Disabling NumLock Key

For me, the NumLock and CapsLock keys are relics of the past, and are now the two most annoying keys on the standard keyboard. Every time I want to type in a number with more than say 3 digits, I find it easier to use the number pad, but I find i am forced to look down and check the num lock light status and/or attempt to type to see if num lock is activated, or otherwise risk having to re-type everything because numlock was off. Which surprising is most of the time for some reason, even though I ensure num-lock is activated on boot-up in the bios. Caps lock key is not as bad, I don’t seem to bump that on as much as the num-lock key but heck, when was the last time you actually wanted to write an entire sentence in ALL CAPS? I hope not recently. Anyway, there’s an easy way to disable these keys on Windows and Linux as follows:

Linux (Mint)
1. Open Keyboard Layout preferences
2. On the Layouts tab, press ‘Options’, then you can configure caps lock and numlock to behave more sensibly as shown in the following two screenshots:

linux-caps-lock

linux-num-lock

Windows 7
To do this on Windows 7:

Download NumLocker, install and configure via system tray icon.

I also tried SharpKeys but it didn’t work for me after rebooting.