I haven’t seen a keyboard without a windows key in years. I have however seen them without the right-click key. Drives me nuts. Especially when someone steals my mouse. And I’m too lazy to go search the building for another mouse that’s not in use.
It really, really sucks for the windows key to not work. It hasn’t worked for awhile, but it wasn’t an issue back when this was the kitchen computer. And it’s not working on multiple keyboards (computer has 2 or 3 keyboard hooked up)
2 or 3 simultaneous keyboards? Or you tried them one after the other? Of course, I could give you the same advice Compaq gave me when my hotkeys stopped working. Reformat your hardrive and reinstall everything. :)
I’ve never not had at least 2 keyboards and at least 2 mice on my main (TV) computer. But there may have been a 3rd one in there. I did of course try unplugging one just in case there was some sort of interference, but really.. There’s just no reason for the windows key not to work.
Ctrl-Esc works… and it’s the same wireless keyboard as before. Very shitty.
Windows tab would let you cycle through your tasks in the order they are on the taskbar. Windows-tab would cause the very first item in your taskbar to be hilighted. So, if you wanted to switch to your very left taskbar task without using a mouse, it would be Windows-Tab, followed by Enter. If you wanted to go to the 2nd taskbar item, it would be Windows-Tab, right-arrow, Enter.
As opposed to Alt-Tab, where going to a certain task may be alt-tab once, 2X, or 3X, and every time you switch to it, it may be a different number of times you hit tab. Windows-Tab is simply quicker if you know where you are going (and it happens to be the left of the taskbar).
Alt-ESC is great too, just makes the front task go to the back. It’s like a non-specific alt-tab.
But anyway, I had that same registry thought too, since a long time ago I had installed IHateThisKey. It’s a program you run to disable the windows key while playing games such as quake.
Thing is, it was no longer installed.
I re-installed it, told it to disable the windows key, then told it to enable the windows key. No go. I un-installed it and again, no go.
But it is indeed possible that something is left in the registry. Argh. Gotta research THAT now?
Nope. Don’t have any of those registry entries either. That’s the 2nd different place (well, it was 2, so really 2nd and 3rd) I’ve looked in the registry to find ‘typical’ windows-key disabling registry keys.
More goofiness: With Girder, I created a new command that would send the left windows key. I then hit ‘learn event’ and hit my left windows key, which gives it a code of 00000000 (very statistically unlikely!).
So, via kludge, I can hit my left windows key, which sends the wrong scancode, and then girder will send an actual left windows key.
This actually doesn’t fix any of my issues other than the start menu. No windows-key combinations can be used. I can’t use windows-m to minimize; it will just go to the first item in my start bar that starts with ‘m’, as if I hit “windows” followed by “m”.
I did indeed find a scancode in the registry and deleted it. Perhaps after rebooting the problem will be fixed? Shyeah.