Software & Apps Windows 24 24 people found this article helpful How to Disable a Laptop Keyboard With Windows 10 And if you can't disable it, what you should do By Jason Bennett Writer Jay Bennett is a former Lifewire writer and digital marketing consultant with 8 years' experience. His writing has appeared on the VisiHow website. our editorial process Twitter LinkedIn Jason Bennett Updated March 22, 2020 Windows The Ultimate Laptop Buying Guide Tweet Share Email If you ever need to disable your laptop keyboard in Windows 10, you can do so from the device manager. However, additional steps are required to keep it off after a reboot. Windows 10 Home users can also permanently disable the laptop's keyboard by updating the device with a driver from another hardware manufacturer. Before performing any of the steps below, connect a USB keyboard to your laptop, and ensure it functions. Disable Keyboard Using Group Policy Editor Enabling a device installation restriction via Windows' group policy editor is the only way to stop the built-in keyboard from re-installing every time your computer starts up. Windows's local group policy editor is only available to Windows Pro and Windows Enterprise users. Press Windows key+R, enter "gpedit.msc," then select OK. Navigate to Administrative Templates > System > Device Installation > Device Installation Restrictions. Right-click Prevent installation of devices not described by other policy settings, then select Edit. Select Enabled, select Apply, then select OK. Close the Local Group Policy Editor. Press Windows key+X and select Device Manager. Select Keyboards to expand it. Right-click Standard PS/2 Keyboard and select Uninstall device. Select Uninstall. Select Yes. You're done! Disable Keyboard by Updating the Incorrect Driver Although updating a device with an incompatible driver is a little unorthodox, in this instance, it's a viable solution. When you install an incompatible driver for your keyboard, it will cease to function. If the same driver controls your laptop's touchpad and keyboard, you will lose functionality of both. Have a mouse or USB keyboard handy to be safe. Type "device manager" into Window's search. Select Open once the results populate. Expand Keyboards, right-click Standard PS/2 Keyboard, and select Update driver. Select Browse my computer for driver software. Select Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer. Select Show compatible hardware to uncheck it. Scroll through and select a manufacturer (different than your standard keyboard), select a model, then select Next. Select Yes. Select Close once the driver is updated. Select Yes to restart your computer. Once your computer reboots, your built-in keyboard won't function. To re-enable your keyboard again, select Update driver via the Keyboard section in your device manager. Choose Search automatically for updated driver software. Select Close. You're done!