Windows 8 logon screen: Password field loses focus while typing

It happens very frequently to me that the password textfield loses focus when I type the password in the logon screen to Windows. This is very annoying. I don't know how to report this problem to Microsoft, so I report it here. 
 

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Last updated December 17, 2019 Views 1,639 Applies to:

Hi Arni,


I understand that you are facing issues while typing password in the login screen to Windows.

 

1. Is the issue confined when typing password in logon screen?

2. What happens when you tried to type the password in the password box?

3. Do you get any error message?

4. Have you made any recent changes to the computer?

I suggest to refer to the steps and check if ti helps.

 

Method 1:


I suggest you to use the on screen keyboard and check if it helps.

 

1. Click on “ease of access” icon on the left bottom corner of the screen.
2. Check the option “Type without keyboard”.
3. Click OK.

Now try to logon use the onscreen keyboard and check if it helps. If the issue persists, I suggest you to place the computer in safe mode and check if it helps.

 

Method 2:

 

Step 1:

 

I suggest you to place the computer in safe mode and check if it helps. Safe mode starts Windows with a minimal set of drivers and services. If a problem doesn't reappear when you start in safe mode, you can eliminate the default settings and basic device drivers and services as possible causes.

Windows Startup Settings (including safe mode)

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/windows-startup-settings-including-safe-mode

Check if you face the same issue in safe mode. If the issue doesn’t persists in safe mode, the place the computer in clean boot and check.

Step 2: Perform Clean Boot.

To help troubleshoot error messages and other issues, you can start Windows 8 by using a minimal set of drivers and startup programs. This kind of startup is known as a "clean boot." A clean boot helps eliminate software conflicts.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929135

Important: Reset the computer to start as usual.

Note: After you have finished troubleshooting, follow these steps to boot to normal startup.

a) Press the ‘Windows + R’ key on the keyboard.
b) In the ‘Run’ windows type ’MSCONFIG’ and click ‘Ok’.
c) On the ‘General’ tab, click the ‘Normal Startup’ option, and then click ‘OK’.
d) When you are prompted to restart the computer, click ‘Restart’.


Hope this helps, if you have any queries to Windows, please feel free to post. We will be happy to help you.

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Thanks for the reply.

This is only a problem in the Windows 8 login screen. I typically click the password textfield and start typing. Suddenly the screen seems to refresh and the textfield has lost the keyboard focus, and the textfield only has part of my password. I associate this with Window doing some background processing which seems to cause the screen to "refresh". I need to start typing the password all over. This is not a major problem, but I  think this is a fundamental and annoying problem  and should be fixed as soon as possible. 


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When this happens to me, I mash down on the cluster of keys (ctrl win, alt) on both sides of the keyboard and then do it again and it seems to work ok.  It's like there is a stuck key on the keyboard.  It hasn't always done this.  btw I have tried 3 different Dell keyboards on my MSI based computer.

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This never happened to me in Windows 7 with the same computer.

I have other problems in the login screens of Windows 8. Often the buttons do not work with the mouse. I click them and nothing happens. In that case I need to use the keyboard to select user (enter) or go back (escape key). When I want to shut down the machine from the login screen, clicking the shut down button does not work. 

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Hi,

 

Thank you for keeping us posted.

 

Try creating new user account and check with the issue.

 

a) Press Windows key + W to search Settings.

b) Type “Users” without quotes and press enter.

c) To create new user account click on the plus sign (+) ‘Add a User’.

d) Select ‘Don’t want this user to sign in with Microsoft account?’

e) Click on Local account button.

f) Enter the User name and click on next button and click on ‘Finish’.

g) Restart the computer and check if you get the logon screen.

 

You may also refer to the article and check.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/947215

 

Note: This article for Windows 7, but it still works on Windows 8.

 

 

Hope this information helps.

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You are not alone, Yes, this occurs to several users and systems (almost all). It seems to be an error with windows login screen and nothing to do with user account or computer. When the login window (modal window) having only a text box in it and if it loses focus that too when user started typing in it sure shows it is a careless bug.
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Yeah, I have this same exact problem. If I don't type in the password immediately it doesn't do it. I think it has to do with all the unnecessary **** they've put on the unlock screen. I type very fast and it's a royal PITA to get 3/4 the way through my password only to have it reset.

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This might be part of the problem but the fix only seems to work with win8 pro. http://blog.laptopmag.com/how-to-eliminate-the-win8-lock-screen I happen to not have this... It would be nice if Microsoft gave it a moments thought before **** all of it's keyboard users.

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Regarding my previous comment, it does not work. I found a different method of disabling the lockscreen here http://www.howtogeek.com/134620/how-to-disable-the-lock-screen-on-windows-8-without-using-group-policy/ and it still has the problem of losing focus while inputting password.

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