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    Windows Key + L doesn't work anymore?

    I've gotten into the habit of locking my XP Pro workstation when I leave it at the school by pressing the Windows Key + L. I recently did some updates as per an admin's request (without SP2; we have SP1) and installed all the serious hotfixes. Now, I can't use this key combination (although I can use CTL+ALT+DEL). I don't want to log off but rather just lock the system.

    Anyone seen this before? Any idears?

    (Note: I've done a quick google and MS Knowledge Base search but not finding anything specific to this)
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    Windows-key + L to lock the computer works on Windows XP Home Edition (SP2) for me.
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    It used to work on this system as well. I have a system at home -- Win XP Pro with SP1 and all recent critical updates -- and it works there. I've even tried CTL + ESC + L and that doesn't work. So I'm at a loss as to why it stopped working.
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    Hrmm... Didn't work. It's interesting to note that the Windows key works fine on its own. It seems the combination of the two doesn't. Anyone know if there is a hotkey setting somewhere (control panel)?
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    Hi

    Maybe this http://www.winguides.com/registry/display.php/549/ ..............see if the hotkey combination is disabled in the rigistary...because in this WinKey works just the Key Combination is disabled.......but CTRL+ALT+DELETE would also should be disabled if this is the case

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    Your winkey works.. Does your "L" key work on its own?

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    Your winkey works.. Does your "L" key work on its own?
    While it seems like a dumb comment..ie obvious.. it is possable that there is a keyboard fault.. not a non operative Key.. but perhaps there may be a problem with Keyboard Matrix or the decoder IC.. you may find other combinations don't work or work differently.

    It is possable that a solvent a cleaner used (or yourself) may have damaged some of the conductive plastics inside the keyboard..
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    but CTRL+ALT+DELETE would also should be disabled if this is the case
    CTL+ALT+DEL work fine.

    Does your "L" key work on its own?
    Uh... apparently enough to put an L by itself in the title and put it in this line.

    It is possable that a solvent a cleaner used (or yourself) may have damaged some of the conductive plastics inside the keyboard..
    Unlikely since it worked before I applied the hotfixes but didn't work after it.

    Sigh. I think I'm going to have to go through those things and figure out what might have moofed something where. Wish I knew which Registry to tackle. Perhaps a visit to the bookstore and a Registry book might help...
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    Heh I didn't know if you were using the same comp or not

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