“Guys, I need your help urgently. My laptop won’t let me type my password. Last night, I worked on my laptop and it was working perfectly. Today, when I turned on my laptop, it seemed the login screen has frozen. I cannot type my password and log in to perform my regular works. Please let me know how to troubleshoot the problem?”
If your computer is not letting you type in your password and log in successfully, you are not the only one with the issue. We get so many queries about how to fix the frozen login screen and how to type in the password so that they can log in and back up important data before performing any reset. Most reported that their keyboards are working perfectly with every other device.
A faulty keyboard can be why you cannot type in your password. But more often, it is likely to be a software issue. Instead of breaking your keyboard in frustration, you should understand the possible reasons why you cannot type in your password on your computer. We have provided legitimate solutions to fix the “my computer wont let me type in my password” issue in simple steps.
Part 1. Why Can’t I Type In Password on My Computer/Laptop?
Understanding the possible reason behind an issue helps immensely in troubleshooting the issue with more clarity. There are four possible reasons why you cannot type in the login password on your computer.
- Keyboard Issue: If you have a faulty keyboard, you cannot type anything with it. You need to connect your keyboard to any other compatible device to ensure that your keyboard is working properly.
- Port Issue: If the connection between the keyboard and the computer is improper, your key presses will not translate on the screen. The port connecting your keyboard and computer can get faulty and malfunction due to hardware or software issues. You should connect your keyboard to another available port to ensure it is not a port issue.
- Driver Issue: If the keyboard driver is outdated, it may no longer support your keyboard. Besides, the driver can get faulty, and you need to update it to get the keyboard functioning properly.
- Software Issue: If the keyboard and the port are working properly and the driver is updated, it is a software issue. Any software can mess with the keyboard driver and block your key presses from translating on the screen. Instead of any specific software, the issue can arise due to faulty system files and settings.
Part 2. How to Fix “My Computer/Laptop Won’t Let Me Type My Password”?
You need to take a series of steps to fix your computer that is not letting you type your password. Any of the following steps can fix the issue, and hence, you should perform them as per the listing sequence until the problem is solved. Here are the steps to fix the “my computer wont let me type in my password” issue.
1. Restart Your Computer/Laptop
When you are stuck at the login screen where you need to enter the password but cannot, you need to restart your computer. Click on the Shut Down icon at the bottom right corner and select the Restart option.
Sometimes, the Shut Down icon may not be responsive to your clicks due to internal issues with your operating system. In that case, you must force restart your computer by pressing the Power button for a few seconds. This should shut down your computer. You can press the Power button again to restart your computer.
2. Plug the Keyboard into a Different Port
We have already stated that the port connecting the keyboard and the computer can be the culprit. If restarting your computer does not solve the issue, you need to disconnect your keyboard from your computer. After that, you should connect your keyboard to your computer through a different port.
When you use a different port but the problem still persists, it implies that the issue is not due to a faulty port. The issue could be with your keyboard, and you should try a new keyboard. Even when a new keyboard does not solve the problem, you can be sure that it will likely be a driver or software issue.
3. Disable Sticky and Filter Keys
Windows has sticky keys and filter keys for the ease of the users. Filter keys allow ignoring repeated keystrokes, while sticky keys allow modifier keys to remain active without repeated keystrokes. Some users have reported that disabling the sticky and filter keys has solved the keyboard not working on the login screen. Here are the steps to disable the sticky and filter keys in Windows.
Step 1: On the login screen, click the Ease of Use icon at the bottom.
Step 2: Turn off the Sticky Keys and the Filter Keys one by one.
Step 3: Restart your computer by clicking the Shut Down icon and selecting the Restart option.
When your computer restarts, check if your keyboard is working properly.
4. Use the On-Screen Keyboard
A temporary solution to your problem is to use the on-screen keyboard. Windows provides an on-screen keyboard to type anything by clicking on the on-screen keys. When stuck at the login screen, here are the steps to bring up the on-screen keyboard and type your password to log in successfully.
Step 1: Click on the Ease of Use icon at the bottom right corner of the login screen.
Step 2: From the menu, click on the On-screen Keyboard option.
Step 3: You can type in your login password by clicking on the virtual keys of the on-screen keyboard.
After successful login, you can take steps to fix the issue, especially when it is due to a driver issue or software issue.
5. Update the Keyboard Driver
After you log into your computer using the on-screen keyboard, you need to update your keyboard driver. An outdated or malfunctioning keyboard driver can prevent the keyboard from properly functioning. When you update the driver to the latest version, all issues with the previous drive get fixed. Here are the steps to update the keyboard driver on your computer.
Step 1: Right-click the Start button and select the Driver Manager option.
Step 2: From Device Manager, expand the Keyboards option by clicking on it.
Step 3: Right-click on the keyboard drive and click the Update Driver option.
Step 4: Choose the “Search Automatically for Drivers” option from the pop-up dialog box.
Step 5: Wait for the operating system to search for the latest version of the keyboard driver and update the existing driver.
Step 6: After the driver updating process, restart your computer and check if the issue is solved.
6. Perform a System Restore
If updating the keyboard driver does not solve the issue, the issue is likely due to faulty system files or apps. Corrupted or damaged system files can cause hardware devices to malfunction. You need to perform a system restore to return to the chosen backup system version where the problem was not present. Here are the steps to perform a system restore to fix the keyboard not working on the login screen.
Step 1: Log in with the on-screen keyboard and right-click on the This PC icon on the desktop.
Step 2: Select the Properties option from the menu.
Step 3: When the Settings window opens, click on the Advanced System Settings link.
Step 4: Go to the System Protection tab on the System Properties window. Click on the System Restore button.
Step 5: On the System Restore wizard, turn on the Choose a different restore point. After that, click the Next button.
Step 6: Turn on the Show More Restore Points and select a restore point when the keyboard works properly.
Step 7: Click on the Scan for affected programs button. You will see the list of apps that will get uninstalled when the system restores to the chosen date. Click on the Close button.
Step 8: Click the Next button and follow the on-screen instructions to finish the restoration process.
Step 9: Click the Finish button and restart your computer to see if the problem is solved.
7. Remove the Password
When neither the physical nor virtual on-screen keyboard is working on the login screen, you need to opt for a Windows password reset tool. We recommend PassFab 4Winkey as the best tool to remove the password of your Windows user account. You will need another computer where you can install PassFab 4Winkey and create a bootable media through which you can remove the password on your computer. Here are the steps to remove the password of your user account on your system using PassFab 4Winkey.
Step 1: Download and install PassFab 4WinKey on another computer.
Step 2: Launch PassFab 4WinKey and click on the Start button. Let 4WInkey download the ISO file to create a bootable disk.
Step 3: Select a boot media and click on the Start Burning button. Follow the on-screen instruction to complete making a bootable media.
Step 4: Come back to your computer. Restart your computer and press the ESC key or F12 key when the computer is restarted to enter the boot menu.
Step 5: Select your bootable media as the default boot option on the Boot menu. Press the F10 key to save the change. Exit the Boot menu, and your computer will restart as per the Boot media.
Step 6: PassFab 4WinKey will open on the screen. Select your operating system.
Step 7: Select the Remove Account Password option and click on the Next button.
Step 8: Follow the on-screen instructions, and your user account’s password will vanish.
From next time onwards, your computer will log in successfully without the password, and you will land directly on the desktop.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is my computer not allowing me to type my password?
If your computer is not allowing you to type your password when you log in, it could be an issue with your keyboard or the connecting port. Besides, an outdated or malfunctioning keyboard driver can cause the issue. But more often, the issue occurs due to corrupted system files, malfunctioning apps, or changes in system settings.
How to open password without keyboard?
The easiest way to open password and log in successfully without a keyboard is by using the on-screen keyboard. However, you can remove the password of your user account using PassFab 4Winkey so that the system logs in successfully without a password.
Can my keyboard get locked and prevent me from typing?
If the filter keys feature is turned on, the entire keyboard can get locked. You might have enabled the filter keys by accidentally pressing the Shift key for eight seconds or more. You need to turn off the filter keys feature to unlock your keyboard. You can disable it from the Ease of Use menu on the login screen.
If your computer is not allowing you to type your password and log into your computer successfully, you should not panic but focus on finding the reason behind the issue. We have provided you with a step-by-step process to fix the issue of your keyboard not working on the login screen. Generally, updating the keyboard driver or a system restore solves the issue. However, if the problem persists, you can remove the user account’s password so that your computer does not ask for your password every time you start your computer. We recommend PassFab 4Winkey to remove the user account’s password with minimal clicks without pressing any key.