Configure the keyboard mapping using scancode map

It is possible to change the behavior of the different keys on the keyboard by changing the scancode map. This can be used to disable the Windows-key so one is not thrown out of your favorite game, when by accident have pressed the wrong key.

The change the scancode map, so the Windows-key is disabled add/update this binary value:

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[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout]
"Scancode Map"=hex:00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,03,00,00,00,00,00,5b,e0,00,00,5c,e0,\
00,00,00,00

For those who wants to know the meaning of the above values here goes:

00,00,00,00Header: Version. Set to all zeroes.
00,00,00,00Header: Flags. Set to all zeroes.
03,00,00,003 entries in the map (including null entry).
00,00,5b,e0Left Windows Key (0xe05b) -> Disable (0x00).
00,00,5c,e0Right Windows Key (0xe05c) -> Disable (0x00).
00,00,00,00Null entry.

To also disable the Shutdown key, one would extend the Scancode Map, so it has 4 entries where the fourth entry becomes ACPI Power Key (0xe0f6) -> Disable (0x00):

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[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout]
"Scancode Map"=hex:00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,04,00,00,00,00,00,5b,e0,00,00,5c,e0,\
00,00,f6,e0,00,00,00,00

Note it is also possible to map the the Shutdown keyboard key to become Sleep shortcut by going to Control Panel -> Power Options -> Advanced Tab.

More Info KeyTweak by Travis Krumsick
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More Info Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator (MSKLC)
More Info Scan Code Mapper for Windows
More Info MS KB181348
More Info MS KB216893

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Credits Jason Tsang

Updated: 3 March 2010

Comments:

  1. Steve says:

    Love it ... do you know how to assign multi keys to one key? EG push f10 to emulate ctl+alt+S??

    Steve

  2. Jim says:

    Best Explanantion of scancode map and how to read the HEX values of this registry string I have found on the www.
    Thanks very much.

  3. DRG says:

    Thanks for the info..! this can also be used for disabling print screen..!

  4. Washington says:

    I opened regedit and saw I don't have HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout in my Windows XP Pro. What do I do? I don't want to disable the Windows key, just replace "/" to "?".

  5. polidoro says:

    And what about "$" ? shift+4.....I need this for a software I use in my office. I´d like to change shift+4 to other key without must to use shift. Thanks

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