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This article describes how the Regional and Language Options settings in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 are applied. Some of the settings vary from user profile to user profile. Other settings are computer wide. This article also discusses the effects of configuring the Regional and Language Options settings during Windows Setup.
The Regional and Language Options settings are located in Control Panel on a Windows Server 2003-based computer.
Regional options settingsThe Regional Options tab contains the following settings:
Language settingsThe Languages tab contains the following settings:
Advanced settingsThe Advanced tab contains the following settings:
When you configure "Regional and Language Options" during Windows SetupYou are prompted to configure Regional and Language Options during Windows Setup. Computer-wide settings affect all users who log on to the system. User-specific settings affect only the default user profile. New user profiles inherit the user-specific settings that you specified during Setup.
You can change the user-specific settings for the default user profile by selecting the Apply all settings to the current user account and to the default user profile check box on the Advanced tab.
Considerations for Windows Server 2003 Terminal ServerImportant This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322756/ )How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
The first time that a user uses a Remote Desktop Connection to log on to a server that has Terminal Server enabled, a new profile is created. The new profile inherits the Regional and Language Options settings from the default user profile. The profile may be local to the terminal server or may reside on a network share. However, the Default input language setting is obtained from the client computer that initiated the Remote Desktop Connection.
For more information about how to obtain the default user profile from the network, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://technet2.microsoft.com/WindowsServer/en/library/b41402c2-c982-4bfb-891e-91b47f211e181033.mspx?mfr=trueTo change the default behavior to obtain the Default input language setting from the default user profile, you must set a registry entry value on the terminal server. To do this, follow these steps:
Note This registry entry may not work if you are not running Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1. For more information, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/842136/ )The IgnoreRemoteKeyboardLayout registry entry has no effect in Windows Server 2003
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/824721/ )Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 list of updates
Existing user profilesIf a user profile already exists, the Regional and Language Options settings in the existing user profile are applied to new users.
Article ID: 924852 - Last Review: February 13, 2007 - Revision: 1.7