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Fix : Stuck brightness controls / hotkeys not working in Windows 8 , 7 , Vista & XP

After reading this post you will be able to solve a problem where you cannot use the hotkeys on your keyboard to adjust brightness controls, volume controls etc. These hotkeys mostly located on your functions keys & are activated by a key marked as Fn on your keyboard. These keys are colour coded for user’s reference. Many time due to a software glitch these keys stop working & with that otherwise functionality that these hotkeys render is left unusable. Follow the steps below to fix the above said problem:

  • Only sleep & no shutdown
  • sometimes when we just let our computer sleep when we don’t use it & we do not use shutdown for a long time, this type of problem might occur due to data corruption. a simple restart should solve your problem right here.


  • Buggy Drivers
  • Try updating the following drivers :
  • Power manager driver ( if any )
  • Chipset drivers ( make sure you are installing the complete package )
  • Graphic Drivers
  • You can run Windows update or any system update program that came with your computer.
  • A better idea is to uninstall the current set of drivers & then download / install fresh / updated drivers from your system / motherboard manufacturer.

  • Hotkey management software
  • Almost every manufacturer provides a proper hotkey management software that can be download off their support website.
  • Make sure to checkout any Microsoft package that might be required by your computer for proper hotkey integration ( refer documentation / support site )

  • BIOS Update
  • If this is a frequent problem with your system, do check out your system manufacturer’s support site for any BIOS updates.
  • Refer the documentation first and/or make sure to read any related support forums for bug check.
  • Note : BIOS update might harm your computer & you should perform the BIOS update procedure at your own risk.


  • Checking Services
  • Go to run ( Windows key + R )
  • type services.msc
  • press ctrl + shift + enter
  • Look for hotkey start-up services or HID Human Interface services
  • Double click
  • set the startup type to automatic
  • Restart your computer
Windows 8

Using Windows 8 : Simplfied Usage : Customize Windows

After reading this article you will be able to understand & customize your Windows 8 PC for power use. This article explains the New  “Windows 8 style” UI based Start Screen that contains all your applications, the easy tools menu & three most basic & most used commands in Windows. This post will also cover a small tip that will enable you to view administrator tools in Start Menu.

The three most basic & most used commands in Windows 8 :

  • Winkey + X : to open the tools menu
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  • This can also be achieved by right click on the most Left bottom corner of your screen ( on the taskbar )
  • Winkey + I : This opens the Quick Settings menu. This menu contains many short links and control button, example: Power button, sound button, brightness etc.
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  • This can also be achieved by moving your mouse cursor to the top right corner of the screen.
  • Winkey : This single button press can be used to launch the start screen & to go back to the program you were using previously.

Customizing Start Screen

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Customizing this start screen is fairly easy. Follow the steps below to achieve the customization of your choice

  • Basic Customization
  • Changing Basic settings
  • On the start screen shown above, start typing start
  • From the listed results click on settings in the right pane
  • Now Click on Customize your start screen
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  • Here you can manage the color, the background picture and Tile settings.
  • Showing all Application ( tools/settings ) on the start screen
  • Go to Start
  • press Winkey + I
  • Click on Tiles
  • Follow the screenshot below
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