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Setting default input language for all EXISTING user profiles

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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

Paul Truswell
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User's current keyboard layout is configured in registry: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Keyboard Layout\Preload\1, of which data contains the keyboard locale
You can use a script to change this setting and it will take effect after next logon.

Create a batch file with the following line (not 100% sure whether UK locale is 00000809):
  reg add "HKCU\Keyboard Layout\Preload" /v 1 /d 00000809 /f
and let user run it manually or if you are using AD put it in the user's logon script.

hope this helps
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