Windows 10 1709 comes with an unpleasant surprise: the "new" touch keyboard doesn't have the "Full Layout" option (which gives you all keys you expect in a keyboard like arrows and DEL) anymore. (Yeah! Thanks, Microsoft...)

How could someone bring the old keyboard back? It surely must have a registry key hidden for it.

P.s. I know the old keyboard still exists because it shows in my lock screen (with the full layout)

This is how you enable it in 1703 and previous versions. This option DOES NOT EXIST ANYMORE in 1709.

This is what the keyboard "options" button shows me:

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  • How did you think I enabled it in the first place? ;) – Typist Oct 18 '17 at 9:58
  • I believe we are not in the same page here. If you know the answer, please be kind and POST IT in a clear and concise way. I already explained how I enabled the setting in the old Windows version. The "options" button you are referring to (I presume) doesn't have anything to change the keyboard layout (I updated the question with a screenshot of it). – Typist Oct 18 '17 at 11:12
  • Based on what I can tell you have not enabled the full keyboard layout in the Settings application. If the Settings application no longer has that option submit a screenshot of that. – Ramhound Oct 18 '17 at 11:28
  • answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/… If the option is missing chnage your keyboard layout to a supported region – Ramhound Oct 18 '17 at 11:34
  • Oh man... Thanks @Ramhound! You nailed! (Please post it as an answer). Anyway, this doesn't solve the problem. Older version of Windows had the full keyboard working for any region/language. In 1709 it appears to work only in US. If they don't call this a "regression" I don't know what is. :) – Typist Oct 18 '17 at 11:47

Until Microsoft solves this, I replaced my tabtip files with the older files from the Windows.old directory. I've copied the following directories:

C:\Windows.old\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\ink
to -> C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\ink
C:\Windows.old\‏‏Program Files (x86)‎\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Ink
to -> C:\‏‏Program Files (x86)‎\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Ink

that brings back the older touch keyboard from build 1703 with the full keyboard layout for non-English region layouts.

I copied the directories using command prompt from Windows recovery since the files are in use in normal Windows boot.

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