So i downloaded these files from Bulgaria. They are the english version of the demo files for a programming tutorial. I noticed that when i try to rename the folders, each keystroke results in Russian(?) characters instead of Latin.

When i open notepad, i get the normal Latin characters. How to fix this?

It also occasionally happens in text editor programs (Notepad++, Visual Studio, Arduino IDE) but the above problem is persistent.


I only have English and Japanese language packs installed.
Just recently scanned my Windows installation with the latest Avast (free) virus definition.
  • Go to Region and Langauge > Administrative and tell me what the non-Unicode system locale is set to. Did you check to see that you do not have any Cyrillic keyboards in your input languages list? – oldmud0 May 20 '15 at 0:45
  • Bulgarian is very similar to Russian. – Konrad Gajewski May 20 '15 at 0:52
  • @oldmud0 the system locale (for non-unicode) is set to English – WikiWitz May 20 '15 at 0:54
  • What were the files you downloaded: .exe files for each sample, an installer, a downloader..? – oldmud0 May 20 '15 at 1:10
  • they're just compressed source codes visual studio projects – WikiWitz May 20 '15 at 1:21

Yes this is a trivial matter but it is annoying and counter productive if you're working on something (and Google can't help).

Figured it out:

Windows 7:
Control Panel > Region and Language > Under "Keyboards and other input languages" click "Change keyboards..." > Advance Key Settings

Under "Hot keys for input languages" i have the key sequence Alt + Shift set for switching between input languages. Although i only have the English input language in the options for the Default input lang. This hot key switches the input lang.

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