Is the keyboard typing the wrong characters on your Windows 10 computer? If you are facing this problem on your computer, there is a chance that the keyboard itself has gone out of order. Try these initial workarounds on your computer and if they don’t work out, simply go for the main solutions.
1. Unplug the keyboard. Wait for a while. Again, plug the keyboard to another usb port on your computer. Check if this works.
2. Try the keyboard with any other computer/ laptop to check if it works.
If the keyboard is working fine with other laptop or pc, you have to solve the problem following these fixes-
For all the fixes, when we are going to use “On-Screen Keyboard“. To open it follow these steps-
a. Click on the Windows icon.
b. Now, scroll down through the list of apps and then click on “Windows Ease of Access” to expand it.
c. Then, click on the “On-Screen Keyboard” to open it.
Fix-1 Modify registry-
Modify the keyboard registry to solve this issue.
You have to solve this issue from Registry Editor.
1. Click on the Search box and then type “regedit” using On-Screen Keyboard.
2. Now, click on “Registry Editor” from the search results to open it on your computer.
You will need to backup your registry. After opening Registry Editor, click on “File” > “Export” to create the backup.
If anything goes wrong you can retrieve your registry by simply importing the backup.
3. In Registry Editor window, on the left-hand side, navigate to this location-
4. On the right-hand side, double click on “1” to modify it.
5. In the Edit String window, change the value of the language you want your keyboard (Just copy the value from the left side of the table given below according to the language and paste it in Edit String window).
6. Click on “OK“.
|00000409||English (United States)|
|00000809||English (United Kingdom)|
|00001409||English (New Zealand)|
|0000040a||Spanish (Traditional Sort)|
|00000c0a||Spanish (Modern Sort)|
Now, close Registry Editor window.
Reboot your computer.
After rebooting your computer, the keyboard will work just fine.
Fix- 2 Uninstall and re-install keyboard
Uninstalling and re-installing the keyboard software will solve this issue.
1. Press Windows key+X and then click on “Device Manager” to open it.
2. In Device Manager window, expand “Keyboards“.
3. Now, right-click on “HID Keyboard Device” and then click on “Uninstall device“.
4. Finally, to uninstall the keyboard driver, click on “Uninstall“.
Close Device Manager window.
Now, reboot your computer and the driver will be re-installed on your computer.
Fix- 3 Run Keyboard troubleshooter
1. You can access the Settings by pressing Windows key and I keys together.
2. Now, click on “Update & Security“.
3. On the left-hand side, click on “Troubleshoot“.
4. Now, on the right-hand side, click on “Additional troubleshooters“.
5. Now, on the right pane of the Settings window, select the “Keyboard” troubleshooter.
6. Now, click on “Run the Troubleshooter” to start the troubleshooting process.
Follow the on-screen instruction in the Troubleshooting window.
The troubleshooter will find any problems with the keyboard wrong character typing issue and attempt to fix the problem.
Reboot your computer and check.
Sambit is a Mechanical Engineer By qualification who loves to write about Windows 10 and solutions to weirdest possible problems.