SOVLED! Keyboard Randomly Stops Working

If your keyboard randomly stops working, there is a good chance the keyboard driver is out-of-date and driver update is the best solution. Besides that, you should also consider disconnecting and reconnecting the keyboard, turning off Filter keys, booting into Safe Mode, changing Power Management settings, etc. You have a hard time carrying out the solutions on your own and could use some help? Then this article is exactly what you need. 

Keyboard Won’t Work: Possibilities 

All in all, like other peripherals on computers, keyboard could experience a couple of issues in the course of operation. In the case that the keyboard of your PC randomly stops working, you may want to give these suspects some thought. 

  • Keyboard driver.
  • Bugs.
  • Third-party software.  
  • Power Management settings
  • Hardware. 

How To Bring The Keyboard Back To Normal

Update Driver

  • Step 1: Go to Search bar, type devmgmt.msc and press Enter to open Device Manager. 
  • Step 2: Expand Keyboards, right-click your keyboard and pick Update driver. 
  • Step 3: Hit Search automatically for updated driver software.
  • Step 4: Restart your computer once the update completes.
  • Step 5: When the screen comes back on, test out your keyboard and see how things turn out. 

Note: You recently updated the driver of your keyboard? Then it’s highly likely that the new driver is what messes up the operation of the keyboard and you must roll back the driver.

  • Step 1: Go to Search bar, type devmgmt.msc and press Enter to open Device Manager. 
  • Step 2: Expand Keyboards, right-click your keyboard and pick Properties. 
  • Step 3: Go to the Driver tab, hit Roll Back Driver and follow onscreen instructions.
  • Step 4: Restart your computer. 
  • Step 5: Determine whether the issue persists. 

If Roll Back Driver is grayed out for some reason, you should uninstall and reinstall the driver. To do so, open Device Manager, right-click your keyboard in Keyboards and pick Uninstall device. Next, check the checkbox beside Delete the driver software for this device before hitting OK then restart your computer. 

Disconnect And Reconnect The Keyboard

Once it comes to addressing bugs that plague computer peripherals, disconnection and reconnection work well. If your keyboard is a wired model, all you have to do is to unplug and replug it. On the other hand, if you use a wireless keyboard, open Settings, go to Device, unpair the keyboard from the computer then re-pair it. 

Turn Off Filter Keys

  • Step 1: Go to Search bar, type control panel and hit Enter.
  • Step 2: Change View by to Category, click Ease of Access and pick Ease of Access Centre.
  • Step 3: Hit Make the keyboard easier to use, uncheck the checkbox next to Turn on Filter Keys, select Apply and choose OK. 

Boot Into Safe Mode

  • Step 1: Press Windows + I to open Settings, select Update & Security then choose Recovery.
  • Step 2: Hit Restart now under Advanced startup.
  • Step 3: In Choose an options screen, go to Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings > Restart.
  • Step 4: Depending on the situation, you could press either 4 (F4) to boot into Safe Mode or 5 (F5) to boot into Safe Mode with Networking.
  • Step 5: Test out the keyboard. If the keyboard works as expected, feel free to conclude that interference from third-party software is the root of the trouble. To bring the peripheral back to normal, you should uninstall recently installed apps. 

Check Out The Hardware 

If none of the above work, it’s possible that components of your keyboard have sustained damages. To be sure, look for signs of damages on the hardware. In the case that your keyboard is indeed damaged, proceed to repair/replace it. 

Most Asked Questions About Keyboard 

What should I do if my keyboard is not working and I must type something in a hurry? 

If you must type something in a hurry but your keyboard won’t cooperate, use the onscreen keyboard.

  • Step 1: Press Windows + I to open Settings. 
  • Step 2: Select Ease of access then choose Keyboard.
  • Step 3: Toggle on the switch below Use the On-screen keyboard.

How come numerical keys on my keyboard don’t enter numbers once pressed?

To use numerical keys to enter numbers, you must make sure that NumLock is on. Locate the NumLock key on the keyboard, hit it one time and enter numbers using numerical keys again. 

Should I enable Sticky Keys?

For your information, Sticky Keys is a feature that allows users to press key combinations in sequence instead of simultaneously. For example, to open Task Manager, you normally need to press Ctrl + Shift + Esc at once. With Sticky keys enabled, you could press Ctrl, Shift and Esc one by one to open Task Manager. To quickly enable Sticky Keys, press Shift five times then hit Yes on the pop-up. 

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