How to disable the keyboard Power key, but not the front panel Power button. RRS feed

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  • I would like to do this for Server 2008 and Server 2012.

    The Control Panel "Power Options: Choose What the Power Buttons Do"  allows disabling the "Power button".

    This has the undesirable behavior of disabling the Front Panel Power button momentary depression from doing an orderly shutdown.  I would like to disable the keyboard "Power" key, but still have the front panel power button able to do an orderly shutdown.

    I tried using Keytweak.exe.  While it allows re-mapping the power key scan code , E05E, to NULL (0000), this has no effect on disabling the keyboard key.  I've found mention that the Power key is an "ACPI Management Key" and wonder if there is a different mechanism to translate this, which is likely a keyboard "Command" and not a simple key stroke.

    Another behavior that indicates that the keyboard power key is different is that Keytweak.exe is unable to capture the Power key in "Learn mode" when it is depressed.

    Thanks, Jim

    Monday, November 16, 2015 5:03 PM

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