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I'd like to be able to stop the Windows Key from activating the Start Menu on Windows 7. I don't want to disable the Windows Key completely. I'd like Ctrl + Esc to still open the Start Menu.

I know that you can use AutoHotKey to disable the Windows Key completely.

The reason I want this functionality is that I have a lot of shortcut keys linked to the Windows key and this often results in accidentally opening the start menu.

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up vote 6 down vote accepted

Sorry folks. I should have searched longer before posting the question.

Here is the solution:

Use the following code in AutoHotKey:

~LWin Up:: return
~RWin Up:: return
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Thanks! Worked a charm in my Fusion XP guest, too. It had been driving me crazy that <CMD>-<TAB>'ing out of Fusion opened the Start Menu. – Marc Bejarano Sep 11 '14 at 21:07

I believe you can only unregister a global hotkey if you're the application that registered it, and since explorer.exe registers the global hotkey, you probably would need a modified version of that, which I think would be impossible to find.

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