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How the "Regional and Language Options" settings in Windows Server 2003 are applied

Support for Windows Server 2003 ended on July 14, 2015

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INTRODUCTION
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.
MORE INFORMATION
The Regional and Language Options settings are located in Control Panel on a Windows Server 2003-based computer.

Regional options settings

The Regional Options tab contains the following settings:
  • Standards and formats
    These are user-specific settings and are stored as part of the user profile.
  • Location
    This is a user-specific setting and is stored as part of the user profile.

Language settings

The Languages tab contains the following settings:
  • Default input language
    This is a user-specific setting and is stored as part of the user profile.
  • Installed services
    This is a computer-wide setting.
Note To access these language settings, click Details in Text services and input languages.

Advanced settings

The Advanced tab contains the following settings:
  • Language for non-Unicode programs
    This is a computer-wide setting.
  • Default user account settings
    Click to select the Apply all settings to the current user account and to the default user profile check box to apply changes to the default user profile.

When you configure "Regional and Language Options" during Windows Setup

You 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 Server

Important 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:
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:To 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:
  1. On the terminal server, click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
  2. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout
  3. On the Edit menu, click Add Value, and then add the following registry information:
    Value name: IgnoreRemoteKeyboardLayout
    Data type: REG_DWORD
    Value data: 1
When the IgnoreRemoteKeyboardLayout entry is set to 1, new user profiles inherit the Default input language setting from the default user profile that the user account uses.

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:
842136 The IgnoreRemoteKeyboardLayout registry entry has no effect in Windows Server 2003

824721 Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 list of updates

Existing user profiles

If a user profile already exists, the Regional and Language Options settings in the existing user profile are applied to new users.
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