Get Print Screen, Scroll Lock, and Break on an Apple keyboard in Windows XP

The following walkthrough was submitted to macwindows.com a few years ago by one Todd Miller, and seems to work well for anyone who, through whatever circumstance, is using a Mac / Apple keyboard on their PC. For the truly lazy, here’s the actual .reg file you’ll be creating as a zipped download: Remap Apple Keyboard F13-F15 for Windows (2117). Just unpack it and double-click it to change the registry to remap the appropriate keys to F13-F15. NB: This probably won’t work for G4 (black on clear) Mac keyboards. The reason is the numpad, which inexplicably has a second “=” on it, even though there’s one right next to the “delete” key (hey Apple, how’s about one less = and one more mouse button, eh?). If you have a G4 keyboard, scroll down past these instructions–you’ll need to install a small app, but there’s still hope for you too.

1. On your PC, copy the following lines into a text file. NB: There is a break between 5F and 00 for formatting in this blog. Please make sure to remove any spaces when creating your .reg file.

REGEDIT4

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout]

"Scancode Map"=hex:00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,04,00,00,00,46,E0,5F,
00,46,00,5E,00,37,E0,5D,00,00,00,00,00

2. Rename the text file remap.reg.

3. Double click on the file remap.reg and answer yes to the question about adding the information to the registry.

4. Reboot.

Function keys are now remapped to their PC equivalents.

For G4 style keyboards

1. Download and install a small app called KeyTweak from the following site.

2. Either play around to tweak your keyboard in KeyTweak, or just download the .ktw file that remaps your PrintScreen key: Remap Print Screen for Apple G4 Keyboard (1565)

3. If you are playing around with KeyTweak, I highly recommend ‘Half Teach Mode.’ In this mode, you type a key to let KeyTweak get the key number, then click on a virtual keyboard to remap it to the desired key. It’s very straightforward and KeyTweak shows you the full name of the keys you’re remapping, as well as the number assigned by Windows to it.
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