How to Fix Win + X (Windows Key) Not Working on Windows 11?


Press Win + X to access Windows Terminal, Device Manager, Task Manager, and various other tools. It is a very convenient operation for users who need to quickly call up various tools. But recently, users have reported that Win + X does not work in Windows 11. The reason why Win + X does not work may be software or hardware related. Next we discuss how to fix Win + X not working in Windows 11.

If you are facing Win + X not working problem, please read the following methods carefully to solve the problem.

How to Fix Win + X Not Working on Windows 11?

1. Make sure the keyboard is working properly

First check if the keyboard is working properly, all keys are working properly. Whether the keyboard is properly connected to the PC. Press the Windows key to check if it is working properly. and typing X to make sure the key works as well.

If both the Windows and X keys are not working, it should be a hardware problem. Please change the keyboard and use another keyboard. If the keys are working fine, it could be a software issue, then read the next method.

2. Restart Explorer.exe

Windows Explorer bugs can also cause Win+X not to work properly. Please restart the Explorer.exe process to fix the problem.

Press Ctrl + Alt + Delete to open the Task Manager.

Explorer.exe in the Details tab.

Select the process and click End Task.

Opening any folder will automatically start the Explorer process.

After restarting Explorer.exe, it is now time to check if the Win + X keyboard shortcut is working.

3. Run an SFC scan

File corruption can also cause Win+X not to work in Windows 11. Try an SFC scan to fix file corruption.

Search for CMD. Right-click Command Prompt, click Run as administrator.

In the command prompt, type and execute the command sfc /scannowsfc/scannow

Open the Start menu.

After waiting for the scanning process to complete, restart your PC.

After restarting, check if the Win + X key combination is working properly.

4. Update the keyboard driver

Outdated keyboard drivers can also cause Win + X to not work in Windows 11. Try updating the keyboard driver to see if the issue can be resolved.

Open the Start menu and click Device Manager.

Double-click to expand the Keyboard tab.

Select the keyboard, right-click, click Update Driver.

Click Search for drivers automatically and follow the on-screen instructions to update the driver or reinstall the driver.

To reinstall the driver, right-click the keyboard in Device Manager and click Uninstall Device.

The driver will be reinstalled after restarting the PC.

Check if the Win + X not working issue in Windows 11 is resolved.