Keep Num Lock On when Windows 7 Starts

Vivek Nayyar July 8, 2011 7

When Windows 7 operating system is installed on any desktop computer, it has default configuration of keeping Num Lock off when the computer boots. This configuration might create a lot of confusion while entering passwords to log on to Windows. The reason behind this is that in most cases users keep complex passwords which contain a combination of any special character, uppercase and lowercase and numeric digits. If, as default nature of Windows 7, Num Lock is off users may keep on pressing the numbers on the num pad not even knowing that numbers are not getting typed. Administrators of these computers can edit the registry and configure Windows 7 machines to have Num Lock on by default when computers start. As an administrator you can do so by following the steps given below:

  1. Logon to Windows 7 computer with administrator account.
  2. In the search box at the bottom of start menu type REGEDIT and press enter key.
  3. On Registry Editor Window expand HKEY_USERS > .DEFAULT > KEYBOARD from the left pane.
  4. From the right pane right click on InitialKeyboardIndicators and from the list click on Modify.
  5. On Edit String box in Value data field replace existing 2147483648 value (which keeps Num Lock off when system starts) with 2value (which keeps Num Lock on when computer starts).

    Keep Num Lock On

  6. Once done, click on Ok button to save the changes and restart the computer.


  1. Brad November 8, 2011 at 2:44 am - Reply

    This does not work.
    Microsoft didnt need to mess with this setting. and there is no fix in sight.

  2. WetLook December 28, 2011 at 9:29 pm - Reply

    You left out a step:
    DEFAULT > Control Panel > Keyboard

  3. WetLook December 28, 2011 at 9:47 pm - Reply

    I forgot to mention this worked for me.
    Win 7 Pro 64 bit OS
    Intel Core i7 2820QM CPU

  4. antonio January 19, 2012 at 6:01 pm - Reply

    This only works to turn on the number lock AFTER log in, Why microsoft disabled it for logon is beyond me.

  5. PG January 30, 2012 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    It worked for me! The directions have been modified since Wetlook’s post.
    Thank you!

  6. adam3707 June 9, 2012 at 2:48 pm - Reply

    This does not work in Windows 8.

  7. rick August 19, 2012 at 9:46 pm - Reply

    thank you vivek and wetlook…
    after struggling with this for over a year, your modified instructions worked for me on my acer aspire notebook.

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