An alternative is to install and configure AutoHotKey. It can be found at:
While this is not an application that the computer illiterate will feel comfortable with, it could be a solution to the problem stated in this tread. It will also give you some gaming advantage. Essentially, it gives you the ability of reprogramming any key or combo to output a single key or a complex sequence of keys.
For example, you could configure Alt+F5 through AlT+F12 as your media control keys and Alt+F1 through Alt+F3 as those great kill sequences that you now do manually. So, for example, Press Alt and F1 and your player executes a string of actions like turn left 180, fire, fire, fire, turn left 180, run.
This just scratches the surface of what it can do but I thought I'd limit it to the thread subject.
Oh, It's also open source and well supported.