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Has anybody been able to get the "fn" key on the Apple keyboard to work in Vista? Not a copy running in Boot Camp, but the "real thing". I have tried many tools to remap keys, but I have yet to find one that will detect that key.

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Which f'n key is giving you trouble? Oh, wait, that's not what you meant... – phenry Jul 15 '09 at 19:18
Can you elaborate on "get it to work?" Do the F-keys only work if fn is pressed? Are you trying to get the volume/play/brightness buttons to work? Does fn do nothing? The last two are fairly common with various utils to solve. I've never heard of the fn key not working at all... – Andrew Grant Jul 15 '09 at 19:19
What do you mean by the 'real thing'? Bootcamp is simply a tool allowing you to dual boot, and a set of drivers. The drivers are needed for Windows to function properly. – MJeffryes Jul 15 '09 at 19:36
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As Apple says at the bottom of the Keyboard mapping KB article, you need the Apple Keyboard driver that comes with Bootcamp to get that to work. has a few tips on how to get the driver and on using Apple Keyboard on Windows Vista

  1. Getting the driver
  2. Having a toggle for the FN Key
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I posted this question yesterday and came up with uawks as the best solution to the problem - it works!

Bootcamp isn't so good on a non-mac machine - I've noticed it hangs for 30 seconds or so on bootup (I guess it's looking for hardware that doesn't exist on my pc).

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