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Win XP - confused about languages

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Last Modified: 2012-05-09
Our product is WinXP-based and displays in multiple languages by loading appropriate resource strings to display.  This is configured through a dialog raised by our product.  We're using an English (American) version of Windows.

Everything works fine, but now we'd like to support foreign-language keyboards.  Let's take German as an example.

I have a German overlay for my US-English keyboard.  Shift-3 on the English keyboard is #, on the German keyboard it should be a mark that looks like two intertwined S characters.  The Euro symbol is on the E key -- seems like Alt-E.  We'd like the user to be able to enter

I configured the system for German:
   Control Panel | Regional and Language Settings
   Regional options set to German (probably doesn't matter)
   Languages tab | Settings tab | default input language set to German
                                                   Installed Services shows both English and German, with German keyboard highlighted
                            | Advanced tab | checked "Extend support of advanced text..."

After reboot, everything is in English.  Entering Shift-3 into Notepad still gives # sign.

Looking at MUI might the the wrong tree to bark up, but C:\WINDOWS\mui\muisetup shows English as the only option.

I've taken this about as far as I can go without help.  I do *not* want to go the route of requiring a German version of WIndows...that would be another verification task and our road map for the year is already planned out.
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