I was using a Windows Remote Desktop Connection to a Windows Server 2008 R2 terminal session on my Windows 7 PC and held the shift key down for more than eight seconds whilst I was thinking about what to type. This activated Filter Keys on the Windows 7 PC. I closed the Filter Keys panel without activating the feature and went back to the RDP session. I then discovered that the keyboard no longer worked in the RDP session. Disconnecting the session and reconnecting had no effect on the problem.

I have Googled and found no solution.

How do I re-enable the keyboard without having to reboot my logged in RDP session?


Using your mouse,

  1. go to the control panel
  2. scroll to make the keyboard easier to use link
  3. uncheck use filter keys
  4. press ok
  • 1
    This works when performed on the Terminal Server session, thanks. Feb 15 '13 at 9:16

What i will suggest is to open the services panel from your workstation to the remote. restart these services:

  • Remote Access Connection Manager
  • Remote Desktop Services

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.