Disable Keyboard on a Windows 10 Laptop

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To disable a laptop keyboard in Windows 10, you have first to uninstall it. Next, make a Group Policy edit (Windows 10 Pro/Enterprise), to ensure it doesn't reinstall itself on startup.

If you run Windows 10 Home, there is another workaround that will successfully turn off your laptop's keyboard. It involves intentionally installing the incorrect driver, which renders the keyboard nonfunctional.

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Whichever method you choose, always have a USB keyboard on-hand when messing around with your laptop's built-in keyboard drivers/software.

Disable Laptop Keyboard in Windows 10 By Installing the Wrong Driver Software

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    Enter device manager into Windows Start menu search, select Open when the results populate.
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    Expand the Keyboards section, right-click Standard PS/2 Keyboard, then select Update driver.
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    Select Browse my computer for driver software.
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    Select Let me pick from a list of available driver on my computer.
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    Uncheck Show copatible hardware, then browse through and pick a hardware manuafacturer that's diffrent than your keyboard, then select Next.
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    Select Yes' when the Update Driver Warning appears.
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    Once the driver software is installed, select Close.
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    Select Yes to reboot your computer.
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    Once your PC reboots, your laptop's built-in keyboard will be disabled
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    To enable it again, go to your device manager, then Select Update driver software from the right-click menu.
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    Select Search automatically for updated driver software.
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    Select Close once the driver has been installed.
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Disable Laptop Keyboard in Windows 10 Via Group Policy Editor

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    Press Windows key+R, type gpedit.msc, then press Enter or OK.
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    Once in the Group Policy Editor, navigate to Administrative Templates > System > Device Installation Restrictions.
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    Right-click Prevent installation of devices not described by other policy settings, then select Edit.
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    Select Enabled, then Apply, then slect OK to close the policy setting window.
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    Prevent installation of devices not described by other policy settings is now labled as Enabled.05 Close the Group Policy editor by selecting the X in the upper-right corner.
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    Press Windows key+X, then select Device Manager.
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    Expand Keyboards.
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    Right-click Standard PS/2 Keyboard, then select Uninstall device.
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    Select Uninstall.
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    finally, select Yes to reboot your laptop.
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    When your machine reboots, it won't automatically reinstall the driver software for yout laptop's built-in keyboard.
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