Windows: change keyboard layout to Japanese in Windows 8

Accidentally, I have my MacBook (MC516) keyboard changed to Japanese layout after a water-pouring hazard happened to him. Keyboard layout switching work is automatic in OS X and easy to be done in Linux (KDE environment), but I had a little trouble in Windows 8 since there is no GUI options.

After reading this article:

http://www.51nb.com/viewnews-47653.html

I managed to get it switched:

  1. launch Device Management (Win+X, M);
  2. double click keyboard, select “Driver”-“Update Driver…”;
  3. select “Browse”-“Select from List”-Uncheck “Show Compatible Hardwars”-“(Standard Keyboard)”-“Japanese PS/2 Keyboard (106/109 Key)”-“Next”-“Yes”;
  4. reboot;
  5. launch regedit (Win+R, regedit);
  6. navigate to “\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layouts”;
  7. select “00000804”, change “Layout File” from “KBDUS.DLL” to “KBDJPN.DLL”;
  8. select other keyboard layouts ends with “0804” (stands for Chinese), change “Layout File” from “KBDUS.DLL” to “KBDJPN.DLL”;
  9. reboot;
  10. everything is as cool as OS X and KDE now.

Yeah, very straightforward.

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