Can't use UK keyboard layout at login

Discussion in 'Microsoft Windows 2000 Deployment' started by Chris, Aug 25, 2004.

  1. Chris

    Chris Guest


    I'm deploying Win2k SP4 machines from a RIS server
    including the UK regional settings. A problem came to
    light because we enforce the strong password policy GPO.
    Some users use the '@' symbol in their passwords, but when
    they type it in at the login screen, they get the US
    keyboard layout & so actually type '"'!

    I can't seem to find a way to enforce the UK keyboard
    layout at the login screen, even if I make UK default &
    delete US layout completely. Here's the section of my
    riprep.sif file from the RIPrep image folder which
    includes the UK keyboard layout:


    and it's the same in the CD-based image ristndrd.sif file
    too. Machines built from this end up with both the UK & US
    layouts, defaulting to the UK layout. I can't seem to
    exclude the US layout in the RIPrep build.

    Any ideas?
    Chris, Aug 25, 2004
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  2. Hi

    You need the following lines:

    KeyboardLayout="United Kingdom"

    Also, if you haven't already got this, you'll want it too.


    If you want to fiddle with machines you've already deployed, try importing
    this registry file on a test machine.

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Keyboard Layout\Preload]

    Hope this helps

    Oli Restorick [MVP], Aug 26, 2004
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  3. Chris

    Chris Guest

    Thanks for the reply, Oli. Found it was down to an
    individual RIPrep image not installing the correct layout,
    so all machines of that type ended up with the problem.
    Not really sure why, because I tried making changes to
    the .sif file as you suggested, but the US keyboard was
    still the default at logon. Ended up re-imaging for that
    type of machine.

    The hint with the registry will be useful, though as I
    should be able to mop up machines that have already used
    the old image.

    Cheers - Chris.
    Chris, Sep 1, 2004
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