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I've install Windows 8 on a BootCamp macbook air The problem is that the command key located differently from the winkey in a normal keyboard, therefor, I keep clicking Winkey+Enter which starts the narrator (which is really annoying!)

Is there a way to disable this shortcut?

Thanks

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@vcsjones does the existed answer doesn't helped you? –  avirk Nov 26 '12 at 15:55
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@avirk The bounty is "One or more of the answers is exemplary and worthy of an additional bounty." I was really happy to find this, so in 24 hours (when I can award the bounty) I'll give it to the accepted answer (which worked well enough for me). Sometimes I find an answer that is really worth more than an upvote. This is one of those times. –  vcsjones Nov 26 '12 at 15:56

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I have not tried it personally but here's what I found.

  1. Navigate to %systemroot%\System32
  2. In this folder a file called Narrator.exe is to be found
  3. Right click the file and choose Properties
  4. Choose the Security tab and press Advanced
  5. In the top of the window press Change to change the Owner permissions
  6. In the text field write your username and press OK to all the dialogs

Now you should be able to change the permissions of the file, this is where we remove all the permissions from your user and the user back to system, this way your user will not be able to start the Narrator.

  1. Right click the Narrator file again and choose Properties and Security
  2. Press Advanced
  3. Now that you are the owner you can change permissions for other users. Choose your own user and press Edit
  4. Remove the Read & Execute and Read permissions and press OK
  5. Now press Change in the top under Owner and write system in the text field
  6. Press OK to all dialogs

Source

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Patchy as hell, but best solution so far. Thanks! –  DiGMi Sep 21 '12 at 10:57
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Disabling narrator.exe can be achieved much simpler by just renaming the file. Also, it will need to be redone every time it is updated by Windows Update. –  harrymc Nov 26 '12 at 16:03
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Indeed patchy as hell but definitely necessary. It utterly defies belief that there's no way of disabling the narrator completely from the regular UI. That I've found so far, at least. –  J. Steen Feb 18 '13 at 10:18
    
You sir have restored my faith in humanity. I will name my first born after you ... Most likely I will forget about this post in 10 minutes but still tyvm I will use this to solve other windows "Features". –  Michael Mantion Mar 6 at 10:35

The easiest way I've found is described here: http://www.dzhang.com/blog/2012/12/19/disabling-win-enter-narrator-hotkey-in-windows-8

You just create a reg key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\Narrator.exe with String value "Debugger" = "%1"

There's also a reg file you can directly merge on the site linked above. This survives windows updates, but can be easily reverted by just deleting the key.

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This should be the right answer IMHO -- doesn't require hacking files. –  GlennG Nov 21 '13 at 11:13
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-1 bad idea. AtBroker.exe starts every time you press the shortcut and keeps on running, sometimes hogging 100% CPU (at least on Win 8.1). Instead, do the same thing for AtBroker.exe. –  Mehrdad May 14 at 7:46

Pressing the Capslock and the Esc keys at the same time brings up a window that allows you to Exit the Narrator.

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I was going crazy until I found your solution :) –  skeept Jan 21 '13 at 21:01
    
Hallelujah! I could not stand the narrator any longer! Thanks. –  Vaccano Mar 24 '13 at 20:59
    
Thank you so much! –  DouglasHeriot Apr 11 '13 at 14:38

You could use AutoHotkey to disable the Win + Enter key combination with the following script :

#Enter:: return

With AutoHotkey you could also map this key combination to any other key combination or action.

If you wish to disable the Win key itself, see this registry hack :
How to disable the keyboard Windows key.

If you wish to disable all Win + ?? key combinations, this registry hack does that:
Disable Win+X Shortcut Keys on Windows 7 or Vista.

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I don't want to disable all the combinations, just the one. And I prefer not to depend on third party software such as AutoHotkey, is there any better solution? –  DiGMi Sep 18 '12 at 15:32
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Not that I know off. AutoHotkey is a magnificent product that can do MUCH more than key-mapping. –  harrymc Sep 18 '12 at 15:57
    
I found AutoHotKey and Windows 8 don't agree. I remapped Win+Enter to CloseWindow, and yet 1 out of 20 times Windows grabs the keystroke before AutoHotKey and lunches the narrator when I intended to close a window. –  Guillaume Marceau Nov 27 '13 at 21:11
    
@GuillaumeMarceau: You might try AutoHotkey_L and EnableUIAccess. –  harrymc Nov 27 '13 at 22:09

I did the following in my Windows 8 PC to enable and disable narrator,

To enable,

Win + enter

To disable,

Win + alt + enter 

It will bring the narrator screen. Click exit on it.

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Win + alt + enter launches Media Center on my machine. –  Louis May 23 '13 at 3:37

I installed a simple little script program that allows you to snap windows to the edges of screens or to other monitors. By default, I think - I've had this program running for a long while on windows, it takes over the same shortcut key. I installed it on my win8 machine and it seems to have done the trick and taken over the same shortcut used by narrator. I realize win8 has good support for snapping windows around, but I like this shortcut to do it because that's what I'm used to and it has the nice side effect of preventing narrator from starting. You can also do more advanced window placement, but I find I just throw things back and forth to other monitors.

In any case, it's worth a try. I just set windowpad to run on startup so it's always active.

lifehacker link to windowpad article

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I don't know if it works on Windows 8 or not but it works on Windows Vista/7 very well. Press the Win+U key which will open the Ease of access center or you can open it through Control Panel as well.

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Now click on the option Use the computer without a display and another window will popup

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And unchecked the option Turn on Narrator and click Apply button to apply this settings. Now when you press the Win+Enter narrator won't be start.

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Nope, That's doesn't work on windows 8. The problem is that those keys actually turns on the Narrator. –  DiGMi Sep 18 '12 at 15:28
    
Sadly, not :( It doesn't mention a thing about how to disable this. –  DiGMi Sep 20 '12 at 15:17
    
Check this Vista registry hack for Win-8. May be it work and let me know if it does. I'll add it in my answer. –  avirk Sep 20 '12 at 15:34

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