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Removing the US Keyboard option from newly deployed workstations with MDT

Posted on 2013-06-20
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Hello,

I’m using MDT to deploy windows 7 and I’m having a few issues removing the US keyboard as an option on newly deployed workstations

I found this post http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-vista/Apply-regional-and-language-settings-to-reserved-accounts

But this looks like a manual task and was wondering if there was a way to script it

Thanks
Joe
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by:mcsween
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This article talks about how to change these settings in the image you deploy from.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd744360(v=ws.10).aspx

This talks about how to change it after deploying.  You have to create a custom XML file and apply it at the command line.  You should be able to do this in your task sequence near the end.
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-ie/goglobal/bb964650(en-us).aspx
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by:InnocentDrinks
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thank you for your reply ,

is this not the same .xml file that is used when installing the OS ( sorry i'm new to this ) i have been editing the unatended.xml file with windows system image manager, is it not possible to do it there ?

is there any reg keys that i could make a .bat file to remove them ?

thanks
Joe
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This is not the same as the unattend.xml.  You have to change the settings in the image you deploy directly or create a language xml file and apply it with the following command:
control intl.cpl,, /f:"filename.xml"

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This command can be put in a batch file and run from a task sequence.
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i'm really really sorry , but now your confusing me , i need to remove the US not install the UK .

i have UK and US showing in the Language bar when i only want it to show UK
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by:James Haywood
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Easiest way is to set the UK locale and keyboard in your customsettings.ini

SkipLocaleSelection=YES
UILanguage=en-GB
UserLocale=en-GB
KeyboardLocale=0809:00000809
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thanks you , i have already set that as a ruel ( see below ) but its not getting rid of the US keyboard

[Settings]
Priority=Default
Properties=MyCustomProperty

[Default]
OSInstall=Y
SkipCapture=NO
SkipAdminPassword=YES
SkipProductKey=YES
SkipComputerBackup=NO
SkipBitLocker=YES
InputLocale=0809:00000809
SystemLocale=0809:00000809
TimeZoneName=GMT Standard Time
TimeZone=085
InputLocale=en-GB
SystemLocale=en-GB
UserLocale=en-GB
UILanguage=en-GB
KeyboardLocale=0809:00000809
SkipLocaleSelection=Yes

anything more i could try ?
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by:James Haywood
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Ah, I re-read your question. You want to remove the US keyboard post installation rather than set UK during installation?

If so then a script such as the one below should be added at the end of the Task Sequence

http://superuser.com/questions/353752/windows-7-change-region-and-language-settings-using-a-script
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Done it :)

had to make a .bat file like this
REG DELETE "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Keyboard Layouts\00000409" /f
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