User Reports Problems with Keyboard Behavior in Windows 8.1, 10

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This is a first – a user is reporting on the Microsoft community support forums that he is seeing problems with his keyboard behavior in Windows 8.1. Below are more details
odd keyboard behavior windows 8.1
A new problem has appeared for Windows 8.1 users and it is related to the keyboard behavior. The user details that certain keys don’t perform as they should, for example, “if pressed the 1 key the start screen would open. If he pressed the q key it would open notepad”. Now, after the Windows 8.1 update, there seem to be issues with this. He details:

The first thing I looked for was a stuck Windows key but it worked normally. I checked such things as Accessibility options for sticky keys etc. but I couldn’t find anything enabled that would cause this issue. There was nothing running at startup the looked like it might affect the system in such a manner. I uninstalled and reinstalled the keyboard driver.

Then I discovered that if I pressed the shift key it allowed me to type normally. Furthermore, if I pressed capslock and shift together I could type in upper case. I was now able to launch msconfig using Windows search. (I know I could have browsed to the system32 folder and launched it with the mouse.) I rebooted into safe mode and the keyboard worked as normal.  The system responded as expected from the keyboard so I booted back into Windows normally and I could still type normally. It seemed like the problem had gone away all by itself.

Even spookier, I woke my own (self built) Windows 8.1 system from sleep this afternoon and my system behaved in a similar fashion. Except it would not allow me to type even with the shift key pressed. I also rebooted into safe mode and my system seemed to repair itself just like my customer’s laptop. And  I could also type normally again once I rebooted back into normal mode.

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Have you observed a similar problem in Windows 8 or Windows 8.1? And if so, what was the fix or solution that you have tried to apply? I’ve also opened a similar forum thread and am looking to see whether somebody will be able to proved a solution. Leave your comment if you have one, as it will definitely help the community.

Keyboard issues in Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 fixes

There are various keyboard-related issues but fortunately, there is also a fix for any problem. We did notice these issues and wrote many fix guides and articles that will surely help you to get rid of them. Here are some of the most visited fixes:

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When my husband runs a Malware check on my computer, it stops my caps lock from making a sound to let me know when it is off/on. Since I work from home, this is a problem. Nothing seems to fix it. Any suggestions?

Yes, I have this problem and it is extremely annoying. Tried the safe mode trick, not work, tried the shift shift trick not work, sticky keys is off and still screwed….

May end up reinstalling windows completely…easier

When in save mode though keys were still not working which was an annoyance.

What I’ve found is the whole top row of letters cannot be accessed by using shift…

WOW – It now works, what I did was press Caps Lock and L Shift at the same time…

Keyboard back to normal…

I had similar problems for several days. Also had a blue box around text I typed or objects on a page that I clicked. I just happened to notice that I had Windows Narrator settings open. Once I closed it my seemingly abnormal behavior went away.