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How can you get Num Lock to stay on in Windows NT Workstation 4.0? Setting it in the BIOS does not work."

We often get this question, but we need to mention that installing Service Pack 4 solved this problem for us. Before you make any changes to your Registry, we suggest that you try the Service Pack. Go to

http://www.microsoft.com/support/winnt/default.htm

to download it. If you can't use Service Pack 4 for whatever reason, here's a REG file that will make Num Lock stay on for all users. To create the file, run Notepad and enter the following as shown here. Where you see the line BLANK LINE GOES HERE, press Enter to enter a blank line. Do not type BLANK LINE GOES HERE.

REGEDIT4 BLANK LINE GOES HERE [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Keyboard] "InitialKeyboardIndicators" = "2" [HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Keyboard] "InitialKeyboardIndicators" = "2" BLANK LINE GOES HERE

Choose File, Save As and name the file Num.reg. Locate a folder in which to keep the file, then click Save.

To use the file, double-click its icon. When the dialog box opens informing you that you've entered the information into the Registry, click OK to continue.

Now restart the computer. Num Lock should come on and stay on. This change applies ONLY to profiles you create after you make the Registry change.