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WinXP Tips

Turn On NUMLOCK at Logon by rjkrash
Posted: 21 Dec 01

Because of XP's multi-user functionality, NumLock does not toggle on by default (system-wide), even if you have it set in your PC's BIOS.

Here is a hack the Windows Registry to change this behavior.

Standard Warnings About Careful Registy Hacking Apply!

To enable NumLock through the Registry:

1. Open Windows Registry Editor - START > RUN, type in "REGEDIT" (w/o the quotes).
2. Navigate to HKEY_USERS\.Default\Control Panel\Keyboard.
3. Change the value for InitialKeyboardIndicators from 0 to 2.

Or, if you have more than one user on your system and one or more don't want NumLock on, run a script at logon to turn NumLock on, This allows you to only attach the script to specific users.  To enable NumLock using a script, see this MS Knowledgebase article for complete instructions:


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