Enabling the NumLock Key

You can control whether the NumLock key is automatically on or off at logon
using the following Windows NT / Windows 2000 / Windows XP registry hack:

Control Panel\Keyboard
Name: InitialKeyboardIndicators
Value: 0 NumLock disabled for current user after logging
Value: 2 NumLock enabled and will
retain the settings from the last shutdown

Numlock doesn’t reflect these setting during the logon phase because at that
point, NT is using the .Default user profile since it does not know which user
is logging on. Make the same changes to HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Keyboard if you want the
numlock state to be consistent throughout.

The best, and non-registry editing method to set InitialKeyboardIndicators, is to set numlock
on, then use Alt-Ctrl-Del to log off. It should remember state for the account.

Its usually best to avoid registry hacks if possible. You can use the
following Windows Script, name it numlock.vbs, to control numlock:

set WshShell =
WshShell.SendKeys “{NUMLOCK}”

For an individual user, copy numlock.vbs to
the user’s startup folder. To get the script to run for all users, put the
script in the Startup folder in the All Users profile. Support for the Windows
Scripting Host is builtin for Win98, W2K and XP. For Win95 and NT, you have to
download and
install it.

In a Windows 2000 environment, you can control this functionality with Group

Related info:

Windows Scripting

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