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Windows 8.1 Pro client locale changes on joining 2003 domain

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We have a small Windows 2003 SP2 domain. I am upgrading some of the workstations to Windows 8.1
The Windows 8.1 have a UK locale/keyboard as does the Windows 2003 server.

When I join the client to the 2003 domain the keyboard locale is changing to US.
I have no known GPO control of the workstations and cannot find what is controlling this change.

Any help would be really appreciated.

Thanks
William
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by:bbao
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are you able to manually change it back? just want to determine if it is really controlled by the AD or something related to the GPO.
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Cannot change it back.
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ever tried removing the Windows 8.1 computer from the domain and see if the language locale can be modified again? this may help us determine if it is an AD specific issue or not.
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by:wsmyth
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If I take the 8.1 client PC off the domain the locale reverts to UK. In fact when on the domain if I login as local user I get the UK locale. Locale only changes to US when I logon as a domain account- any account including administrator accounts. The 2003 server is set to UK locale.
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I have moved the win8 PC to a new OU unit in AD with group policy inheritance disabled. This surely rules out the group policy as the culprit????
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> This surely rules out the group policy as the culprit????

not really, the default domain group policy still applies.

it seems the default locale ID in your AD schema is set to US. try checking it per the instructions below.

Step-by-Step Guide to Using Active Directory Schema and Display Specifiers
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb727064.aspx
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Due to time constraints we decided to stay with Windows 7.
I was unable to get the problem fully resolved in time to meet my deadlines.
Thanks for all of the help.
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This is almost certainly where the problem lies but I was unable to fully resolve in the available time frame.
Thanks for all of the help
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