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I just upgraded to Windows 7, and I'm trying to reconfigure everything to my liking. Under Windows XP, I had remapped the Capslock key to behave as a Control key (I spent a long time with Solaris keyboards, and grew to like it).

In XP, I did this as a system-wide setting via the registry:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout]
"Scancode Map"=hex:00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,03,00,00,00,1d,00,3a,00,3a,00,5d,e0 

It is my understanding that Vista and 7 have a better way to do this - Something that works on a per-user basis instead of machine-wide. I recall coming across several pages to that fact when I first looked up how to do it in XP.

However, my google-fu is failing me, and I can't find how to do it. I've searched this site too, and all I've found is thirdparty software recommendations. Is there a native way to do this in Windows 7?

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How to remap or disable Caps Lock Key in Windows 7 or Vista. Lucky for you, I ran across this yesterday.

From that site, here's the regkey to turn Capslock into a Ctrl key:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout]
"Scancode Map"=hex:00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,02,00,00,00,1d,00,3a,00,00,00,00,00 
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  • +1 I was about to add a link to this - wikihow.com/Disable-the-Capslock-Key-in-Windows I couldn't find a neater way to do this either... Sep 13 '11 at 0:53
  • I thought vista/7 introduced a better keymapping mechanism, but this works.
    – Tim
    Sep 13 '11 at 20:16
  • Thanks for a solution. Updating registry solution worked for Windows 8 Pro x64 too. Jan 28 '13 at 17:33

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