by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2005/12/28 11:31 -05:00, original URI: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/michkap/archive/2005/12/28/507759.aspx
Professor Robert Garfias asked me:
I did a search and found your page which comes closest to describing my real life problem. I installed a Microsoft Multi Media keyboard and it found some Japanese language materials somewhere on my computer and then installed on its own and without asking, a Japanese language version of Inttelipoint which replaced the \ with the yen sign. I got rid of the keyboard and after great effort got rid of the Intellipoint software (It does not allow an uninstall). The yeb sign however remains.
I am runing Windows XP Pro and almost everything is OK. I think the missing backslash may be causing problems with some programs. It is disconcerting to look at ones files and see the folders and filenames separated by the yen sign. I can find no way of getting rid of it now that the offending software has been uninstalled.
Do you have any ideas?
Yep, I have gone on about various issues with both the yen and the won on several different occasions, haven't I? :-)
Now the different path separator will not cause problems, though it can cause some confusion. But there is an easy fix.
Well, the key thing to do here is to change the default system locale (a.k.a. the language for non-Unicode programs, on the third tab of Regional and Language Options). Once you change it out of Japanese (or Korean if the problem is some extra won!), then you will get back the regular REVERSE SOLIDUS for your path separator.
It definitely seems like a bad idea for any software to change this setting without even explaining why; that is a problem I will try to follow up on with the Intellipoint people....
If you still are having a problem with way more yen or won than you know what to do with and it was actually affecting your wallet rather than your computer, you could always send me a check c/o One Microsoft Way.... :-)
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