I believe I found a solution. I did a bit of research and it seems you have
to do quite a bit of work to get this working. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927824
is the help file I looked at. You have
to actually go into the registry and trick windows into thinking you have a
Japanese 106 keyboard. The process took about 10 minutes and has been working
on my computer for a couple of days now. Everything works just fine. A little
ghetto to make it work but it works.
> I've looked all over for a solution for this problem. I am also using Vista
> Premium and can find no way to use a Japanese Keyboard Layout. I am a student
> over here in Japan and have to regularly switch between Japanese and English
> to study. I have an English OS but want to use my Japanese Keyboard for
> typing. This topic still hasn't found a solution. Has anyone got an answer
> for this?
> "Komatta" wrote:
> > I have the same problem. When I had Windows XP and IME, it worked fine.
> > This keyboard came with Compaq Prisario with Vista Home Premuim. It shows
> > nothing when I hit shift+~ and shift+). And when I hit ( , it shows ) on the
> > screen. When I hit : , it shows +. These are just a few examples of this
> > problem. I wonder this is a keyboad problem and I should exchange at a
> > Circuit City, or IME has changed the layout with Vista? On-screen keyboard
> > also shows the layout with altered position as above. When I change the
> > language input to English, everything is normal.
> > I hope someone can respond with a good solution to this problem.
> > Komatta
> > "pinoy_shinshi" wrote:
> > > Hello...
> > > Can I ask about setting up the Japanese Keyboard layout.
> > > The laptop is a Japanese Keyboard but it has an English OS with Windows
> > > Vista Home Premium version. Though, the keyboard settings that is set on
> > > Device Manager is already Japanese 106/109 keys. Both English and Japanese
> > > Keyboard with IME was already configured and installed/added on 'Text
> > > Services and Input Languages'.
> > >
> > > The problem is, the Japanese Keyboard Layout was not functioning well. I
> > > tried to check other keys but still it was appeared as what on an English
> > > Layout and not from Japanese Layout, i.e. is '@'. In English, it will just
> > > need when you press Shift+2, but for Japanese, it will jsut as usual type
> > > besides letter 'P'.
> > >
> > > Hopefully, someone can help with this problem.
> > >
> > > Many thanks in advance.
> > >
> > > Best regards.
> > > Pinoy_Shinshi