Enable NumLock on the Login Screen and Lock Screen by default

If your user account password includes numbers, every time you need to enable the NumLock key in order to type in the password using the numeric keypad. You can, with a simple registry edit, make Windows always enable NumLock on the login screen (as well as the lock screen) at every startup. The registry edit works in any version of Windows, including Windows 10.

First, try the following method which works for some users.

Start Windows, and in the login screen, turn ON the NumLock. Click the power button on the login screen and restart Windows. After Windows reboots, NumLock is automatically enabled at the login screen. This method, however, didn’t work when I tested in various Windows 10 builds.

Here is the registry edit which automatically enables NumLock at every startup.

NumLock – Always enable at Startup

Start the Registry Editor (regedit.exe) and go to:

HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Keyboard

Create a string value named InitialKeyboardIndicators

Assign the value data for InitialKeyboardIndicators to accordingly, as below:

  • Set it to 2 (for Windows 7)
    Set it to 80000002 (for Windows 8 and Windows 10)

enable numlock on the login screen

Exit the Registry Editor and restart Windows.

As Windows by default enables Fast Startup, you’ll need to “Restart” the system (instead of shutting it down and starting manually) for the changes to take effect.

Here are other possible data you can use for InitialKeyboardIndicators string value.

Data Description
0 Turn all indicators off (NumLock, CapsLock & ScrollLock)
1 Turn CapsLock on
2 Turn NumLock on
3 Turn CapsLock and NumLock on
4 Turn ScrollLock on
5 Turn CapsLock and ScrollLock on
6 Turn NumLock and ScrollLock on
7 Turn all indicators On – NumLock, CapsLock & ScrollLock.

Src: Tweaks.com

Note that in Windows 8 and higher, you need to use it in the format 80000000,80000001,80000002 and so on for 0, 1 and 2 respectively.

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Ramesh Srinivasan is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a consecutive ten-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award in the Windows Shell/Desktop Experience category, from 2003 to 2012. He loves to troubleshoot and write about Windows. Ramesh founded Winhelponline.com in 2005.

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