Fix- Keyboard typing wrong characters in Windows 10 / 11

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.


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Initial Workarounds

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-

NOTE

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.

 

On Screen Keyboard

Fix 1 – Try Pressing Windows key and Space key together

It may happen that your keyboard layout is accidentally changed , since you may have pressed Windows and space key together.

Just try pressing Windows key and Spacebar once and see if it fixes the issue or not

Fix-2 Modify registry

Modify the keyboard registry to solve this issue.


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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.

 

Regedit

 

NOTE

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-

Computer\HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Keyboard Layout\Preload

 

4. On the right-hand side, double click on “1” to modify it.

 

Double Click 1

 

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“.

 

00000402 Bulgarian
0000041a Croatian
00000405 Czech
00000406 Danish
00000413 Dutch (Standard)
00000813 Dutch (Belgian)
00000409 English (United States)
00000809 English (United Kingdom)
00001009 English (Canadian)
00001409 English (New Zealand)
00000c09 English (Australian)
0000040b Finnish
0000040c French (Standard)
0000080c French (Belgian)
0000100c French (Swiss)
00000c0c French (Canadian)
00000407 German (Standard)
00000807 German (Swiss)
00000c07 German (Austrian)
00000408 Greek
0000040e Hungarian
0000040f Icelandic
00001809 English (Irish)
00000410 Italian (Standard)
00000810 Italian (Swiss)
00000414 Norwegian (Bokmal)
00000814 Norwegian (Nynorsk)
00000415 Polish
00000816 Portuguese (Standard)
00000416 Portuguese (Brazilian)
00000418 Romanian
00000419 Russian
0000041b Slovak
00000424 Slovenian
0000080a Spanish (Mexican)
0000040a Spanish (Traditional Sort)
00000c0a Spanish (Modern Sort)
0000041d Swedish
0000041f Turkish

 

Set Value

 

Now, close Registry Editor window.

Reboot your computer.

After rebooting your computer, the keyboard will work just fine.

 

Fix- 3 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.

 

Device Manager

 

2. In Device Manager window, expand “Keyboards“.

3. Now, right-click on “HID Keyboard Device” and then click on “Uninstall device“.

 

Unistall Device

 

4. Finally, to uninstall the keyboard driver, click on “Uninstall“.

 

Uninstall Finall

 

Close Device Manager window.

Now, reboot your computer and the driver will be re-installed on your computer.

 

Fix- 4 Run Keyboard troubleshooter

1. You can access the Settings by pressing Windows key and I keys together.

2. Now, click on “Update & Security“.

 


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Update And Security

 

3. On the left-hand side, click on “Troubleshoot“.

4. Now, on the right-hand side, click on “Additional troubleshooters“.

 

Additional Troublehshooter

 

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.

 

Run The Troubleshooter

 

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.

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1 thought on “Fix- Keyboard typing wrong characters in Windows 10 / 11”

  1. Hey,
    I have problems as:
    1st thing was mouse pad was lagging
    Backlight was switching on and off randomly but work only in the boot time
    Then keys started to randomly type in”////////” or nnnnnnnnnn
    I am having a lot of problem since a week now tryna solve this issue.

    I have done all these :-
    Device manager-update keyboard-nothing happens
    System restore – nothing happens
    Registry thing you just told me – nothing happens
    Connected to an external keyboard, same issue as in the laptop keyboard
    Only possible way to type is on screen keyboard

    *I went to device manager so many times that I’ve come to notice

    There are like 6-7 maybe more “device” when seen about it’s details, says so as device working properly.
    No exclamation mark, no cross, no arrow down.
    But when i see the details of drivers these particular error pops up, says “No drivers is required or loaded for this device”
    So i tried uninstalling and let the Windows do the trick… didn’t happen

    Btw, I’m typing this with the on-screen keyboard.I don’t think it’s the hardware at all it’s the drivers ik for sure but idk which!!!
    *There was some Windows update for 1903, that went updated before getting these issues. I didn’t create a restore point before too.

    Please suggest me the solutions I could try of.

    Please help.

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