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How do I configure the Russian keyboard on Windows XP?
The following instructions describe how to install a Russian keyboard layout on your personal PC. The Russian keyboard layout is already available on all public PCs on campus. There are two different Russian keyboard layouts possible. For Russian courses at Sarah Lawrence and general beginning Russian, the one to use is called phonetic/student/YAWERTY.

Click here to download a one-sheet on how to use the Russian keyboard on computers running Windows XP at SLC.

  1. Click to download RuOldP.dll. When asked, choose to save the file. Save it to c:\windows\system32 or, if saved to the desktop, copy and paste the file into c:\windows\system32.
  2. Click to download russian-phonetic.reg and save it to your desktop. If you are using Firefox, right click on the link and select Save Link As.
  3. Double-click russian-phonetic.reg and confirm that you want to run the file.
  4. Go to the Start menu and select Control Panel.
  5. If available, click the Switch to Classic View link on the left side of the page.
  6. Double-click Regional and Language Options.
  7. Switch to the Languages tab.
  8. Click the Details button.
  9. On the Settings tab, click the Add button.
  10. From the Input Language pull-down menu, choose Russian. The phonetic/student/YAWERTY Russian keyboard layout will be selected automatically.
  11. Click OK on all open windows.

On your taskbar, you should see a blue language icon. It probably reads EN, which means English is the default language for typing. To type in Russian, open an application, click the language icon, and choose RU.

Test the keyboard by typing in these test words:

  • sssr will display CCCP
  • tom will display TOM
  • matt will display MaTT
  • kat will display KaT

Upper register

Lower register

Edited:Fri 8/24/2012 at 3:23 PM by Karin Renate Rolle
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