Setting default input language for all EXISTING user profiles
Posted on 2004-08-25
I have a new installation of Windows 2003 Server and 38 XP Pro Clients.
All is well with one notable exception - the Regional and Language Options are not set at the XP clients as I want them ie. English (United Kingdom) for all values. At the moment they are set to English (US). I am using UK format keyboards.
I have noted at the server that in Control Panel>Regional and Language Options>Advanced tab and in the bottom section "Default user account settings" you can tick a box next to the statement "Apply all settings to the current user account and to the default user profile". If you drag ? over this value the help text indicates that checking/ticking the box will affect "all new user accounts created on this computer".
So I gave it a go - I checked the box next to "Apply all settings to the current user account and to the default user profile" added a new (test) user and hey presto - correct input language applied! The crucial test being the availability of "£" sign which you should get (in the UK) when you press shift 3; also corrected are the shift 2 key which gives the " mark and @ which is paired with the single quote ' key. Unfortunately the change does not force itself onto existing user profiles (which is what I want it to do).
HERE'S THE CRUNCH QUESTION THEN ~ how do I get this change at the server level to apply to all EXISTING user profiles?? So that all users get the same English (United Kingdom) Input Language/Keyboard settings?? At the moment I am faced with re-making 30+ new user profiles just to fix this problem but if I do this it will in turn create a load more problems to replace it!!
Your help would be much appreciated :-)
Thanks in anticipation