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:

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 =

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:


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

Hmm…Code for conversion of CapsLock to Shift is:



Codes explained here:

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 :

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

    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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