I'm in a school where all students have tablet PCs, where they use the handwriting (text recognition) function quite a bit. Recently one of the language teachers has asked if they can enter French accents using this method - it seems that one definitely can using windows 7 ultimate, but we're using Pro. I understand that if one changes the entire input language, then this should work, but it doesn't seem to. Any ideas?
Hmm I'm not at my Windows 7 PC at the moment but can't you just change the language in Control Panel -> Regional & Language -> Keyboards & Languages -> Change Keyboards, and add French in? You'll need to change it to French after adding it.
Microsoft only allows language packs to be added to the Enterprise and Ultimate Editions of Windows 7.
The following guide shows how to add language packs to a Windows 7 DVD so you can install Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate in your language of choice.
This will require the re-installation of Windows 7, and assumes you have the installation DVD or iso.