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After you turn off the Language bar in Windows XP, you cannot turn it back on

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If you turn off the Language bar (right-click the Language bar, and then click Close the Language bar) on your Windows XP-based computer, you may not be able to turn the Language bar back on.
This problem may occur if you have a Group Policy setting that prevents you from accessing Control Panel in Microsoft Windows XP. By design, you must have access to Control Panel to turn on the Language bar.

Service pack information

To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Microsoft Windows XP. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322389 How to obtain the latest Windows XP service pack

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site: Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in coordinated universal time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time tool in Control Panel.
   Date         Time   Version        Size     File name   -----------------------------------------------------   28-May-2003  15:33  5.1.2600.1226  183,296  Msutb.dll 				

After you apply the hotfix, you can create a Group Policy setting to prevent users from closing the Language bar.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section. This problem was first corrected in Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2.
To turn on the Language bar, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Click Date, Time, Language, and Regional Options.
  3. Click Regional and Language Options.
  4. Click the Languages tab, and then click Details.
  5. On the Settings tab, click Language Bar.
  6. Click to select the Show the Language bar on the desktop check box, and then click OK.
  7. Click OK to close the Text Services and Input Languages dialog box.
After you install the hotfix that is described in the "Resolution" section of this article, you can configure a registry setting to prevent users from turning off the Language bar. To do this, follow these steps
  1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit in the Open box, and then click OK.
  2. Locate and then click the following registry key:
  3. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click Key.
  4. Type MSCTF, and press ENTER.
  5. Right-click the new MSCTF key, point to New, and then click DWORD Value. Type DisableCloseButton, and then press ENTER.
  6. Double-click the DisableCloseButton entry, type 1 in the Value data box, and then click OK.
For more information about how to use the Language bar in Windows XP, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
306993 HOW TO: Use the Language bar in Windows XP

Article ID: 819783 - Last Review: 12/08/2015 02:38:55 - Revision: 5.1

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