Keyboard Locked – How to Unlock Your Locked Computer Keyboard

Have you been using your computer and somehow you managed to lock your keyboard? How do you unlock it you ask yourself? You can try pressing the following keys on your keyboard all at the same time.

ctrl+alt+shift+del

You can also try turning off the “Num Lock” key, by pressing it if it still works. If that does not fix your issue, I assume those keys on that keyboard stopped working. Do any of the keyboard keys work?

Is it a Universal Serial Bus keyboard or Personal System 2 style keyboard? Also, if it’s a non standard keyboard with programmable keys, then perhaps one of those keys accidentally locked it. The bottom line solution is to turn off that computer, disconnect that keyboard, restart your computer and after the reboot, reconnect that keyboard so that an operating system would recognize it as new hardware.

Keyboard Locked – How to Unlock Your Locked Computer Keyboard Video Transcript

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hello this is Erin with ENIAC computers
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from a net computers comm this video
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deals with a keyboard locked how to
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unlock your locked computer keyboard
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that may sound strange but I will
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describe it I file this one under
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computer problems keyboard locked how to
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unlock your locked computer keyboard
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have you been using your computer and
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somehow you managed to lock your
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keyboard how do you unlock it you can
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try pressing some following keys on your
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keyboard
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all at same time basically you’re using
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your computer and your external keyboard
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USB or ps2 style just locks up so they
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it just no longer works so these are
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some tips on how to try to get your
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keyboard unlocked or working again so
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you would hit your ctrl alt shift +
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delete all at the same time you want to
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hold down those keys ctrl alt shift
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delete whatever reason the computer
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quits talking with your keyboard so that
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might be a way to get it out of hypnosis
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or whatever good is going on you can
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also try turning off a num lock key by
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pressing it if it still works perhaps
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you accidentally bumped your num lock
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key and maybe that’s what it is
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so you just hit your num lock key and
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see if it turns off or that’s a quick
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way to see if your from your keyboard
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locked up is by I’m doing it right now
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when it’s on it’s lit up blue I just
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pressed it to turn it off and then I
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press it again to turn on that’s just a
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quick way to see if your keyboard is
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locked up if that doesn’t fix that issue
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I assume those keys on that keyboard
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stop working do any keys work so you can
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try your caps lock that turns on that
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you know normally on most keyboards
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turns on a light or a scroll lock turns
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on a light but none lock for me anyways
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is a quick one I just press on it if it
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was not lit up and I press on it and
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then it lights up again then I know
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keyboards functional another thing to
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know is whether or not is it a USB
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Universal Serial bus keyboard or a ps2
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style keyboard those are older type
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keyboards the usb are just your normal
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USB type connection and then a ps2 style
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keyboard are the round ones they’re
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round with some pins normally those are
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usually purple but not always but
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usually the end of it is purple and then
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a mouse ps2 style Mouse is usually green
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but just look for possibly a purple and
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and it’s the round type small plugs also
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if it is a non-standard keyboard with
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programmable keys then perhaps one of
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these keys accidentally locked it a
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bottom-line solution is to turn off that
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computer so before I get into that part
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it you might have a really fancy
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keyboard that’s quite expensive and it
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might have programmable keys maybe you
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accidentally press those keystrokes or
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bump some keys that it might be one of
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those programmable keyboards that is
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lockable you may be so people can’t use
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your keyboard while you’re you know
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security or whatever it might be that
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fancy so you just press your unlock keys
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to unlock the keyboard that’s a
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possibility
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so a bottom-line solution is to turn off
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that computer disconnect that keyboard
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restart your computer and after boot
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reconnect that keyboard so that an
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operating system will recognize it as
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new Hardware caveat here’s a caveat on a
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USB keyboard what you could try is to
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unplug it and then plug it back in only
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try plugging it into a different USB
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port
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sometimes with computers the a USB port
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will just stop functioning and then you
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just unplug your device but for this
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blog or this YouTube video unplug
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your USB style keyboard and then plug it
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in to a different USB port on your
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computer and then windows will should
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detect it XP Vista 7 8 it will quickly
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load drivers again and hopefully it’ll
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work a ps2 style is a little bit
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different most ps2 style keyboards don’t
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work you can try it some do most of them
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are not hot swappable like USB but you
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could try it you can unplug it from its
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purple connector on your computer plug
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it back in and the lights should show
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should flash just to tilt and let you
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know that it was connected and it’s
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getting some power and then try to see
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if it works
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press your num lock key or just try to
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type on it and see if it works that way
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you don’t have to reboot your computer
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you might have to reboot your computer
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if you do on a USB keyboard I would
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probably just reboot it if your mouse
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still works hopefully your mouse still
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works so that you can reboot your
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computer using your mouse then I
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wouldn’t necessarily say you have to
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switch ports if it’s a USB you could and
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then if it’s a ps2 style I would still
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try to under or reboot it and then
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reconnect it on a ps2 style keyboard
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usually not always but usually your
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keyboard must be plugged in so that the
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computer can detect it USB not
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necessarily but so then a solution would
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be to restart your computer bla bla bla
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bla and then hopefully windows will
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it’ll work properly with Windows there
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just could have been some kind of snafu
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or a reboot was required but I did try
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to include some tips for you where you
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don’t have to reboot your computer maybe
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your mouse doesn’t work either then you
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have to do a cold boot but that’s not
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recommended if
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but if both your mouse and keyboard are
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locked up again what you could try to do
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is unconnect them from the back of your
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computer reconnect them and see if they
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are functioning now if their USB style
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swap USB ports if they are ps2 style
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keyboard and mouse do not swap ports
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they have they are specific the keyboard
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port is usually purple the ps2 mouse
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port is usually green and if you must do
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a cold boot that’s not correct
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recommended but some computers if you
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just key if you press on the power for a
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couple of seconds it’ll automatically
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shut itself down on windows that works
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quite a bit you don’t want to just hold
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the power button because then that will
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do a cold boot that will cut the power
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and that’s no bueno muy mole no good
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that’s not good for Windows operating
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systems but if you press in your power
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button for maybe a second or two you
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should notice that it will kick off and
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it will try to shut down windows
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properly anyways oh and then I guess
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another tip before I run you could you
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if your mouse still works you could go
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into Device Manager on XP Vista 7 or 8
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go into control panel and then however
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you get to which depending on what
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operating system you’re using going to
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control panel then go into device
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manager or you can right-click the
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computer icon on the desktop go to
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properties go to the device the heart
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device manager hardware tab but you want
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to get into device manager look for your
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keyboard it might be missing that could
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be a clue that it’s not working what you
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could do is you could there’s a little
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tool in device manager will it where it
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will search for new devices you could
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click on that and have your condone for
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for new devices or if you unhook
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physically your keyboard either USB or
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ps2 Windows should detect it and try to
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load drivers again
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or it’ll just see it and it’ll start
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working but you could manually go into
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Device Manager if your computer keyboard
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shows up in device manager what you can
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do is right click on it select it
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right-click delete it then click that
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little scan tool that’s in device
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manager then windows will go out and
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look for new devices that were hooked up
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and it might detect your keyboard again
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and that might fix your issue and you
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might be typing away so anyways you can
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always browse to a net computer’s comm
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for more possible potential tips to fix
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your most common computer problems thank
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you for listening

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