I have 2 laptops running Windows 8 and I am using my Microsoft Account between them.

Trouble is, one laptop has a UK keyboard and the other a US keyboard.

So far it seems that the keyboard layout is now attached to my profile and not the machine, which is a problem. I sit down at the UK keyboard and the layout is set to US. I keep typing " instead of @ and vice-versa. So I change it over to UK layout and all is well. Later I open up the US keyboard and its got a UK layout and I'm typing @ instead of " again.

So- Does anyone know of a way to force a keyboard layout to be machine-specific when using Microsoft accounts?

  • Have you tried telling Windows not to sync this particular setting? – Ramhound Dec 16 '12 at 1:54
  • This is particularly maddening when the layout switched from QWERTY to dvorak mid-sentence... – Eric Apr 24 '13 at 20:26

This drove me crazy too. I think I've figured it out.

  1. Go to the charms area (slam into the right-top/bottom corner)
  2. Click on the settings cog
  3. Click on "Change PC settings"
  4. Click on "Sync your settings"
  5. Switch "Language preferences" to "Off"

Pain reduced.

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