Win 10 cmd prompt behavior (regarding keyboard layout)

November 15, 2015 at 08:53:06
Specs: Windows 10, 32 bits / not relevant
When running just 'cmd' the 'dos-window' opens normally and the keyboard layout does not change but remains as choosen option (default azerty).

With all previous versions, I used to open an old DOS application which still runned OK started by clicking on the dosname.exe application.

With Win10 however, the executable still opens (as was hoped for) but the the keyboard is switched to QWERTY layout inside the application (which itself seems not have any option to modify keyboard). How can possibly a DOS application change the keyboard ? Did not change before using previous versions of Windows cmd window !


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#1
November 15, 2015 at 09:13:53
See if this helps (Left Alt+Shift toggle AZERTY & QWERTY
keyboard layout in running application

http://www.proz.com/forum/wordfast_...

i_Xp/Vista/W7/W10 User


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#2
November 15, 2015 at 10:58:08
Thank you XpUser.
I will try that. (Just now is not best suitable time)

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#3
November 15, 2015 at 11:04:19
U are welcome. Please post back as soon as you try that.

i_Xp/Vista/W7/W10 User


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#4
November 15, 2015 at 12:26:36
If not go to "Control Panel > Regions" and select the appropriate English one. With luck this should "stick" on all documents.

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#5
November 21, 2015 at 02:33:44
I tried the toggle switch alt+shift.

I can observe the icon change (actually the 3 letters at bottom right of screen). But it doesn't apply to my running DOS application in the command window, even though the icon shows the adequate 'FRA' letters.

In Windows10, when the mouse pointer is over this icon, a popup explains that the key combination to change keyboard is : Windows-key + space
However, this has no direct effect, but opens a window showing available keybord layouts to choose from.

My running DOS application works perfectly; all internal functions are working. All native (English) characters appear normally. So, the Dos-like window still seems to be suitable for old DOS programs (on 32-bit systems).

However, all inputs from keyboard remain as issued from a qwerty keyboard, while it is an Belgian-french layout. Again, previous Windows versions did not show this problem.

Maybe there is an equivalent for traditional 'keyboard.sys' and command 'keyb' ? A small batch might do the trick ?

Thank you


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#6
December 15, 2015 at 02:17:31
I have the same problem, in dos i have qwerty and can`t seem to change it... Any solutions ?

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#7
December 15, 2015 at 09:04:32
HA1TER

As this post is a month old you might do better to raise a new post of your own which will bring it up to the top of the list and might attract different helpers.

Inputting on here will only alert the same people who attempted this post before. If there were any solutions they would have been here without prompting - I don't think there is a Bump facility on this forum.

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#8
December 16, 2015 at 13:15:11
@Halter,
Thank you for posting. Before starting your own topic, you may try to go through this topic again and maybe you might try suggestions here.

I was able to switch to other keyboard, but only within the dos application itself I'm getting the wrong keyboard ! The command lines are typed correct in azerty in the "dos window" as long as the application is not launched

Launching that application switches to unwanted qwerty, which is my problem to solve some way or another.

When I'm not in the application, there is no problem so far. I can toggle between the installed keyboards installed in Windows.

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#9
December 16, 2015 at 13:50:26
Blackbird

Just wondered, what is the DOS application you are referring to?

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#10
December 17, 2015 at 13:07:27
Nothing that today you would need or like to start with.
It is actually a suite like Office, from which I only used the database. It came on 3 floppy discs. It was called "SmartWare" issued from Innovative Software,Inc. (around 1985).

I had it "in my fingers" and I used that for my company ad personal stuff. To keep it alive later, I had to modify the calendar notation in such way that the dates were extended (recalculated) for the 21th century.

Many users today try to learn databases like Access, but find it difficult, while in DOS programs, there were less formula's to use. Other databases were more popular in those days and have been used much longer.

I guess for the current problem, I just have to add some files to system32 to keep the azerty keyboard and use pure ascii .


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#11
December 17, 2015 at 14:44:23
Maybe it would run in DOSBox or a virtual machine.

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