Understanding the Causes and Fixes for Keyboard Lights Errors

The keyboard lights errors are a common problem in Windows 10 and 11.
Users reported that their keyboard lights are not working properly, and their lights won’t turn on at all, or they turn on randomly.
There are quite a lot of causes for this issue, and in this guide we’re going to cover how to fix them.

  • If the keyboard lights don’t turn on, your keyboard’s batteries might be dead or defective.
  • Items like dirt and food debris can also cause the lights on keyboard not to work.
  • If the keyboard lights aren’t working, you might need to physically clean the keyboard, or to do it with the help of a dedicated cleaner.

Turn off the keyboard lights

  1. Most keyboards come with a small switch that turns off the keyboard lights. Locate the switch, turn it off, and restart your PC.
    Most keyboards come with a small switch that turns off the keyboard lights. Locate the switch, turn it off, and restart your PC.
  2. Customers have claimed that this resolves the keyboard lights error, so if this doesn’t work, move on to the next fix.
  3. Reset all system settings
    Press the Windows key + I to open the Settings app.
  4. Choose Update & Security.
  5. Select Recovery.
  6. Click Get started under Reset this PC.
  7. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the process.
    Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the process.

Update/Install the Keyboard Driver

  1. With Windows 10, you can update your keyboard driver manually.
  2. Press the Windows key + X to launch the Power User menu.
  3. Click the Device Manager option.
  4. Click the Keyboards option to expand it.
    Click the Keyboards option to expand it.
  5. Right-click your keyboard and select Update driver.
  6. Select Search automatically for drivers.
    Select Search automatically for drivers.

Uninstall/Reinstall the HID-compliant mouse driver

  1. Press Windows + X keys -> select Device Manager.
  2. In the Device Manager window, expand Mice and other pointing devices -> right click on your HID-compliant mouse -> select Uninstall device.
  3. Restart your PC and reinstall the driver from the manufacturer’s website.
    Restart your PC and reinstall the driver from the manufacturer's website.
  4. Restart your PC.

Change the Power Plan

  1. Go to Control Panel, select Hardware and Sound, and click Power Options.
  2. Click Change plan settings.
    Click Change plan settings.
  3. Click the Change advanced power settings link in the Power Options window.
  4. Then select the Choose what the power buttons do option.
  5. Select the Change settings that are currently unavailable option.
  6. Click the Change settings that are currently unavailable link.
  7. Select the Turn on fast startup (recommended) option.
  8. Click the Save changes button.
    Click the Save changes button.

Repair the Registry

  1. Press the Windows key + R to open Run, type regedit, and click OK.
  2. In the left pane, navigate to the HKCR\Keyboard Layout\Keyboard Layout\Keyboard Layout ID key.
  3. Click Modify.
    Click Modify.
  4. Now, change the Decimal value to 0 and click OK in order to save the changes.
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