You might find yourself in a situation where you must set up Windows to work with a keyboard of a different type than that of its default installation language.

Like, for example, Windows in english but using a Japanese keyboard, or Windows in Arabic, but using a French keyboard. It’s in fact quite easy once you know the trick.

The procedure below describes the way to proceed to make an English version of Windows work with a Japanese keyboard. You can easily apply it to your own situation by changing the languages name and keyboard type while you read.

You can download a .pdf version of the procedure by clicking here.

Install Japanese keyboard

By default, English version of Windows installs the standard qwerty “101-102 key” keyboard.

This keyboard mapping does not match the Japanese “106-109 key” keyboard.

Therefore, the first thing to do is to change the keyboard driver to the Japanese version.





Install Japanese language

OK. Now, you have the Japanese Keyboard installed, but it does not change anything to your mapping problem.

The trick is that whether you want to use both Japanese and English languages or only English language,

you must set up Japanese as the default language on your computer.

Then you will be free to use or not use the Japanese language functionalities. In all cases, what you will get by default is the standard English keyboard.


Here, the “Install files for east Asian languages” option should be selected. If it is not, select it and click “Apply”. Then follow the instructions on screen (you might need your Windows installation Cd-Rom).

Click “Details”.







You’re done !