Installing Japanese Keyboards on Windows XP
posted on Monday, January 24, 2005 5:32 PM by
cambecc Thanks cambecc
A little while back I
bought a Japanese keyboard to use with my laptop while
docked. It's a Microsoft Basic Keyboard 1.0A, with 109
keys. Not only does it have more keys than a standard US
keyboard, but the layout is slightly different (such as
the location of the apostrophe ' and at-symbol @ keys).
To enable this layout in the US version of Windows XP, I
configured IME by adding the Japanese keyboard layout to
the Japanese input language service. Unfortunately, this
didn't work. A bit of searching turned up this very
helpful page written by Michael Eng for
installing Japanese keyboards on Windows XP (scroll
down to the bottom of the page since it also contains
instructions for NT4 and Win2k).
Not only must you add the Japanese layout to IME, but
you must also install a Japanese keyboard driver. Here's
the set of instructions, updated to Windows XP SP2. Of
course, use at your own risk.
1. Navigate to Start->Control Panel->Keyboard
2. On the Hardware tab, click Properties (note that the
current driver is probably "Standard 101/102-Key or
Microsoft Natural PS/2 Keyboard")
3. On the Driver tab, click Update Driver...
4. The Hardware Update Wizard launches. When it asks if
Windows can connect to Windows Update to search for
software, select "No, not this time" and click Next
5. Select "Install from a list or specific location
(Advanced)" and click Next
6. Select "Don't search. I will choose the driver to
install" and click Next
7. Uncheck "Show compatible hardware"
8. Select "Japanese PS/2 Keyboard (106/109 Key)" from
the manufacturer "(Standard keyboards)" and click Next
9. Click Yes to continue with the installation when the
warning about installing incompatible device drivers
10. Click Yes to continue with the installation when the
warning about replacing PS/2 mouse port drivers appears
11. Click Finish and reboot