Microsoft Keyboard Filter (MsKeyboardFilter) Service Defaults in Windows 10

Controls keystroke filtering and mapping.

Default Settings

Startup type:
Windows 10 Home 1507N/A
Windows 10 Pro 1507N/A
Windows 10 Education 1507N/A
Windows 10 Enterprise 1507N/A
Windows 10 Home 1511N/A
Windows 10 Pro 1511N/A
Windows 10 Education 1511N/A
Windows 10 Enterprise 1511N/A
Windows 10 Home 1607N/A
Windows 10 Pro 1607N/A
Windows 10 Education 1607N/A
Windows 10 Enterprise 1607N/A
Windows 10 Home 1703N/A
Windows 10 Pro 1703N/A
Windows 10 Education 1703N/A
Windows 10 Enterprise 1703N/A
Windows 10 Home 1709N/A
Windows 10 Pro 1709N/A
Windows 10 Education 1709N/A
Windows 10 Enterprise 1709N/A
Windows 10 Home 1803N/A
Windows 10 Pro 1803N/A
Windows 10 Education 1803N/A
Windows 10 Enterprise 1803N/A
Windows 10 Home 1809N/A
Windows 10 Pro 1809N/A
Windows 10 Education 1809N/A
Windows 10 Enterprise 1809N/A
Windows 10 Home 1903N/A
Windows 10 Pro 1903N/A
Windows 10 Education 1903N/A
Windows 10 Enterprise 1903N/A
Windows 10 Home 2004N/A
Windows 10 Pro 2004N/A
Windows 10 Education 2004N/A
Windows 10 Enterprise 2004N/A
Windows 10 Home 20H2N/A
Windows 10 Pro 20H2N/A
Windows 10 Education 20H2N/A
Windows 10 Enterprise 20H2N/A
Windows 10 Home 21H1N/A
Windows 10 Pro 21H1Disabled
Windows 10 Education 21H1Disabled
Windows 10 Enterprise 21H1Disabled
Display name:Microsoft Keyboard Filter
Service name:MsKeyboardFilter
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Path:%SystemRoot%\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs -p
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\MsKeyboardFilter
  • SeTcbPrivilege
  • SeAssignPrimaryTokenPrivilege

Default Behavior

Microsoft Keyboard Filter is a Win32 service. In Windows 10 it is disabled. When the Microsoft Keyboard Filter service is started, it is running as LocalSystem in a shared process of svchost.exe along with other services. If Microsoft Keyboard Filter fails to start, the failure details are being recorded into Event Log. Then Windows 10 will start up and notify the user that the MsKeyboardFilter service has failed to start due to the error.

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Microsoft Keyboard Filter

1. Run the Command Prompt as an administrator.

2. Copy the commands below, paste them into the command window and press ENTER:

sc stop MsKeyboardFilter
sc config MsKeyboardFilter start= disabled

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The MsKeyboardFilter service is using the KeyboardFilterSvc.dll file that is located in the %WinDir%\System32 folder. If the file is changed, damaged or deleted, you can restore its original version from Windows 10 installation media.