Virtual keyboard won’t show up after killing explorer.exe

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I have an application where I have to restrict users from using Windows functionality, so I do this by killing the explorer.exe process, and launching my application in fullscreen.

Everything worked fine until the Windows 10 1709 (Fall Creators) update, when the virtual keyboard won’t show up anymore (when touching a text-box, or some any other user-input widget).

How can this be fixed (without downgrading the OS)?

The application is written in WPF, and it runs on a Surface 3 tablet.


Got it, y’all. I don’t need to kill explorer anymore so the keyboard shows up.

I’m using Win 10 Home.
Here’s the fix: (This will disable all edge swipe, but shouldn’t mess with other gesture stuff.)

  Open regedit.exe, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindowsEdgeUI
    (If EdgeUI is not present, Add a new key under Windows, named EdgeUI.)
  Set AllowEdgeSwipe value to zero (0).
    (If AllowEdgeSwipe is not present, add a new DWORD and name it AllowEdgeSwipe, then set to 0.)

That’s it. You may or may not have to reboot.


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