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I have a Dell computer with Windows XP Home Edition on it. Yesterday I was fooling around with trying to make my computer read Japanese characters. So buy accident I changed the keyboard layout to Japanese. After a reboot I tried to enter my password but it wasn't accepted. The layout was still set to Japanese.

How can I change the keyboard layout at the Windows XP login screen?

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On the Windows XP login screen you can switch between installed keyboard layouts by pressing Alt + Shift

If that does not work try the following:

  1. get a recovery boot CD which allows you to edit the registry (for example BartPE)
  2. boot off the recovery CD
  3. start the registry editor
  4. navigate to [HKEY_USERS.DEFAULT\Keyboard Layout\Preload]
  5. edit the 1 key to: 00020409 (US international)
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  • Tried this and didnt work – janai Apr 9 '13 at 17:07
  • @janai sorry to hear that. It works on my system. Did you remove the original keyboard layout? Alt+Shift only switches between installed layouts! – Simon Apr 9 '13 at 17:22
  • @janai I just added a second solution. It is a bit more complicated but I hope this one works for you. – Simon Apr 9 '13 at 18:16
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n the Windows XP login screen you can switch between installed keyboard layouts by pressing

alt+ctrl+shift working for me

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    This solution was already posted by another user several months ago. OP said it didn't work. – DanteTheEgregore Oct 22 '13 at 6:41

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