Enable NumLock on startup in Windows 10 [HOW TO]


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Enable NumLock on startup

If your Microsoft Account password contains numbers, you might want to use a numeric part of your keyboard while you’re typing your password on login.

But, since NumLock isn’t enabled by default when you start your computer, you won’t be able to use it. And in this article, I’m going to show you how to easily change that.

How can I enable NumLock on startup?

1. Enable NumLock and restart the computer

Here’s how to enable NumLock on your Lock screen without any Registry hacks:

  1. While on Lock Screen, press NumLock key on your keyboard to enable it
  2. Reboot the system from the power button on the Lock Screen

When you turn on your system once again the NumLock should be enabled.

But if this for some reason doesn’t work for you, or you find it boring to restart your computer every time you need to enter a password, you can try with the registry hack listed below.


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2. Enable NumLock with a Registry tweak

To permanently enable NumLock on Lock Screen perform the following registry hack:

  1. Go to Search, type regedit and open Registry Editor
  2. Navigate to the following path:
  • HKEY_USERS.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Keyboard
  1. Find the string value named InitialKeyboardIndicators and set its value to 80000002enable numlock in windows 10 wind8apps
  2. Click OK and close the Registry Editor

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3. Disable Fast Startup

If the two methods listed above didn’t help you, this means that you also need to turn off Fast Startup. The reason for this is that the Fast Startup settings may override your recent changes.

Here are the steps to follow in order to disable Fast Startup:

  1. Go to Start > Control Panel > Power Options
  2. Click on ‘Choose what the power button doeschoose what power button does
  3. Select the option ‘Change settings that are currently unavailable
  4. Uncheck the ‘Turn on Fast Startup‘ check box.

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That’s all, after using these simple methods, the NumLock of your keyboard will be enabled by default every time you start your machine.

I have to mention that this tweak also works in previous versions of Windows, like Windows 7 or Windows 8. But, if you’re performing this tweak in Windows 7, set the value of InitialKeyboardIndicators to 2, instead of 80000002 (For Windows 8, it’s 80000002, as well).

If you have any other Windows 10-related issues you can check for the solution in our Windows 10 Fix section.

For more suggestions or questions, reach for the comments section below and we’ll surely take a look

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

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