How to Fix Function Keys Not Working on a Laptop with Windows 10

Last Updated on April 15, 2020 by Next Century

Computers (PCs) do not have the so called Function (FN), therefore, if you are a PC owner you should not have a FN key on your keyboard  So please bypass this post. 

Fn keys have been designed to perform specific actions on laptops, for example, turn Wi-Fi off or on, change screen’s brightness, turn the sounds on or off, get the screen to sleep, and so on. The Fn key always goes in combination with the other keys, usually F(1-12). Unfortunately, quite frequently the Fn key stops working and this typically happens after upgrading Windows from earlier versions or installing the latest updates. According to the latest reports, people using ASUS, HP, Acer, and Lenovo laptops most frequently encounter issues related to Fn keys.

Here are some possible solutions to resolve your issue:

OPTION 1 – Update Device Drivers

Usually, Function keys stop working after upgrading the system to Windows after he earlier versions or installing the latest updates. The reason may be incompatible or outdated system drivers. Therefore, you should navigate to Device Manager and check if there are any malfunctioning drivers. For this purpose, do the following:

  • Right-click Windows key and select Device Manager

  • Expand each category one-by-one and check if any of the device drivers are marked with a yellow exclamation mark

  • If you detected some of the outdated drivers, right-click them and select Update Driver Software

  • After the update, reboot the system

OPTION 2 – Uninstall Synaptics Pointing Device Driver

Synaptics pointing Device driver has been found to be conflicting with the Windows 10 OS. Such a conflict may trigger Fn key error, so try to uninstall the driver. For this purpose, please follow these steps:

  • Right-click Windows key and select Device Manager

  • Expand the Mice and other pointing devices section and click Synaptics driver

  • Select Uninstall driver and click OK on the confirmation window

  • If the driver is not given in Device Manager, you can either look for it in Control Panel or search for it using Windows search

  • Anyway, after the removal, reboot the system

OPTION 3 – Uninstall Hotkey Drivers

  • Right-click Windows key and select Device Manager

  • Locate the Hotkey driver for your device and right-click it

  • Select Uninstall

  • Now locate the HID Compliant Keyboard and HID Compliant Mouse drivers, right-click them, and opt for Uninstall option

  • After all, reboot the system

OPTION 4 – Enable VAIO Event Service (Sony Laptops Only)

  • Press Windows key + R, type services.msc and press Enter

  • Locate the VAIO Event Service and double-click it

  • Click OK and Apply to save the changes

  • Check the section of the Startup type and make sure to set it to Automatic

  • Then Click Service Status and make sure that it’s started. Otherwise, start it

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