Changing Values in Numlock register

I want to change the value in the numlock register ao that numlock turns on at start up however when I look at the registery value i see the following number

KKEY_USERS/.DEFAULT/ControlPanel/Keyboard/InitialKeyboardIndicators = 2147483648

I thought this would be 0 what will I affect if I change this to a different value


Thanks Jason



Hi Jasoman,


What Version of Windows are you running on the computer?

Modify the InitialKeyboardIndicators value to 2 (Do not type in any other value), to enable the NUM LOCK key for the logon screen.

Or you can run the fixit available in the link below to automatically accomplish this task.

How do I enable the NUM LOCK key for the logon screen?

(Article holds good for Windows 7)

Ensure that, you backup your registry before attempting anything in the registry

Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

How to back up and restore the registry in Windows

Note: InitialKeyboardIndicators value is set to 2147483648 when the NUM Lock key is always turned on, to get the Num Lock working only when the NUM key is pressed.

Thanks and Regards:

Ajay K                                                                                                       

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Last updated July 18, 2020 Views 22,410 Applies to: