Your keyboard stops working for no reasons? This is a very annoying problem – and quite scary. You’re probably thinking, “I can’t even use Windows without a keyboard! How am I supposed to fix a problem like this without one?”

But don’t panic! It’s possible to fix this problem – even without your keyboard. Here are 5 solutions to try.

Fixes to try:

Here is a list of fixes that have proved useful to many users. You may not have to try them all; just work your way down the list until you find the one that works for you.

  1. Run the keyboard troubleshooter
  2. Check for the Power Management setting
  3. Update your keyboard driver
  4. Check for Windows updates
  5. Reconnect your keyboard to your computer

Fix 1: Run the keyboard troubleshooter

One quick fix to this issue is running the Windows troubleshooter. Follow the instructions below to see how to do it:

What is Windows keyboard troubleshooter?
The keyboard troubleshooter is a Windows built-in utility that can detect and fix common keyboard errors automatically.

1) Click the Windows icon on the bottom left corner.

2) Paste troubleshoot on the search box, and click Troubleshoot settings.

3) Click Keyboard, then Run the troubleshooter.

4) Wait for Windows to detect and fix your issue.

If Windows fails to detect your problem, don’t worry. There are still 4 more fixes to try.

Fix 2: Check the Power Management setting

In some cases, this issue occurs because your computer turns off your keyboard to save power. So you should check your Power Management setting to see if that’s the problem for you. Follow the instructions below:

1) Click the Windows icon on the bottom left corner.

2) Paste device manager on the search box, then click Device Manager.

3) Double-click Keyboards. Then, right-click your Keyboard’s name and select Properties.

4) Click the Power Management tab, verify that the box next to Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power is unchecked, then click OK.

5) Restart your computer.

If your keyboard is still not working after the reboot, read on and try the fix below.

Fix 3: Update your keyboard driver

An outdated or a faulty keyboard driver can also resulting in keyboard not working issues. It’s essential that you have the latest correct keyboard driver at all times.

There are two ways you can get the right driver for your keyboard:

Option 1 – Manually– You’ll need some computer skills and patience to update your drivers this way, because you need to find exactly the right the driver online, download it and install it step by step.

OR

Option 2 – Automatically (Recommended)– This is the quickest and easiest option. It’s all done with just a couple of mouse clicks – easy even if you’re a computer newbie.

Option 1 – Download and install the driver manually

The manufacturer of your keyboard keeps updating drivers. To get them, you need to go to the manufacturer support website, find the driver corresponding with your specific flavor of Windows version (for example, Windows 32 bit) and download the driver manually.

Once you’ve downloaded the correct drivers for your system, double-click on the downloaded file and follow the on-screen instructions to install the driver.

Option 2 – Automatically update your keyboard driver

If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update your keyboard driver manually, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy.

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.

You can update your drivers automatically with either the FREE or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes just 2 clicks:

1) Download and install Driver Easy.

2) Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.

3) Click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system (this requires the Pro version– you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).

If you need assistance, please contact Driver Easy’s support team at support@drivereasy.com.

Fix 4: Check for Windows updates

Windows updates can address bugs related to both hardware and software. So, when something goes wrong with your computer, you should try performing a Windows update. Here is how to do it:

1) Click the Windows icon on the left corner.

2) Paste windows update on the search box, and select Windows Update settings

3) Click Check for updates. Then, wait for Windows to download and install the updates automatically.

4) Restart your computer after the update is complete.

Check if your keyboard can work properly now. If it is not, move on to the fix, below.

Fix 5: Reconnect your keyboard to your PC

This fix only applies to Desktop users. If you’re using a laptop, try turning off your laptop, reinstall your battery and wait for 3 minutes before restarting your computer.

Your issue is sometimes caused by a poor connection between your PC and keyboard. In this case, reinstalling your keyboard is very likely the solution to your issue. Here is how to do it:

If you’re using a USB keyboard

1) Turn off your computer.

2) Unplug the USB cable that connects your keyboard to your computer.

3) Reconnect your keyboard to your computer. (Or, try plugging the USB cable into another USB port.)

4) Restart your computer to check your issue.

Hope this has fixed your issue. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below.

If you’re using a wireless keyboard

1) Turn off your computer.

2) Find your keyboard receiver on the back or front of our computer.

All wireless keyboards have a receiver that is plugged into the computer, and the keyboard connects to that receiver wirelessly. Here is what a receiver looks like:

3) Wait for 3 minutes, then connect the receiver either into the back or front of your computer.

4) Restart your computer to test your issue.

Hopefully, one of the fixes above helped in resolving your issue! If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to leave a comment below.

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