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    Dvorak Keyboard (XP Pro)

    I noticed a friend having problems logging in at bootup. When he tries to enter the password it's incorrect. He has to switch from a Dvorak keyboard layout to US-English, then it's properly recognized. Is there a way to get rid of the Dvorak option, so that US-English is always selected?

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    Re: Dvorak Keyboard (XP Pro)

    Select the Regional and Language Settings control panel.
    Activate the Languages tab.
    Click Details...
    You can add, remove and edit keyboard layouts here.
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    Re: Dvorak Keyboard (XP Pro)

    Thanks Hans. I've passed on your solution.

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    Re: Dvorak Keyboard (XP Pro)

    Apparently that didn't fix the problem. He says that, regardless of what changes he makes once XP is booted, they don't seem to affect what happens at log-in, where the system seems to default to Dvorak and he has to manually change to the US English layout to have his password keystrokes recognized.

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    Re: Dvorak Keyboard (XP Pro)

    Apparently Dvorak is the keyboard layout for the default user (Windows uses the settings for the default user before you're logged in and after you're logged out.
    Let him try this:
    - Select Start | Run...
    - Type regedit and press Enter.
    - Navigate to <code>HKEY_USERS.DefaultKeyboard LayoutPreload</code>
    - I suspect that the entry named 1 is set to 00010409.
    - Change this to 00000409.
    - Click OK.
    Hopefully, this will be effective the next time he tries to log in.

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    Re: Dvorak Keyboard (XP Pro)

    "Yes... it worked. First time!", cried his elated friend, overcome with the joy of a solution that actually worked. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Dvorak Keyboard (XP Pro)

    <hr>Apparently Dvorak is the keyboard layout for the default user<hr>
    This is where I ask "Why?". Almost nobody has a Dvorak keyboard, so why on earth set it as the default? (My value shows as "00000809", just UK, I think).

    Am I right in thinking that a newly-created user gets their HK_USER entries copied straight from .DEFAULT? If so, it would make a default Dvorak keyboard even more odd...

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    Re: Dvorak Keyboard (XP Pro)

    Don't ask me! I have no idea why!

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    Re: Dvorak Keyboard (XP Pro)

    Here's one way it could have been set...

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    Re: Dvorak Keyboard (XP Pro)

    Yep, that's a possibility, but still, Dvorak must have been set as default by someone at some time - which is puzzling.

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