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I have a german Windows 2008 R2 with English Multilanguage Pack installed. It has only german, english keyboard defined. It works fine.

I use Windows 7 with PL version and PL keyboard settings. And my customer who logs in to that Windows 2008 R2 uses german Windows 7, Windows XP.

When I login to Windows 2008 R2 it automatically switches keyboard on server to PL (and I can choose between 3 keyboard, however there's no way to remove that PL keyboard). This wouldn't be a big problem but my customer using german windows also see this PL keyboard and it sets itself as default for him too...

Is there a way to make sure only keyboards defined on server works and not those pushed thru RDP?

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To completly ignore the remote keyboard layout, use the registry key as listed in http://support.microsoft.com/?id=322042. Although the KB lists windows 2000, the key works just as well for 2008.

Once applied, the local keyboard layout on a client machine connecting to a server with that registry key will be ignored, and the default keyboard layout for the remote machine as set up in control panel will be used instead.

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Thanks. Seems to be it (haven't tried but it sure looks like it). –  MadBoy Aug 21 '12 at 18:41

I would login to the server, go to the Control Panel > Category View, 'Change keyboards or other input methods' and uninstall the PL license from the OS. If you don't actually need to use it, it shouldn't be a problem to uninstall it, right?

I have no way to test this, so I may be off base.

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THere's no PL license on that german server.. –  MadBoy Feb 11 '12 at 22:31

You can work around this using the quick-switch keys to change the input language. By default this is LEFT ALT + SHIFT.

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I know about this and i use it frequently. The problem is with my customer who doesn't want to switch every time .. He is at his own backyard and shouldn't need to switch anything. –  MadBoy Apr 29 '11 at 7:33

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