How to encourage XP to keep QWERTY for the logon screen?

by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2010/08/02 07:01 -04:00, original URI:

William asks via the Contact link:


I use the US-Dvorak keyboard layout on a US-Windows XP Home Edition, and I share the machine with other people who use QWERTY.  After boot the logon screen is correctly QWERTY, but if I log on, and then switch users, the logon screen is now Dvorak.  Off the top of your head, do you know what would encourage XP to keep QWERTY for the logon screen no matter what?

I am sorry to bother you with this.  I failed to find information on this problem with both Microsoft's support site and Google, but I thought you might have heard of it.  I understand you aren't customer service personnel and will understand completely if you can't help.

Thanks for an awesome blog,

So I do wonder why so many people would rather use the "Contact" link than the "Suggestion Box"... the ratio is like almost 25 to 1 most of the time!

Anyway, the way to handle the keyboard layout of the logon screen is covered in the Updating the keyboard list in the logon dialog, with the assumed understanding that if you have a keyboard list containing only one item that there will be no list and that one item will be the one keyboard. The directions themselves haven't change nearly as much as you might imagine....

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