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Japanese Keyboard on Vista

Posted by Steven Westwell on February 6, 2008

Problem?

so as part of our global deployment of Windows Vista, we found that the Japanese users of the Japanese IME had an issue with the keyboard layout being incorrect.  The hirigana, Katakana and romanji where correct for the most part, however the symbols “, @, (, ) and * etc were in the US locations, not as they should be on a Japanese keyboard.

Others in the UK will be familier with typing <shift> + 2 expecting ” and getting @, well this is the same thing fundamentally, just complicated with the IME layout not being something that can be switched by the users locale.

Solution?

After digging around I managed to find a few excellent posts on this problem and showing the solution for Windows NT, 2000, XP etc… It would appear to be one of those consistent issues that has been with the OS for a long time.

It was enough to point me in the right direction and I thought it was only fair to post the Vista specific solution here.

The problem is the IME seems to get its keyboard layout directly from the keyboard driver, rather than the keyboard locale settings that typically control layouts.  In order to fix this the Japanese keyboard driver must be selected manually.

below are the step by step instructions for an english OS, I may attempt to translate into Japanese soon, or at least include screenshots from a Japanese client to show the dialogue boxes:

  1. Open the Device Manager
    1. Open the start menu
    2. Right click on computer
    3. Select manage (Entering PA account details when prompted)
    4. Select device manager
  2. Change the Keyboard Driver
    1. Open the keyboard tree
    2. Right click the keyboard
    3. Select “update driver software…”
    4. Select “browse my computer for driver software”
    5. Then select “let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer”
    6. Uncheck the “show compatible hardware” checkbox
    7. Then choose the (Standard Keyboards) as Manufacturer and Japanese PS/2 Keyboard (106/109 Key) as Model
    8. Then select next
    9. The driver will then be installed, then click close

After the next reboot the default layour will be the Japanese layout, and the ” symbol will be in the correct place when using the Japanese IME.

Thanks to:

Cameron Beccario: http://blogs.msdn.com/cambecc/archive/2005/01/24/359359.aspx / http://journal.nullschool.net/

and

Michael Eng: http://www.daydream.org.uk/meng/jpkbnt4/

Cameron’s blog was an interesting read, and also lead me to find a very cool and interesting to read about Japanese language school: http://www.yamasa.org/acjs/english/index.html

Regards,

Steven.

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