CAPS LOCK disable on Windows without admin rights

Lots of sites tell you how to disable/remap CapsLock. But what if you don’t have administrator rights? Most of them tell you to pry off the key. Well, instead, I went to:

https://dropline.net/2009/05/mapping-caps-lock-to-control-without-admin-access/

Here is an extract, which I put here just in case the original site vanishes, as sites sometimes do:

There’s a duplicate of the keyboard mapping registry key under HKEY_CURRENT_USER, which non-administrators can modify, and it appears to behave exactly like the key under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.  So, for anyone in a similar position, here’s the registry key to modify:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER→Keyboard Layout→Scancode Map =
hex:00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,02,00,00,00,1d,00,3a,00,00,00,00,00

You can download a registry update file here.  Save it to your computer, double-click it to update your registry, then reboot and enjoy your vastly-improved keyboard.

Here is a screengrab of the .reg file:

capslock

Worked a treat on Windows 7, but it did not work on Windows 10.

Hmm…Code for conversion of CapsLock to Shift is:

00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,02,00,00,00,2a,00,3a,00,00,00,00,00

(http://johnhaller.com/useful-stuff/disable-caps-lock)

Codes explained here:

https://www.experts-exchange.com/articles/2155/Keyboard-Remapping-CAPSLOCK-to-Ctrl-and-Beyond.html

But why it does not work in Windows 10 I don’t know. I did try it on a work desktop machine (that’s why I don’t have admin rights, ‘cos it’s a work machine); changing the code in “Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout” does work on Windows 10, but changing the code in
“Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Keyboard Layout” does not. Perhaps it is a security issue? Key remapping might be able to be used to screw up a machine. I dunno.

Right now I don’t care enough to find out, but I’ll probably not look into it at some point in the future.

 

So there.

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About Darren

I'm a scientist by training, based in Australia.

2 responses to “CAPS LOCK disable on Windows without admin rights”

  1. jc says :

    Hello,
    In case anyone’s not finding success with this method, I would like to bring attention to this nifty tool:

    github.com/susam/uncap#uncap

    By default, it remaps the caps lock to escape. However, with additional steps it will remap caps lock to any other key. This program will run WITHOUT admin access. Thanks.

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