I was frustrated that there wasn't an easy way to lock the screen on my ThinkPad G40 running Windows XP. According to Microsoft, you press
Windows Key + L to lock the screen. But the ThinkPad doesn't have a
Then I found the ThinkPad Keyboard Customizer Utility for Windows XP. I installed it, as well as its required additional packages: ThinkPad HotKey Driver and ThinkPad Power Management Driver. To complete the installation of each utility, I ran the setup programs. For example, to install the Keyboard Customizer, I clicked
Start / Run, and typed
C:\DRIVERS\WIN\KEYCUSTM\SETUP in the
Open box, and clicked
OK. After installing all three utilities, I rebooted Windows.
After rebooting, I selected
Start / All Programs / ThinkVantage / Keyboard Customizer Utility. The Keyboard Customizer screen appeared:
It showed that the
Right Alt Key is mapped to the
Windows Key. I selected
Enable key assignments and clicked
Apply, and I had a working
Windows key. I pressed
Right Alt + L to lock the screen, and it worked.