How to Disable a Laptop Keyboard With Windows 10

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

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.

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

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

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

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

    Windows Device Manager
  6. Select Keyboards to expand it.

    Device manager > keyboards
  7. Right-click Standard PS/2 Keyboard and select Uninstall device.

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

    Uninstall device popup
  9. Select Yes to confirm.

    Confirm system restart
  10. 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.

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

    Device Manager > Open
  2. Expand Keyboards, right-click Standard PS/2 Keyboard, and select Update driver.

    Keyboard devices in Windows 10 device manager
  3. Select Browse my computer for driver software.

    Browse my computer for driver software
  4. Select Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer.

    Browse for drivers on my computer
  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.

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

    driver warning dialog window.
  8. Select Close once the driver is updated.

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

    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.

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

    Search automatically for updated driver software
  12. Select Close.

    Close update driver window