Windows 10 Enabling virtual keyboard by default when docked

Article ID: 01988490

Issue / Question

When in Communications cradle or  Mount the On screen keyboard will not automatically appear even if no USB HID devices are attached

Applicable To

ET50 ET55 Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 Tablets

Resolution / Answer

Enabling virtual keyboard by default when docked

To enable the virtual keyboard to automatically appear when touching a input field when in a communications cradle or mount

In the BIOS menu

Starting with the Tablet powered off 
- Press and hold both the volume up an down buttons  
- While holding press and hold the power button 
- Continue to hold until the BIOS menu appears 
- Select SCU

- Select Advanced > Miscellaneous > Advanced Settings = Enabled
- Select Advanced > Miscellaneous > Laptop/Slate mode device = Disabled
- Save & Exit

In Windows

- Set the register value of key HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\PriorityControl\ConvertibleSlateMode to 0
If pop-up appears asking about tablet/desktop mode, confirm with ‘OK’.
Restart the system for the settings to take effect.

- Shutdown & power-up may not work (only restart) if fast startup is enabled. This setting can be found under Power Options -> System Settings -> Shutdown Settings.
- Setting Laptop/Slate mode device to Disabled in BIOS will also disable automatic desktop/tablet mode switch when device is placed into docking station or removed from one.

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+ Applicable Products

  • ET50
  • ET50 ET55
  • ET55