FIX: Media Keys not working


I ran into an interesting problem this week. The media keys on my Microsoft Sidewinder X6 stopped working. Most likely following some auto update or software install. Took me a while to find this but its actually becuase the Human Interface Device Service had stopped.

Setting the start-up type to “Automatic” and starting the service again solved the problem like a charm!

To do this yourself, hit Windows+R (Or start > run) then type: services.msc to launch the windows services “snap-in” hit “h” to quick step to the right section then find “Human Interface Device Service” double click it and set the start type to Automatic, then start the service and hit apply/ok.

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Enjoy your working keys!

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