> "philo" wrote
>> On 04/24/2012 03:19 AM, TheScullster wrote:
>>> Hi all
>>> Is there any difference/compatibility issue with hardware sourced
>>> in the world which could lead to compatibility issues with UK purchased
>>> We have a Russian office and a guy out there is looking to buy a laptop
>>> bring it here for loading of UK OS and Office.
>> Laptops avail in Russia are pretty much the same laptops that are
>> available anywhere else in the world...the only possible hardware
>> difference would be whether or not it has a Cyrillic keyboard.
>> Also to consider: the language-version of the operating system
> Thanks Philo
> So what happens if you plug a UK USB keboard into a laptop with its own
> cyrilic keyboard?
There is a control panel, of which one tab controls keyboard mapping.
In WinXP, it's in Regional and Language Options. You can have more than
one mapping in there. http://www.optimizingpc.com/i/vista/keyboardlayout.gif
When I got my Windows 7 laptop, it had both English Canadian
and French Canadian entries in the equivalent of that keyboard
setup thing. And the stupid laptop, would change from one option
to the other, while I was typing! To stop it, I had to remove
one of the options entirely, and then it didn't have any choice
but to stay with the English mapping.
I'd suspect, if you change physical keyboards in mid-stream, you'd
need to make a change to that setting (or use whatever hot-key causes it
to toggle, as mine seemed to be doing).
Windows 7 supports multiple languages. They mention Enterprise and Ultimate
as supporting Language Packs. So that would be a way to get two languages
supported on there. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/972813
Other than that, I think I'd want to talk to someone at Microsoft,
to see what their opinion is about "globe trotting" laptop options.
I don't know whether Windows Update would be too happy, to see
the same license key, calling in from two different countries.
Such a pattern might be interpreted as a compromised license key.