Windows logo key behaves as pressed after you use an RDP session

Applies to: Windows Server 2019, all versionsWindows Server 2016Windows 10 More

Symptoms


Consider the following scenario:

  • You start a Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) session to a remote computer.
  • In one of the following two scenarios:
    • The Apply Window key combinations setting in MSTSC.exe is set to Only when using the full screen under the Local Resources tab, and you maximize the RDP session window.
    • The Apply Window key combinations setting in MSTSC.exe is set to On the remote computer under the Local Resources tab.
  • You do the following actions on the keyboard in the given order:

    • Press and hold the L key.
    • Press and hold the Windows logo key.
    • Release the L key.
    • Release the Windows logo key.
  • You disconnect the RDP session or switch to a local window.

In this scenario, Windows behaves as if the Windows logo key remains pressed. For example, when you press R, the Run box opens. When you press E, File Explorer starts.

Workaround


To work around this issue, press the Windows logo key again.