I have Windows 8.1 Preview but this applies also to Windows 8 - how can I disable Win+S shortcut (preferably remap it to another shortcut) but keep other Win+X shortcuts?

Reason for that is that I'm used to map another program to Win+S shortcut but this doesn't work in Windows 8 where this shortcut is assigned to system feature (Search charm). So I would like to change shortcut for Search charm to for example Win+A or eventually just disable it. Is it possible?

  • Use AutoHotkey to launch your program when that key combo is pressed. – Karan Jul 1 '13 at 18:15
  • Thanks, it works. I only don't know how to trigger Search charm from AutoHotKey. – Pol Jul 1 '13 at 18:43

If you use Autohotkey, a free scripting utility for Windows, the remapping Win + S to Win + A is as simple as


Or if you simply want to disable Win + S


If you wish to run any program with the hotkey use

Run, C:\Path\to\my\program.exe
  • I don't know why this got downvoted, sounds like a good answer to me. – Taegost Jul 1 '13 at 19:16
  • Not going to downvote, but I'm trying this on Windows 8.1, and it doesn't seem to work. Did you try this on Windows 8.1? I know that it worked on 7... – Cody S Dec 10 '13 at 1:05
  • No I have not. Is it just Autohotkey that is not working, or does it not remap the combination? – peanut_butter Dec 14 '13 at 21:32

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