How to Disable a Laptop Keyboard With Windows 10

And if you can't disable it, what you should do

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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.

How to Disable Laptop Keyboard in Windows 10 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.

  1. Press Windows key+R, enter "gpedit.msc," then select OK.

    A screenshot of Windows 10 run window.
  2. Navigate to Administrative Templates > System > Device Installation > Device Installation Restrictions.

    A screenshot of the local group policy editor in Windows 10 Pro.
  3. Right-click Prevent installation of devices not described by other policy settings, then select Edit.

    A screenshot showing device installation restriction options in Windows 10 group policy editor.
  4. Select Enabled, select Apply, then select OK. Close the Local Group Policy Editor.

    A screenshot showing a group policy edit in Windows 10 Professional.
  5. Press Windows key+X and select Device Manager.

    A screenshot of the quick link menu in Windows 10.
  6. Select Keyboards to expand it.

    A screenshot of the device manager in Windows 10.
  7. Right-click Standard PS/2 Keyboard and select Uninstall device.

    A screenshot showing device options a built-in laptop keyboard on a Windows 10 laptop.
  8. Select Uninstall.

    A screenshot of an uninstall window pop-up in Windows 10.
  9. Select Yes.

    A screenshot of a system settings change alert pop-up in Windows 10.
  10. You're done!

Disable Laptop 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.

  1. Type "device manager" into Window's search. Select Open once the results populate.

    A screenshot of Windows 10 searching for the device manager.
  2. Expand Keyboards, right-click Standard PS/2 Keyboard, and select Update driver.

    A screenshot showing keyboard devices in Windows 10 device manager.
  3. Select Browse my computer for driver software.

    A screenshot of Windows' driver installation options.
  4. Select Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer.

    A screenshot with the option to find a driver manually displayed.
  5. Select Show compatible hardware to uncheck it.

  6. Scroll through and select a manufacturer (different than your standard keyboard), select a model, then select Next.

    A screenshot showing various hardward manufacturers inside Windows' device manager.
  7. Select Yes.

    A screenshot of a driver warning dialog window.
  8. Select Close once the driver is updated.

    A screenshot confirming the installation of a driver in Windows 10.
  9. Select Yes to restart your computer.

    A screenshot of Windows asking to restart.
  10. 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.

    A screenshot showing keyboard driver and device options in Windows device manager.
  11. Choose Search automatically for updated driver software.

    A screenshot of Windows 10 driver installation options.
  12. Select Close.

    A screenshot confirming the successful installation of driver software.
  13. You're done!