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Set Keyboard Region to UK via GPO using Sever 2008 R2

Posted on 2010-08-27
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Hello, We have a good number of Windows 7 workstations on the domain with the wrong region set for the keyboard. We want to change from US to UK keyboard layout via a GPO. Had a look through the poliicy objects but nothing obvious. Can it be done or do I need a custom adm/script?

many Thanks, Aelara
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CLASS USER
CATEGORY "Custom Settings"
CATEGORY "Keyboard Layout"
POLICY "Set UK Keyboard Layout"
KEYNAME "Keyboard Layout\Preload"
VALUENAME 1
VALUEON 00000809
VALUEOFF ""
END POLICY ;Set UK Keyboard Layout
END CATEGORY ;Keyboard Layout
END CATEGORY ;Custom Settings


INSTRUCTIONS
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Step 1: Save the above code as keyboard.adm file into the folder C:Windows\inf on the server
Step 2: Create and link a new GPO (call it something like “Keyboard Layout”)
Step 3: Edit the Keyboard Layout GPO
Step 4: In the Group Policy Editor Window; under User Configuration, right click Administrative Templates and choose Add Template
Step 5: select the keyboard.adm template and click OK until you are returned to the Group Policy Editor window
Step 6: with Templates still selected on the left hand side, select view from the toolbar, and filtering
Step 7: make sure the bottom 2 tick boxes (“only show configured policy settings” and “only show policy settings that can be fully managed”) are un-ticked
Step 8: Browse to the following setting (using the view on the left hand side) User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Custom Settings > Keyboard Layout
Step 9: Enable the policy setting listed on the right hand side (“Set UK Keyboard Layout”)


The Part which says VALUEON:

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00000405     Czech
00000406     Danish
00000413     Dutch (Standard)
00000813     Dutch (Belgian)
00000409     English (United States)
00000809     English (United Kingdom)
00001009     English (Canadian)
00001409     English (New Zealand)
00000c09     English (Australian)
0000040b     Finnish
0000040c     French (Standard)
0000080c     French (Belgian)
0000100c     French (Swiss)
00000c0c     French (Canadian)
00000407     German (Standard)
00000807     German (Swiss)
00000c07     German (Austrian)
00000408     Greek
0000040e     Hungarian
0000040f     Icelandic
00001809     English (Irish)
00000410     Italian (Standard)
00000810     Italian (Swiss)
00000414     Norwegian (Bokmal)
00000814     Norwegian (Nynorsk)
00000415     Polish
00000816     Portuguese (Standard)
00000416     Portuguese (Brazilian)
00000418     Romanian
00000419     Russian
0000041b     Slovak
00000424     Slovenian
0000080a     Spanish (Mexican)
0000040a     Spanish (Traditional Sort)
00000c0a     Spanish (Modern Sort)
0000041d     Swedish
0000041f     Turkish
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by:Aelara
ID: 33540876
Many Thanks, I'm afraid i have lost you on step 6 and 7. With 'User Configuration - Policies - Administrative templates' highlighted, the options in the toolbar view menu are 'Filter on' and 'Filter Options'. I can't see the tick boxes described in step 7. I can jump from 5 to 8 and see the new policy file and enable it.

Many Thanks.
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by:Geek_Nabil
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Sorry i must have made a mistake as i was in a hurry,
Forget about steps 6, 7 and 8
You will find the Set UK Keyboard Layout under:
User configuration -> Policies -> Administrative Templates -> Classic Administrative Templates -> Custom Settings -> Keyboard Layout

Step 9: Enable the policy setting listed on the right hand side (“Set UK Keyboard Layout”)

Viola ;-)
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