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HP Keyboard Fn key toggle – no option in BIOS

I ran into a small problem. How to turn off multimedia keys on included wireless keyboard and instead use fn keys. (HP Pavilion All In One, HP Pavilion gaming PC- Windows 10)

Most suggested solution was to enable or disable action key option in BIOS. But this option was not found in my BIOS.

Some people on google said holding down the Fn key and tapping the Caps Lock or fn+esc will solve this issue. but did not work in my case.

Then i read the following solution on an HP forum. Not a solution by HP.
Some user came up with this workaround.

This worked for me. Copy-pasting the post below for future reference.

” I found a pretty decent workaround about this Fn lock issue after hunting down for a while. The workaround is sort of sophisticated, so you can give it a shot if you are really dedicated to solving this Fn lock issue.

The workaround method involves the use of a program called AutoHotkey.

AutoHotkey uses hooks to map the media function key presses back to F keys and F key presses into media functions keys to achieve the effect of “unlocking” the Fn lock.
My HP keyboard is Pavilion Wireless Keyboard 600 (black). I really like the white version of this soft & short-distance chiclet keyboard when I was trying it in BestBuy, but the white version is only sold together with the all-in-one. That means, I am using this HP keyboard with my custom desktop (non-HP brand) tower and unable to fix the Fn lock issue in the BIOS.

The attached code is written based on the association of media function keys and F keys on Pavilion Wireless Keyboard 600 only. Other models or brands of keyboards will likely to have different associations. You may look into the tutorial of AutoHotkey to customize your own code.

1. Go to to download AutoHotkey.
2.Right-Click on your desktop.
3. Find “New” in the menu.
4. Click “AutoHotkey Script” inside the “New” menu.
5. Give the script a new name. It must end with a .ahk extension. For example: MyScript.ahk
6. Find the newly created file on your desktop and right-click it.
7. Click “Edit Script”.
8. A window should have popped up, probably Notepad. If so, SUCCESS!
9. Copy and paste the attached code into Notepad, and save the file.
10. Double-click the file/icon in the desktop to run it.
11. Create a shortcut of this .ahk file and move the shortcut to the “Startup” folder so that the script runs automatically every time you start windows.

The drawback of this method is that I haven’t found a way to revert the F7 & F8 keys. Therefore, only F1 through F5 and F8 through F12 can be reverted to achieve the effect of unlocking Fn lock by this code.

#NoEnv ; Recommended for performance and compatibility with future AutoHotkey releases.
SendMode Input ; Recommended for new scripts due to its superior speed and reliability.
SetWorkingDir %A_ScriptDir% ; Ensures a consistent starting directory.

; Below based on HP Pavilion Wireless Keyboard 600

; F1 | Mute

; F2 | Volume Down

; F3 | Volume Up

; F4 | Last Song

; F5 | Play/Pause

; F6 | Next song

; F7 | Brightness Down

; F8 | Brightness Up

; F9 | Search

; F10 | Toggle display mode for multi-screen
SendInput {F10}

; F11 | ???
SendInput {F11}

; F12 | System Settings
SendInput {F12}

Credit: Crizalis


Posted by on November 19, 2019 in Windows


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AppVIsvSubsystems64.dll missing in ms-office

1. Go to C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\ in windows Explorer and see if you have two ClickToRun folders.

2. If yes and one folder is just named “ClickToRun” the other is “ClickToRun578949651615” (the numbers don’t matter). Check and       see what resides in both of them. If ClickToRun is empty like mine was and every file including the for mentioned “missing” file       in the error message is in the other stranger “clicktorun4384849279” folder just cut or copy and paste the contents to the               normal “ClickToRun” Folder.

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Posted by on October 14, 2018 in Windows


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windows has blocked this software because it can’t verify the publisher 

When I  tried to open my CCTV Camera-DVR on Internet Explorer an activeX plug-in was required. But it failed to install and gave the following error. “windows has blocked this software because it can’t verify the publisher”
Solution that worked for me:

1. Open internet explorer, click Tools – Internet Options .

2. Click the Security tab – Custom Level button.

Under ActiveX ensure the following are set to enabled

Run ActiveX and plug-ins – Enabled

Download Signed ActiveX Control – Enabled

Script ActiveX controls marked as safe for scripting – Enabled

Set the following to “Prompt ”

Download unsigned ActiveX Control – Prompt

Initialize and script ActiveX controls not mark as safe – Prompt

3. Click OK and Apply and OK. Restart the browser.

Now browser will tell you that the current setting is not secure ‘ would you like me to fix the settings’. ignore that error for now.


4. install the necessary Plug-in

5. restart browser.

6. this time allow browser to fix the settings. because we have already installed what we needed.

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Posted by on February 12, 2018 in Windows


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Office number direction wrong [fix]

numbers in arabic in word file comes in wrong direction. for example if i type 123 this will come as 321.  this is caused by having the old 97-2003 format of word “.doc” to fix this problem save the file in newer format. “.docx”

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Posted by on January 17, 2018 in Windows


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Reset Windows 2012R2 local administrator password

Boot from Microsoft Windows Server 2012R2 DVD/ISO.
From the Windows Setup menu, click “Next”.
Select “Repair your computer”.
Click on “Troubleshoot”.
Under Advanced options, click “Command Prompt”.
At the command prompt, run the following commands:

cd Windows\System32
ren Utilman.exe Utilman.exe.old
copy cmd.exe Utilman.exe

Close the command prompt, remove DVD/ISO and then reboot the system.
The server should now boot and present the logon screen.
Press Windows Key + U.
At the prompt you can change the password, by typing the following command:

net user administrator Password123

This will set the password for the Administrator user to be Password123 (case sensitive).

Now repeat the DVD/ISO boot steps and open command prompt above and run the following:

cd Windows\System32
del Utilman.exe
ren Utilman.exe.old Utilman.exe


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Posted by on October 22, 2017 in Windows


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Word stops responding when I go to the Page Layout tab

First I tried to reset word by going to  HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft> office> word and then delete the key.

then open app-data> roaming> microsoft> and delete word folder:

this fixed problem in one of them. but not in another one. so I continued as follows

If an Office application such as Word or Excel isn’t working correctly, sometimes restarting it will fix the problem or you can try repairing it. When you’re done, you might need to restart your computer.

Repair Office from the Control Panel:

From Category view, under Programs, select Uninstall a program. Click the Office product you want to repair, and then click Change.

Depending if your copy of Office is “Click-to-run or an MSI-based install”( to check this go to Files> account> if you see an update option you have Click to run otherwise an msi ), do the following for your Office installation type:

Click-to-Run installation type:

In How would you like to repair your Office Programs, select Online Repairto make sure everything gets fixed, and then select Repair. (The faster Quick Repair option is also available, but it only detects and then replaces corrupted files.)

MSI-based installation type:

In Change your installation, select Repair and then click Continue.

that should do it.

BUT in my case it was a bit bizarre, I had to uninstall my ID card printer. then it worked like a charm.  // Problem with layout tab of MS office may be related to printer configurations. NOTED!!  //


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Posted by on October 1, 2017 in Windows


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Reset a Windows 10 password with CMD

requirement = installation Disk of any windows 7,8,8.1,10

boot into the boot disk. instead of install we will select repair.

then go to trouble shoot options. search for cmd

when you find it. launch it. by default cmd will open to a directory name x:> we will need to change that to the drive where windows is installed. to do this do the following
type in    c:
this will get us into C drive. type in dir to list all the content. if the list doesn’t show the items of Windows partition. you are not in the right drive. change the drive, D: or E: do this until you find the drive.

now we will move to the the system32 folder cd windows\system32 when we get here. rename the osk.exe file to osk.old. to do this run the follwing command.

rename osk.exe osk.old

now rename cmd.exe to osk.exe
same as above
rename cmd.exe osk.exe

As per design when we are on the login screen of windows there is a on screen keyboard (osk.exe) available to us. by following the above steps we have just replaced that keyboard with command prompt.

now restart and boot into the system (not the boot disk). when we are on the login screen with the user account to which we forgot the password.

open the accessibility option and click on on screen keyboard. which will launch cmd.exe

to list all users of the system :

net user

when we know the actual username of the account we want to change password.

net user [USERNAME] *

[USERNAME] refer to the account whose password we are trying to change.

if you are planning to change password and enable the built in administrator
net user administrator /active:yes
is a compulsory step.

after running the above command a new password prompt is shown. assign a new password for the account. close the cmd. and use the new pass to login.

after this don’t forget to change everything as they were.

to do this; boot into the os-disk and undo all the changes.

rename osk.exe cmd.exe
rename osk.old osk.exe

deactivate the built in administrator if you no longer need it.

thats all!


Posted by on September 28, 2017 in Windows


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Windows useful apps

  1. TreeSize Free: Even in the times of cheap terabytes a final truth remains: Sooner or later every hard disk will near capacity. But there is help! TreeSize Free tells you where precious disk space has gone. Use the treemap to keep an eye on your disk space.
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Posted by on September 17, 2017 in Windows


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