complete operation

  • Click Edit
  • Click Find
  • Type kbdclass and press enter
  • Find any key that has a name UpperFilters and Data of
  • If you find the key, double click on it
  • Eidt the text to include only kbdclass and press OK
  • Continue searching till you find and edit all UpperFilters keys. All of these should have a data file that includes only kbdclass
  • Close Registry Editor
  • Right click Start
  • Select Device Manager
  • Click Keyboards to expand the list
  • Find your keyboard and uninstall it
  • Restart your computer and see if after this your keyboard works

If none of these solutions work, your keyboard is probably damaged so you can replace it.

8. Hardware and devices troubleshooter

This is a built-in tool to detect and fix most incorrect settings and errors that cause issues with hardware. To do this:

  • Open control panel
  • Click Troubleshooting

  • Select View all

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  • Click Hardware and devices troubleshooter and follow the prompts

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9. Install keyboard drivers in compatibility mode

  • Right click on the setup file of the driver
  • Select
  • Select Compatibility Tab.
  • Check the box next to Run this program in Compatibility mode
  • Select the operating system accordingly from the drop down list
  • Let the driver to install and check the functionality.

Were any of these solutions helpful? Let us know in the comments section below.

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