Here's our Windows XP Tip for.. September 18, 2006
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Turn on Numlock
Some people seem to have problems getting Numlock to turn on when NT 4.0 starts, and others don't have the problem. Some readers have said that SP 3 cures the problem and others say it doesn't. Our experience is that Numlock won't turn on automatically in Windows NT Workstation 4.0 unless we make some changes to the Registry.

Since so many readers experience the Numlock problem, we decided to create a REG file to make the Registry changes. Although we've tested the REG file here, we can't guarantee that it will work as expected on your system. If you decide to try the REG file, run Notepad and enter the following exactly as shown, simply pressing Enter in place of the text "Blank line goes here":

REGEDIT4 Blank line goes here [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Keyboard] "InitialKeyboardIndicators"="2" Blank line goes here [HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Keyboard] "InitialKeyboardIndicators"="2" Blank line goes here

Choose File, Save As, and choose a folder for your new REG file. Name the file Num.reg and save it. Next, double-click the Num.reg icon to merge the file with the Registry. After you run Num.reg, turn on Numlock and restart the computer. When Windows NT Workstation 4.0 starts again, Numlock will be on.