Recently I encountered a new problem in Windows 10 on my Lenovo Ideapad laptop. While it was earlier considered as a hardware issue, the problem was actually in the operating system.
It was after I went through significant driver and OS updates on my PC that it got resolved. Let’s learn more about the issue and see how it can be fixed.
Why Did I Need to Reinstall Windows 10?
So the issue started after I had to get my Windows 10 reinstalled on my laptop. My hard drive was corrupted due to some damage. Since the only option was getting a new one, I went for it.
But whenever you get your hard drive changed, you need to get Windows 10 reinstalled on your system.
And the things are no longer the same in that case. Earlier, users with licensed Windows OS (mine was licensed Windows 10 Home) received a disc containing the OS along with the product key. But things are way simpler now.
The OS is retrieved back from within the BIOS. The product key is also fed within the system memory. All you need to do is head to Settings ? Update & Security to activate the Windows. If you’re connected to the web, the system will retrieve the product key and will automatically activate the original Windows 10 OS on your PC.
And that’s where the trouble began.
The Issue: Keyboard Troubles after Windows 10 Reinstallation
After reinstalling Windows, the first thing to do is find available updates for Windows 10 versions. At the same time, after reinstallation, I received the notification to update my system OS to the new Windows 10 2004 version, and I went through it.
But then, my keyboard started to act funny –
On pressing key 0, key 9 was entered on the screen automatically. Similarly, when I pressed 9, the screen displayed “90″. Basically, on pressing a key, the adjacent key character was entered along as well. And this happened for every other random key.
For example, “L” was pressed in combination with “;”, “P” was pressed in combination with “O”, and there was a mismatch in symbolic characters such as “|”, “\”, “><” etc.
At first, I thought this was a hardware issue, so I went back to the service provider to get the keyboard changed. He did the reinstallation process again, but the issue persisted.
How to Resolve the Keyboard Issue caused after Windows 10 Reinstallation?
Turns out the issue was caused by outdated drivers and the pending Windows OS updates as well.
Sometimes, after reinstallation, Windows rolls out security intelligence updates, bug fixes, etc. slowly and gradually. Hence for the initial few days after reinstallation, you might face the issue continuously as it comes and goes. Just keep a check on available updates for the OS. Here’s how to do it:
Step 1: Head to Settings ? Update and Security.
Step 2: Under Windows Update, click on Check for Updates.
Note: Ensure that the system is connected to an Internet connection before checking for updates.
Now the system will check for available updates for Windows 10.
Sometimes, you might not find any update available. Try running the troubleshooter for Windows Update once. To do that:
Step 1: Head to Settings ? Update & Security.
Step 2: Click on the Troubleshoot tab and in the right-hand sidebar, head to Additional Troubleshooter.
Step 3: Click on Windows Update and select the option for Run the Troubleshooter.
The troubleshooter will further try to fix the issue (if any) automatically.
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Fixing the Issue by Updating Drivers
I tried fixing the issue later by updating the drivers. It was manually almost impossible to search for all the driver updates because I was unaware of what outdated driver was causing this issue.
So I resorted to using Advanced Driver Updater to automate the driver update process.
Advanced Driver Updater is a software tool that allows users to scan and download all available driver updates altogether automatically. Here’s how to use Advanced Driver Updater:
Step 1: Scan for available driver updates.
Step 2: All the available updates will be listed. Just click on Update All. Advanced Driver Updater will automatically download all the updates and install them as well.
Step 3: Restart the system for the updates to take effect.
This will resolve this newfound keyboard trouble caused by Windows 10 reinstallation. Remember that it’s not always a hardware issue and it’s a waste of time to get the hardware changed without searching through all causes of a particular computer problem.
Note: The issue may prevail for a few days unless all pending system updates or driver updates are downloaded and installed. Thus, keep a check on these available updates frequently.
This is how I resolved the issue and got my system up and running again. If you are facing the same problem, try using the methods mentioned above and let us know which worked for you. For more such troubleshooting tips and tricks, watch this space. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook to get regular updates.
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