Upon cold boot up or even a restart, the num lock is always disabled in Windows 10. Is there a fix for this?
I found a solution which worked beautifully on Windows 10:
- I first tried to find a Num Lock option in the BIOS, but found none. (ASUS G53SW)
- I then tried to reboot from the login screen with Num Lock on to see if the system would remember it, but it didn't work.
I then tried changing values in the registry:
HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Keyboard --> "InitialKeyboardIndicators"
- Changed from default value `"214783648" to "214783650", which didn't work.
- Changed to "80000002", which didn't work.
- Changed to "2"`, which didn't work.
I reverted it to "214783650", then for some strange reason I thought that maybe Windows tries to activate it, but has trouble communicating with the keyboard controller.
- I went on my manufacturer's support site, downloaded the Intel chipset driver update utility, and the problem was solved.
There is a partial solution that involves setting InitialKeyboardIndicators to 2 in
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Keyboard]. However this only works after complete reboot, not after sleep, lock, hibernate, or fast startup. In that case Numlock ⇩ always turns off regardless of it's previous state.
Most laptops today use a fast startup, which basically hibernate your PC instead of shutting it down. You can disable this feature in your power settings. Then the numlock should be on after startup.
Disabling fast startup:
Please note that disabling fast startup may significantly increase your boot times on a standard HDD.
It will still turn numlock off when PC goes to sleep or lock sate or when you hibernate it manually tough. I'm sure you can find this issue in your localized Windows feedback app, support it so MS may fix it one day.