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Some IT pros in non-English-speaking countries prefer to run Windows in English because troubleshooting is usually simpler. On the Internet, it is much easier to find solutions to specific problems in English than in any other language.
Whereas end-user PCs usually use the local language, you might consider running your Windows servers in English for the above-mentioned reason.
When you install Windows, you can select the Windows display language and the keyboard layout language (Keyboard or input method).
Choosing the keyboard layout in Windows Setup
If you accidentally select the wrong keyboard layout here, you’ll be in trouble after the installation. You might be unable to log in because you set a password other than the one you intended. In addition, the login screen will always use the input method that you selected during the setup process even if you change the keyboard layout for your user. And new users who log in will also get the wrong keyboard language layout when they log in the first time.
To change to the correct keyboard language, you have to follow a rather complicated procedure, which should be the same on Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10:
- Go to the Control Panel, open the Language preferences, and then click Options.
- In the Input method section of the Language options, click Add an input method.
- Select your input method (QWERTY layout) in the list.
- You should now see the second input method in the Language options dialog box. Click Save.
- You should also see the second language in the Change your language preferences Click Advanced settings now.
- In Advanced settings, select your preferred display language and the default input method. Then, click Apply language settings to the welcome screen, system accounts, and new user accounts (you will have to go back to Advanced settings after you click Save).
- In the Region dialog box, click Copy settings.
- In the Welcome screen and new user accounts settings dialog box, verify that the settings in the Current user section are the ones that you want to copy to the Welcome screen and to the default configuration for new user accounts. Then, select the Welcome screen and system accounts and New user accounts check boxes and click OK.
That’s it. Only eight steps are required, and you’ve already changed the keyboard layout language. Easy, isn’t it?