Look in your task list for PrivacyClientIcon.exe. This seems to trap the Shift-Esc keystroke for its own purposes. I disabled it on my new Win7 system and Shift-Esc now works again.

(The entry in msconfig is "PIconStartup".)

John Maassel
Bob Evans Farms, Inc

-----Original Message-----
From: midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Evan Harris
Sent: Thursday, May 17, 2012 11:15 PM
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion
Subject: Re: System Request (Shift+Esc) doesn't work on Win 7

Probably a hangover from when System Request was the shifted state of the Attention key on a terminal.
Similar to using Ctrl as the enter key bcause that's where it was on the old twinax display devices.

Place I worked at used to call it the "System Requires Attention Key".
I gave up trying to educate them - it was like trying to hold back the tide.

On Fri, May 18, 2012 at 3:02 PM, John Yeung <gallium.arsenide@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Thu, May 17, 2012 at 6:09 PM, Sam_L <lennon_s_j@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
It's just annoying to retrain yourseft when you've hit Shift+Esc for
20 years and can do it in your sleep.

Do you know if it's a hardware issue? Do you know if pressing
Shift+Esc is registering as nothing at all, or it's registering as
something, just not Shift+Esc?

If the problem is some other program intercepting this key combo,
perhaps you can see if hotkey software can preempt *that* program.
For example, I use AutoHotkey. If the *keyboard* is still working,
and sending the codes for Shift+Esc when that is what you press, then
maybe you can use the hotkey software as a go-between to reroute past
the problematic program.

For me, even though I am as much a creature of habit as anyone, long
ago I switched to using just plain Esc as my SysReq. I kept the
Shift+Esc intact, so I could press the Shift or not and it would work
either way, but eventually I noticed myself getting used to the
unshifted keypress, and now Shift+Esc seems horribly cumbersome.

Good luck in any case!


Evan Harris
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