One of the conveniences that came with Windows 10 is the ability to log into your account by PIN instead of having to type the long passwords. It is certainly convenient to key-in just four numbers than typing a whole password phrase. However, when booting up, you first must enable Num Lock key; for users with the full keyboards that comes with the number pad.
PIN login plus Fast Startup makes waking up your computer from complete shutdown to full working mode fast enough for most people. But soon enough you will want things to move even faster, having an SSD certainly will speed up the boot up process, and upon reaching the Windows login screen you need the Num Lock key enabled automatically. Pressing the Num Lock key before entering your PIN on the number pad can seem exhausting after a while.
How you can automatically Enable Num Lock Key
To break the monotony and fasten the boot up process, Innov8tiv is going to share with you a DIYS trick on enabling the Num Lock key automatically each time you boot up. So all you will have to do to login to your Windows account is just press your PIN’s four numbers combination.
Step 1 – Editing your Registry
The behavior of Num Lock, Caps Lock, and Scroll Lock keys are controlled by Windows registry settings during boot up. By tinkering with this registry, you can instruct Windows to automatically enable anyone of these keys every time you boot up.
In our case, we want to enable Num Lock key every time the computer boots up. The process is a bit technical, but easy enough for anyone to follow. To edit the Registry:
Then proceed to changing the ‘InitialKeyboardIndicators’ value in a number of places. The first place will be under the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Keyboard. To start, double-click on ‘InitialKeyboardIndicators’ value located on the right panel and set it to number ‘2’.
Next go to the HKEY_USERS folder and expand it. Then repeat the above process several times, and change the value of the ‘InitialKeyboardIndicators’ under all the folders inside the HKEY_USERS folder.
Registry Edit-1: The first folder will be ‘.DEFAULT’ expand this folder, head on to the ‘Control Panel’ folder, and expand it. You will see a ‘Keyboard’ folder underneath. Click once and the ‘InitialKeyboardIndicators’ will appear on the panel to your right. Double click it and enter the number ‘2’.
Registry Edit-2: Repeat the same process as above for all sub-folders under the HKEY_USERS folder. The next one should start with ‘S-’, then head to ‘Control Panel’ folder then to ‘Keyboard’ folder and click it to see the ‘InitialKeyboardIndicators’ on the right panel. Double click it and enter the number ‘2’.
Now close the Registry Editor; exit the Registry Editor
Please note the emphasis on SHUT DOWN your computer. DO NOT Restart, but do a system Shut Down.
Step 3 – Boot Up your Computer
Press the power button and boot up your computer. When it is boot up and you are at the Windows login screen, press the Num Lock key once (it will light up on keyboards with the Num Lock key light, but if it doesn’t have the light, it is very important that you press this key just once).
Again, note the emphasis on SHUT DOWN. Do not click or Restart computer.
Step 5 – Boot Up your Computer
Are you feeling tired with all the shutdowns and boot ups? This is the final step J! From now, and going forward, you will no longer need to press the Num Lock key each time you want to login to your Windows account when your turn on your computer.
The trick above has will automatically enable Num Lock key every time you boot up your computer.
Follow the instructions given above strictly as they are given, editing a different part of the Registry could cause your system to malfunction, not function at all, or open up security holes that could compromise your system.
The trick above was obtained from Redditor DznyRulz, to whom all the credits go to.