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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Keyboard Language On Login Screen Not Set To Default

When installing windows with default language not set to english and changing it after installation you will notice that on the login screen the language is set to the language selected during installation. To change it english you need to edit the registry key HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Keyboard Layout\Preload. In this key you will find probably 2 values named 1 and 2. You need to switch between the values so that the value named 1 will be set to 00000409 which is english. It happens to me when I get a new computer that is from a specific vendor and the OS is already installed.


Anonymous said...

The correct way to do it is through the regional settings UI.
1. Control panel->Regional..->Languages->Details
2. set the default language to laguage of your choice (i.e. english) and click OK
3. Now, in the Regional Options dialog, select advanced and check the "apply all settings to the current and the DEFAULT user profile".

Anonymous said...

If you see the language 'symbol' on the lower left of the Logon Screen, then try ALT+SHIFT to cycle through the defined languages.