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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?

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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
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    This works when performed on the Terminal Server session, thanks. – Richard Holyoak Feb 15 '13 at 9:16
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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

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