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Starting Windows XP without keyboard

By t0mek ·
Has anyone been able to boot Windows XP without keyboard and mouse attached (e.g. server rebooting) and then been able to get Windows to recognize attached keyboard?
I know it will recognize a USB keyboard, but not a PS/2 keyboard if it wasn't there at boot time

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by CG IT In reply to Starting Windows XP witho ...

only USB

a keyboard is required by the BIOS to be present during POST for boot up to the O/S or an error is generated and POST is halted [unless you specifically change the Halt On error during POST]. If no keyboard is present but POST is allowed to continue to boot to the O/S, the BIOS reports to the O/S no keyboard present. Therefore it won't recognize a keyboard plugged into the PS/2 port after boot because the O/S has been told one is not there.

Servers usually have a keyboard present unless they are remotely administered and a keyboard isn't necessary. Admins take a keyboard way from the server as an added security measure. If someone were to get into the server room, they still wouldn't be able to get into the server. no keyboard.

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by BorgInva In reply to Starting Windows XP witho ...

I have a PC that has no keyboard or mouse attached and it boots. I use a remote program to maintain it. Sometimes it will see a mouse when I plug it into the PS2 port. So it is possible. My USB ports are dead on this PC so I can not try them.

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by t0mek In reply to Starting Windows XP witho ...

You do not necessarily have to have your keybord and/or mouse present at boot time. It is possible to disable the searchfor them in BIOS. It is possible to boot any operating system without them.
I was only wondering whether it is possible to create a Windows registry key to enable windows to see keyboard and mouse even if they weren't present at boot time. Windows 95 could do it. So can Linux. But not Windows 2000/3 or XP or any Win Server.

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by phope929 In reply to

Can anybody help me on how to enable PS/2 keyboard even it is not plug when booting-up WIN XP? I will use it in my POS machine.

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