Sticky Keys and a sticky mess…
Reader Greg H. wrote with an unusual problem — his keyboard didn’t work after he inadvertently made some changes to Windows 7 settings…
Well, here’s another off the wall problem: I was typing a Word doc and apparently hit the shift key repetitively or something and a dialog box popped up saying something about sticky keys and the ease of access window in control panel.
At that point, I realized I could not type into the doc, could not type my hotmail login info or type a message in eBay. Apparently I somehow disabled my keyboard.
I poked around in the ease of access window but found nothing truly helpful. I tried checking and unchecking the sticky key boxes but nothing made a difference. So I am now without a functional keyboard! Can you provide any help with this issue?
I wrote back to Greg to give him some hints. First, I noted the dialog box he saw was:
He was at the right place to fix the problem, probably, by following the route Control Panel > Ease of Access. The question is "what did he mess up?"
I suggested that the easiest solution might be to try a System Restore from a recent restore point, to go back before you made this accidental change.
The easiest way to find the system restore functions in Windows 7 is to click on the Start button, then in the search box, enter
to quickly find the "Restore system files and settings from a restore point" link.
Greg wrote back to say he solved the problem…
I found the restore page and ran the program, then had another problem in that Windows did not start. I ran another repair program and ultimately got the pc running with no keyboard problem. It would sure be nice to know what I did so I can totally avoid that in the future.
Sometimes I wonder if its just time for a new pc. My AGP video card already went out and had to be replaced. I leave the computer on all the time. With 4GB RAM and a 2.8GHz cpu, I haven’t really seen a good reason to replace it other than age; its got some years on it. I suppose a faster FSB and new, faster memory would be a plus but its hard to say.
Anyway, thanks for the tip on the system restore; I should have thought of that!