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Microsoft KB Archive/174543

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Enabling the Shift Lock Feature on Windows NT 4.0

Article ID: 174543

Article Last Modified on 11/1/2006



APPLIES TO

  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition



This article was previously published under Q174543

IMPORTANT: This article contains information about modifying the registry. Before you modify the registry, make sure to back it up and make sure that you understand how to restore the registry if a problem occurs. For information about how to back up, restore, and edit the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

256986 Description of the Microsoft Windows Registry


SYMPTOMS

The Shift Lock keyboard feature is not available by default in Windows NT 4.0.

The Shift Lock key is a key similar to Caps Lock key. If the keyboard layout has a Shift Lock key instead of a Caps Lock key, capitalization can only be turned on by pressing the Shift Lock key; capitalization can only be turned off by pressing one of the Shift keys. This is the manual typewriter functionality that Windows 95, Windows 3.1/3.11 and MS-DOS implement in the French, German, and Belgian keyboard layouts.

With Windows NT 4.0 prior to Service Pack 4, the Shift Lock key turns on capitalization; however, pressing the Shift key does not turn it off. With Service Pack 4, the Shift key can now be used to turn capitalization off.

RESOLUTION

To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows NT 4.0 or Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

152734 How to Obtain the Latest Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack



WARNING: If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.


In addition to applying the service pack above, make the following registry change:

  1. Start Registry Editor (Regedt32.exe).
  2. Go to the following key in the registry:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control \Keyboard Layouts\xxxxxxxx

    Where xxxxxxxx is one of the existing the keyboard layout identifiers (for example, 0000040C is the French keyboard Layout).
  3. On the Edit menu, click Add and type the following value:

      Attributes DWORD  0x00010000
                            


STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in Windows NT 4.0 and Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition. This problem was first corrected in Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 4.0 and Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition Service Pack 4.


Additional query words: localized international intl shift-lock capslock caps-lock

Keywords: kbhotfixserver kbqfe kbbug kbfix KB174543