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Japanese keyboard in English Windows

Q: Japanese keyboard in English Windows

I am currently in japan so naturally when I bought a new keyboard it is a japanese keyboard. It has romanji and kana on the keys. When I first installed it the system treated it like a normal us keyboard. Also the extra keys that allow you to switch between input modes do not work. I did some searching and found how to get most of the layout correct. However the yen key still does not work. Also the extra japanese keys do not work at all. I have the logicool k200 media keyboard and as I said it is the japanese version. It has 3 extra keys next to the space bar and the key left of 1 which tilde on a normal us keyboard also has japanese symbols on it. Also I used the lang bar after switching the keyboard layout to japanese to switch to kana. After doing this it did type kana symbols but they did not match the kana symbol on the key. I don`t know much japanese yet but I would like to be able to use my keyboard as designed so when I do want to type in japanese I can use the buttons on the keyboard to switch modes and also type the yen character.

Preferred Solution: Japanese keyboard in English Windows

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: Japanese keyboard in English Windows

Hi eagled2, welcome to the forums

You may have already tried but here goes anyway

1, Open up control panel and click 'Change keyboards or other input methods'

2, Click 'Change keyboards' followed by 'Add'

3, Select 'Japanese' from the dropdown list and click OK

This should no install the driver & layout for the japanese keyboard

Hope it helps


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I changed the OS language to English, but Dell updates are still showing up in Japanese. Help?

A:Changed Windows 10 OS Language to English from Japanese But Dell Updates Still in Japanese?

Where did you buy the computer?  Did it come with Japanese as default?  If you bought it in Japan its possible they installed the Japanese language only versions of the Dell programs and you would be stuck with them.  You could go to the support page for your computer and download the English versions if there are any.

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I have been given a laptop to look at that has a japanese keyboard. When i try to get any symbol like @, which is on the same key as [, i only get the [ symbol. This happens regardless if i press the shift key. I have tried loads of combinations but nothing works. I have also noticed that when i try to use keyboard shortcuts like ctrl + F for find, the help screen opens. He only wants to use this laptop for english so is there anyone who has come across this issue or knows how to sort it.
Below is a link to a picture of the keyboard itself


I have messed about with the settings in regional and language settings but have had no luck either.

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I recently bought a second-hand Protege R830 notebook with a Japanese keyboard.

It's a real pain. I want to replace it with an English one.

Can I do that?

Thank you.

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I have a DELL Insprion 2400 with Windows XP Office Edition insalled (I know its so old lol). So I was fooling around, trying to make the Japanese carhters show on my computer and messed around and changed the keyboard layout to Japanese from English. I restarted the computer when I tired to enter my password on the Welcome logon screen it wouldn't accept it. I don't have the windows software CD to try to do a system restore and I'm not sure if you can even do a system rstore if you can't logon. I've tried just about everything that I could think of and nothing has worked. At this point I dont care if I losse everything on the computer I just need it to work. Could someone please help me or at least point me in the right direction to get this issue solved. How can I fix this???

A:Keyboard layout changed to Japanese cant change back to English

If you still have English listed as one of your languages, you should be able to navigate through your listed languages using CTRL+SHIFT, even from the login screen.

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I just bought a Notebook PC in Japan and it came with Japanese Windows XP Home Edition. I would like to install English Windows XP on the PC. I don't need the Japanese version.

I have 2 English Windows XP CDs: Home upgrade and Home OEM.

How can I install the English version on to the PC with Japanese version of Windows XP Home edition?

Is it also possible to maintain the Japanese version and operate with the English version? If yes, how can it be done? The PC has 2 HDDs: C and D.

I will very much appreciate your help. Thanks in advance.

A:Installing English Windows XP on PC with Japanese XP

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I would like to know if I can install and run Japanese applications on an English-based version of Windows 10. This was not possible on any version up to and including Windows 8. The best one would hope for was to change the default language of menus, etc.
For example, in Win 8, if I have installed the English version, I cannot install the Japanese version of InDesign, which has many features not available in the English version of the program. When I tried installing the English InDesign on a Japanese Windows 7, it didn't take either.
The people at Dell Japan wrote today that all I have to do in their pre-installed Japanese version of Win 10 is go to the "language and region settings", but surely this cannot be right. I have hunted through the Windows page but came up empty-handed.
Can anyone show me where to find a definitive answer to this question? Thanks (in advance.)

A:Japanese applications on English Windows 10 and vice-versa

Have you tried to load the Japanese Language Pack (Control Panel -> Languages, Add Language), set your time/date settings to Japanese and your region to Japan? I think this last one, your region, is what makes the version install or not. If you have done all these and changed the default display language to Japanese, you should be able to install the Japanese version without any issue. To make sure you have to e-mail Adobe. Here in Greece, we can install the English version and then install the Greek Language Pack if we want Greek interface. I'm not aware though of any program requiring a specific Windows language to install. My problems usually arise from legacy (non-Unicode) programs that try to display Greek and display garbage because the language for non-Unicode programs (in Regional Settings) is set to English US rather than Greek. Once we change it to Greek and restart all legacy programs display correctly in Greek. The only advantage using a Greek Windows version is that all settings are automatically set to Greek, so a novice user has nothing to worry about. But in earlier Windows there were some compatibility bugs in the Greek version that were not in the English version. I remember some Greek programs did not display correctly in the Greek version (probably due to incorrect font settings) and displayed fine in the English version after we had changed the language for non-Unicode programs to Greek! So some of us more advanced users often avoided the Greek version... Read more

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Failed to install .NET Framework 4.5.2 Japanese language pack on English version of Windows 8.1.

I changed UI language to Japanese from English in Control panel on Win8.1. Then, I installed .NET Framework Japanese language pack.
However, the installer stopped installation and shows messages like an "Unsupported environment".
Is there any way to install Japanese language pack?


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I just bought a computer with Japanese XP and want to install a separate partition with English XP. I figured I could use Partition Magic to do this, but according to the PowerQuest site, you cannot run English Partition Magic from Japanese Windows. I wouldn't be able to read the Japanese Parition Magic menus to create a separate partition, so I am kinda stumped. The only alternative is to wipe the hard drive and install English Windows from scratch, but I wanted to make sure English Windows would run happily before I wiped out the Japanese drivers. Any ideas?

A:Japanese to English XP

closing duplicate, view this thread

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My Son bought a Toshiba Dynabook T5/x16pme when he was in Japan, and of course the xp software is in Japanese. I have a windows xp in english but have tried everything I know of to format and load the english version, but so many things have happened I am to the point where I believe it would be far simpler to just erase the hard drive clean as he has no personal information on it that he wants to save and then reinstall the English version.
We have no CD or anything that came with the laptop. We can not use fdisk or any feature as its in Japanese and we cant read it. any suggestions.???

A:Japanese to English

Does he have a valid license to use if you install your English version? Just install your version and make sure to use the key he got in Japan. There is no way to my knowledge to accomplish a language conversion.

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I just bought a computer with Japanese XP and want to install a separate partition with English XP. I figured I could use Partition Magic to do this, but according to the PowerQuest site, you cannot run English Partition Magic from Japanese Windows. I wouldn't be able to read the Japanese Parition Magic menus to create a separate partition, so I am kinda stumped. The only alternative is to wipe the hard drive and install English Windows from scratch, but I wanted to make sure English Windows would run happily before I wiped out the Japanese drivers. Any ideas?

A:Japanese to English XP

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I have a new Windows 8 laptop with a US keyboard. When I set the display language as English (United Kingdom), it says "Unavailable in this version of Windows". Please tell me how to use English (United Kingdom) as Windows display language with an English
(United States) keyboard layout.

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I am using a Windows XP system and I've had a problem with my ime files, my default language is chinese on my laptop, and I used to be able to use Japanese as well. But it stopped becoming available. I tried to copy and paste an IME folder from my friends computer, then realised she used it in Russian, and now some of my programs like my software for downloads, show text in Russian or just jibberish. When I go to add Japanese language file it does not show the IME option only shows an option for American or Chinese keyboard, none of which will even work/appear in the language bar as an option.
Will I need the Windows XP CD to fix this problem? Or is there a file I can download to have the Japanese IME option, so I can change between Chinese and Japanese keyboard.

Thank you so much for your time. I'm not sure what other information I can post about the problem that will be useful.

A:language options - japanese IME does not show, cannot add Japanese keyboard

You would need to change the Unicode to Japanese in the third tab in Regional and Language. Japanese doesn't figure in my list under the first tab either but if you change the Unicode and restart, you may find it on your XP CD and be able to add it in.


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I have a Dell Inc. Inspiron 6000 that I am using for work. Unfortunately for me, the computer was brought over from Japan by my boss, so it is running a Japanese version of Windows XP. Yesterday when attempting to turn on the computer, it failed to boot properly, instead displaying an error message:
windows\system32\config file corrupt or missing and it never loads the Operating System. When I run a diag I get"DST Short staus test fail...Error code 1000-0142...unit 4....Drive Self Test Failed..status byte 75. After reading previous threads, I know that I need to reboot from the windows cd. However I don't have the original Japanese windows xp cd... Would an english version work?

A:XP English vs Japanese compatability

DST is a HDD failure, reinstalling the OS won't help until after you've replaced the HDD. After which point, yes, you should be able to just use an english XP CD to reinstall the OS.

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My son bought a Vista laptop in LA. You can check it out at the link below.

It has an English OS. He can read Japanese on it. But he also needs to write it. My understanding is that Vista has that functionality. How can he enable that?


A:How to Write Japanese on a PC with an English OS

There are two ways that I know of to do this. The first is that he can get Vista ultimate and download the Japanese language pack, or, he can get software that will write in it. You also may just be able to change the regional settings to Japan but I have never tried this.

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I do not read Japanese and I'm having trouble installing the English MUI. To be honest, I'm not certain I have the right MUI. Anyone able to walk me through the process? Many domos!

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they make it so tricky to get anything done,

ok well this question interested me
I have a japanese computer and it came with a key number that is running ubuntu(I really hate japanese windows) but i want to install xp english on it

can i use the japanese serial key to install an english version?
is anything in the microsoft world as easy and straight forward as that?

just wondered ,
got a feeling you'll answer both my questions with one word.

A:Change Japanese XP to English?

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Hi Gang -

Is it difficult to configure an English XP OS to also contain a Japanese XP OS? My Msft Windows XP book shows step by step procedures for changing to more common foreign languages such as French & German, but does not mention Asian languages.
In this situation I will also be dealing with 2 keyboards - English & Japanese. Do I use a USB connection for the second keyboard? Hmmm - very interesting --

Thanks for your input - Monique

A:2 Languages - English & Japanese

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Hello everyone, not sure if this goes here.

I live in Japan and I'm from America. I have set my PC to view everything in English.

But, some programs that I have loaded will only display in Japanese. Mostly this are the programs from Asus.

I have sent several mails about this and have heard nothing from them. So I was wondering if anyone has had this problem and knows how to fix it?



A:Some programs dispay Japanese not English

Hello Zapps, welcome to the Seven Forums.

Do you have your Control Panel > Region and language > Location set to Japan? If so, change it to USA.


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Has anyone experience an application such as the one I use called Roland Versaworks change from the English language to Japanese language? I am trying to prove to my higher level IT that EMET 5.2.5546.19547 could be the culprit.

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I live in Japan and have a new Dell with Vista Home Premium. The OS is the Japanese version. When I select a company that has a Japanese website as well as an English one, IE7 automatically redirects me to the Japanese site even though I chose the English site. How can I stop this?

A:IE7 Redirects Me from English to Japanese Sites

Hi InfoHungry, sorry for the late reply.

In Japan and with a Japanese OS I guess it would be the default behaviour on most websites. Have you set your language to english in Windows ?

Try deleting the cookies.

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I have a game I want to join that is hosted in Japan I was hoping there may be some pay to translate the webpage where you sing up. Here is the link to the page,


Any suggestions would be much appreciated

A:Translating Japanese to English In a browser

Translated version of http://ipas.isao.net/signup_psu/psu/

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Hi all

Does anyone know how easy/difficult this is? Im in Japan at the moment and thinking of buying a new laptop before I go home in Sept. Theyre a lot cheaper here but they all have Japanese OS. Is it easy to change etc?

Any ideas are greatly appreciated

A:Changing OS system from Japanese to English


Found this on Microsoft's site. However, it seems to be based on an english based system. You'd have to do little more detective work it seems. Unless you have an english based system right next to your japanese one.



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I'm not entirely sure how this happened, and i'm pulling my hair out trying to fix it. Many installation programs are showing up in Japanese, as well as / showing as ¥. I've checked the region and languages settings in the control panel, under the keyboards and languages tab, "Display Language" option doesn't show up. Attachment shows the issue i'm having. Any help would be appreciated, if i need to provide more info, i'll try my best. Thanks.

A:Language Issues, japanese showing instead of English


Even I am facing the same problem. I bought the parts in japan and assembled it but the OS is in English. While installing drivers the installer was in Japanese. Also my keyboard layout is japanese.

Now the programs which I had in English before are getting installed in Japanese when I am doing the installation. I manually changed the language of some programs but I can't find the option in other as they are all in Japanese. I thought it was taking the location from internet and installed without the internet but they still got installed in Japanese.

How do I stop this? Some help would be really appreciated.

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Hello, I am considering to buy a Surface Pro 4. If I buy the English version of the machine and add the Japanese language pack, can I run the Japanese version of software? Will that be fully compatible? Some of the filenames are in Japanese. Same question but in the case of buying a Windows 10 installation disk and install it on a Mac running bootcamp.

What are the differences between English version of Windows 10 + Japanese language pack vs. Japanese version of Windows 10 ?

A:Japanese software compatibility under the English version

Hey petercohen8877,

I was curious, so I did some checking.

It appears that this same question was posted before, in here. Have a look at THIS thread. There was some discussion, but I'm not sure it there was a clear answer or not.


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How i can change the language of my laptop from Japanese to English language?

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The title says it all. I just recently transferred all my files on to a new account. The first thing that I noticed is that the Start screen wasn't 100% in English. So I looked in my language thingy, everything is in English. I have no idea what's going on

A:Japanese on Start Screen -- Wanting English

Open Control Panel/language and make sure Japanese is not listed as the primary language - use Move down to prioritise. Also check Advanced Options for your preferences.

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I want to reformat a laptop that is bought from my father abroad. But sadly I don't understand what it says, I just want to make it boot CD/USB first. But its giving me hard time. And also, It won't the desktop. I mean when it starts, and when the Login window appear. Everytime I try to login, it will just show the background and the sound. But after a few seconds, it will logoff back. Maybe its because when I try to use the anti-virus Avast during startup and the laptop suddenly lost its power. (I forgot to charge it) Maybe thats the cause, because I pick "Delete all" whenever it finds a virus. And this virus named "virot" keeps on popping everytime it scans a .exe file. Thats the reason why I want to reformat this laptop.

Btw, here are the pictures I want to translate to english.


A:English translation of this Chinese/Japanese BIOS

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Hi all,

I have searched all over the net for a solution and can't find one. First, a description of the problem:
The Language Bar is showing up fine. I can use Chinese and alternative English keyboard layouts without any problems. However, I can't use Japanese at all. It is not even shown as an option when I click the button to change languages. Furthermore, keyboard shortcuts don't work.

I got it to show the Japanese option when I "restored" the Language Bar, right clicked it, and turned it vertical, but after turning it back to horizontal, the option disappeared. Desperate to get it back, I turned it back to vertical. It's no longer there either way!

I heard that a Windows Vista Update removed some guy's Japanese language support completely. He fixed it with System Restore. But I'm using Windows XP Pro and there's so many updates I don't know when to restore to and I don't want to restore.

Any ideas? Thanks in advance.

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when i go to a japanese site all the text charecters are just boxes, how can i view this in english and write on these sites in english eventhough its japanese?

A:how to read & write english on japanese sites?

What browser are you using and what is the operating system of your computer?

Windows XP has a "Regional and Language" Settings Control Panel. That panel has a Languages tab with a checkbox to install support for East Asian languages. The installation uses about 230 MB of disk space.

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I just bought a new laptop (ASUS K53E). I'm currently in Japan and bought laptop here. I'm stuck at the set up page where I have to choose the region and languages. I would prefer English as main language, but I'm afraid I will have problems later with Japanese keyboard, I use both English and Japanese in daily life. There are two things, language and keyboard, that I can choose the language for. And the physical keyboard is Japanese (qwerty with additional buttons).
Also can I add more languages later on? If I plan to add one more language which keyboard is best for initial set up?

Would be grateful for any tips, its a first time I bought laptop outside of Europe.

A:choosing a language for a new laptop English and Japanese

Be sure to make your Recovery Disks and preserve the Recovery partition if you reinstall so that you can revert to the state you received the computer and hopefully make these Setup choices again if needed in the future.

Otherwise languages are only interchangeable when you have Ultimate which provides all of the language packs via optional Windows Updates.

However reinstall with another language is sometimes possible depending upon the region of your license even though the license is language-specific. The choices you have now should also be available by finding an installer for that language to clean reinstall, then activate with the Product Key on COA sticker. However you may have to try it to find out for sure, so be sure to preserve your factory Recovery options and and Win7 backup image of your install after setup.

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I want to change my Japanese VAIO notebook into English because i cant understand its Japanese Windows ME and Japanese Microsoft Office. Is it simple reformatting of the hard drive only then installing my Windows 98 OS and Microsoft Office English version? Please I need answers right now... your help will be greatly appreciated...

A:Convert Japanese notebook computer to English

My friend has a Dell notebook and his OS is window 2000 (German) so he didn't understand it at all, so he e-mail dell and ask them about reinstalling the OS to a win XP and was told that he had to go get all the driver for his notebook from the Dell German website (in which he could'nt because he didn't understand German. My advice is to have all your driver for the notebook that is going to be use on the new OS ready before you do anything and ask sony support about what can be done to obtain the driver.

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Hello all -

I am trying to do a Windows 7 reinstall from my Samsung Recovery disk, as I have a Samsung laptop. I have received the infamous "windows could not format a partition on disk 0...Error code: 0x80070057" error. Through researching this forum it seems the diskpart program is used to troubleshoot. However, the program only displays English from the command lines or numbers (i.e. - 465 GB). Everything else is displayed as Chinese or Japanese characters. Is there a way to change the language to all English? Thanks.

A:Diskpart not in English. Displaying Chinese or Japanese characters

Hello richarmb Welcome to the Seven Forums!

With a factory recovery disk that should automatically reformat and reOS the drive for you. That works along with the hidden recovery partition to bring everything back to how you saw the preinstall when first buying the laptop.

Since the manufacturer is actually South Korean with a US product and support site. Samsung - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia the default language for non user items would be in the native language and unfortunately not flexible like adding language packs onto Windows itself. You're dealing with hard copy media not an OS already install in that sense.

The only option for a clean install with an English version of the Disk Part tool would be borrowing someone else's 7 dvd and then entering the key on the sticker itself. But you shouldn't even be needing Disk Part with any factory restore option.

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japanese and english operating system. dual boot?



I am a new born forum participant. i hope a fondly thought of child.
I am living in japan and just purchased a dynabook tw/670ls. naturally it has a japanese operating system, and though i would like to maintain it(my wife is japanese) i struggle with all the kanji and would like to install a dual english operating system. importantly i need to install english software on the computer and don`t want conflicts. is partitioning the hd and dual booting it the business? would microsoft be kind hearted enough to supply me with an english version of xp as i have a japanese version ?(perhaps a foolish question but worth a stab). how do i go about this migrain task? yes i am a novice, but once even dearly held kathy freeman crawled.

if you can help me, a thousand cheers.

A:english and japanese operating system. dual boot?

Try this: http://www.microsoft.com/globaldev/reference/win2k/setup/changeui.mspx

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I have a huge Onenote 2013 Onebook that involves hundreds of individual sections. It was developed entirely in English. Some of my colleagues need this notebook in Japanese.

I know how to share the English notebook with them -- and also that Onenote has a translate option -- and that we need the Japanese Language pack for the most effective translation.

My question is -- is it possible to have in ONE Notebook all the information in BOTH English and Japanese? For example, i was thinking about for each notebook section having the top page be English , then using the translate option and inserting the translated text to a new page in the same section. Is this the best way to do this or are there other options? We have in our US office a translator that knows English/Japanese but is unfamiliar with how OneNote works so I'm trying to help her with that side of things.

I'm thinking I could probably just send the English version to my co-workers and they set their OneNote programs to Japanese but I need to make sure that all the translations are accurate before I just trust OneNote to do the translating (hence the translator needs to review OneNotes's translations). This is medical and nutritional data so its critical that the translation is accurate and FDA compliant.

Does anyone have experience with this or could point me where to go to learn more about this?

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Hello I want to buy orginal keyboard english only or english/arabic with silver frame with backlit feature for lenovo z50-70 core i7I am from egypt Please help me  Thanks

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Hi all, My Japanese keyboard which has Japanese style does NOT work.I bought a lenovo laptop from Japan (lenovo G580 model 20150)I try to setup keyboard driver for the laptop but some buttons have not worked or return wrong values.I already tried changing compatible hardware to  Japanese PS/2 Keyboard (106/109 Key)Japanese PS/2 Keyboard (106/109 Key Ctrl + Eisuu) and Standard PS/2 Keyboard.All of them does NOT work.WINDOWS: 8.1Are there any suggestions for my case ?Thanks in advance!!!    

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I have already asked the question on one of MSDN forum and been told to put it here i don't know whether i have to write the same text here so am sharing the link for the history -


I just want to have the registry keys for some of the settings for Japanese keyboard. Please let me know any way how can i do it, i tried my best but was unable to find it anywhere.

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I have already asked the question on one of MSDN forum and been told to put it here i don't know whether i have to write the same text here so am sharing the link for the history -


I just want to have the registry keys for some of the settings for Japanese keyboard. Please let me know any way how can i do it, i tried my best but was unable to find it anywhere.

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Hi, I have a Lenovo Flex 2 14 which came with a British keyboard but I noticed you can take off the keyboard and swap it out for another one - you can find backlit versions, or a version with a different layout. I got a keyboard for it with Japanese hiragana on it, but the laptop doesn't seem to recognise any of the extra keys this keyboard comes with which have key codes not used by other languages. These keys include: | -? \ ??????the ????, ???? and ???? toggleI would have assumed this was to do with the fact that these are keys from a 106/109 key layout as opposed to the standard 102 key, so I replaced the keyboard driver with Microsoft's 106/109 key keyboard driver, but that hasn't had any effect - it still can't see these keys being pressed. The ??/?? ?? key works because it uses the same key code as the tilde on other keyboards, but that's all. My hypothesis for why this might not be possible to fix is that the ribbon connection between the keyboard and the motherboard could only support 102-key layouts in Europe, and therefore the only way to be able to use these extra input conversion keys without a different motherboard altogether would be to use an external USB keyboard. I may have just made up what I said about the motherboard though, so does anyone know if there's a driver I can use to solve this problem and be able to use the extra keys? I can't just use a key mapper like KeyTweak ... Read more

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Hi - I just purchased a new Dell OptiPlex just a week before Windows 8 came out and have upgraded to Windows 8. 
I notice on the Dell product page for Dell OptiPlex 9010 that the keyboard Dell KB212-B is not compatible with Windows 8 and that a new Dell KB212-B + Windows option is available. 
What is the difference?   Why is one not compatible while the other is?

A:Dell KB212-B USB 104 Quiet Key Keyboard, English, Windows® 8

Hi S.Graham.H,
Technically, the keyboard should function regardless of the operating system. The new keyboards are shipped with the new Microsoft logo for the 'Windows'  key. Please share the link where you have check the compatibility of the keyboard.
Please reply if you have any questions.

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Bit silly question, can someone recocnize this layout and where to find this layout.Please look e.g. no1 key. its 1 and +. look question mark key. there is usually +  Its slightly annoying to browse some special characters. 

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So I purchased a Lenovo X1 Yoga in Japan and I absolutely hate Japanese keyboard layouts (anyone that has used one after using a US keyboard knows what I mean - a space bar that is smaller than the enter key, poor placement of certain keys, specifically ", ', and @. There is just no logic behind any of it and honestly, there is no need. One can easily type in Japanese, just fine, with a standard US English layout keyboard. Sorry, I guess I didn't need to state that, but perhaps it will help with SEO to ensure someone finds this page when searching for those keywords.  Anyway, I finally found the information I needed to swap this keyboard out (and throw it in the trash), even though Lenovo support in Japan basically told me it's not possible. It does seem like a huge undertaking though (as you basically have to dismantle the entire laptop to get the keyboard out). But it does seem as though the English keyboards are compatible with all X1 Yoga laptops (even my Japanese X1 Yoga). The Lenovo customer service staff told me to get FRU PN: 00JT864 (00JT864 N KBD,US,LB,screw,CHY,Backlit), which is the US English replacement keyboard. It's also specified on the PDF document  on this page (https://pcsupport.lenovo.com/us/en/solutions/PD103738 ) for the 20FR and 20FQ. Scroll half way down and you will see it.  However, I am having trouble finding the keyboard from a seller in Asia, with the same FRU #. When searching for 00JT864, the only source I can... Read more

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I have a japanese keyboard and recently I am unable to switch between Japanese and English. I have tried to remove the keyboard driver and re-install it but it doesnt work. I am using an English Windows XP pro OS. It was working fine about a week ago but for some reason it doesn't allow me to type in Japanese now. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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a relative asked me to install SP2 and some security software on her laptop computer. I did so, and the keyboard began to mis-behave. A check in control panel / keyboard reveals that the only keyboard entry there is for a 106 key Japanese keyboard.

So, how do I get the English keyboard back?

Have I posted this in the correct forum? Maybe this is a software issue?

All help gratefully accepted.

A:Japanese keyboard

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Hello to everybody,it is the first time I am posting on this forum and I thank in advance whoever would come here to help. I suspect my issue is very particular if not unique. As a matter of fact, after some days of digging throughout the internet, I haven't found a single reference to my problem, that is: my hardware keyboard layout is italian but I frequently need to write in japanese so I installed japanese language along with japanese IME input mode. But for the life of me I cannot get the hardware keyboard to type japanese characters. Japanese IME activates, the A for the romaji input shows up, and that's it. I cannot switch to the katakana or hiragana input.If I try to open the IME options windows this opens up for a second and then closes (as it had crashed).Same behaviour when I try to access those options from system settings. I tried to uninstall and reinstall 2 or 3 times without success. Anyway the touch keyboard works flawlessly with Japanese IME. I can enter any kind of japanese character. What can I do to type in japanese also on the hardware keyboard?

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