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Windows 10 Japanese Keyboard Fix
Sunday, February 1, 2015

So as some readers may know, I own a Japanese Keyboard. The layout is slightly different on Japanese keyboards compared to US keyboards. I would have expected Windows 10 to adjust to this automatically, as Windows 8.1 was able to, but unfortunately, it hasn't. I was able to fix this via registry edits (Same as what I did in Windows 7...). Let's break down how to fix the issue:

Step 1: Open up Registry Editor

Deep into the heart of the operating system is the registry. If you mess the wrong value up, it could result in your computer's functionality being terminated! Ah whatever, let's proceed.

To open: Press the Windows Key and R at the same time. It will open a text box asking what program to open. Type regedit.exe (Just regedit will do too) and press Enter. It will open up the Registry Editor.

Welcome to the Registry. You should see a few folders to the left such as HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, etc. When you expand these folders (via the arrow to the left of them), it shows even more folders. Each of these contain keys of values.

Step 2: Navigate to the values needing to be changed

Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\i8042prt\Parameters. Here is a screenshot of what it should look like:

Step 3: Change the values...

According to Microsoft's site, change the following values accordingly by clicking on them and editing the values:

Name Value
LayerDriver JPN kbd106.dll
OverrideKeyboardIdentifier PCAT_106KEY
OverrideKeyboardSubtype 2
OberrideKeyboardType 7

When done changing values, it should look like this: (Use for verification)

Step 4: Sign out and back in

Finally, sign out and sign back into your profile. You will notice that the keyboard layout has changed to work with your keyboard!

Clara Nguyễn
Hi! I am a Vietnamese/Italian mix with a Master's Degree in Computer Science from UTK. I have been programming since I was 6 and love to write apps and tools to make people's lives easier. I also love to do photography and media production. Nice to meet you!

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