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Windows 7: English keyboard gone - can't type password

17 Dec 2010   #1
roninbar

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 
English keyboard gone - can't type password

Hi,

I ran into an extremely frustrating situation: somehow the US keyboard layout disappeared from the list of installed layouts. Without it, I can't type my password at the login screen. I was left with a Hebrew keyboard, which has Hebrew letters and uppercase English letters. Unfortunately my password was in lowercase.
Any ideas before I re-install?

Thanks,

Ron


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17 Dec 2010   #2
brianzion

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)
 
 

type keyboard language into start menu search box and click on change keyboards or other input methods in the results pane on the left


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17 Dec 2010   #3
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

In the login window, can you see a button with text at the bottom left corner of the screen? If yes, then it should display text, like for example "EN". This is the keyboard layout language. Make sure that this is set to the correct language, click the button to change the layout language.

If you see no such button it means theres only one keyboard layout available. In that case, try tapping F8 at boot to get into safe mode and see whether you can enter the password.

If nothing works, try using system restore to before this problem started.
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17 Dec 2010   #4
brianzion

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)
 
 



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17 Dec 2010   #5
roninbar

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Thank you, Brianzion and Bill2, for your almost immediate replies!
Unfortunately, Brian, I can't use your solution since I'm still stuck at the login screen, which is why I had to post this question.
Bill, there is a drop-down list (although it's at the upper-left corner of the login screen, not the bottom-left), but it only has one entry and it's "Hebrew." That's how I figured out what's wrong, although I still don't understand how the US layout got lost.
So, back to the original question.
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17 Dec 2010   #6
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Did you try the F8?
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17 Dec 2010   #7
brianzion

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)
 
 

TRY THIS
RE-BOOT system and when you See Windows Welcome screen / Login screen, press ctrl+alt+del keys Twice and it’ll show Classic Login box. Now type “Administrator” (without quotes) in Username and leave Password field blank.(or put the password you used at install of windows) Now press Enter and you should be able to log in Windows. Now you can reset your account password from “Control Panel -> User Accounts”.
Same thing can be done using Safe Mode. In Safe Mode Windows will show this in-built Administrator account in Login screen.
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17 Dec 2010   #8
brianzion

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)
 
 

or using the repair disc or windows installation disc can you change the keyboard layout using the command prompt? i dont no the command looking for you now


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17 Dec 2010   #9
roninbar

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Safe Mode still requires me to enter my password. Makes sense, when you think about it...
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17 Dec 2010   #10
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Do you have a win7 install dvd or a system repair disk? you can run system restore from that. See method 2 in this tut.

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