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What to do when your media keys no longer work on your keyboard

If you are someone who loves to listen to music on your computer then the media keys (play, pause, volume etc) on your keyboard some of your heaviest used keys. But what do you do if these keys stop working? Well one option is to navigate to what ever music player you are using and use the controls within the software, but doing this over an over takes up a lot of time.

Here is how to fix your media keys so they start working again:

1. Go to Start
2. Search for and select ‘View local services’
3. Once that dialog opens scroll down to ‘Human Interface Device Access’ and open it
4. Make sure the service is running and if it is not click ‘Start’
5. Make sure the Startup Type is set to ‘Automatic’

Human Interface Device Access

If your keys still do not work then try restarting your computer. If after restarting your computer they are still not working I would recommend that you try ensuring that all of your drivers are up to date. You can do this by visiting the support section of your computer manufacturer or by using Driver Reviver.

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