hi I have a pretty big problem. I work with various keyboard layouts (languages) under windows xp pro. If I enter command line and want to change the keyboard language i press 'alt + left shift + 1 (2, 3)'. Quite recently somebody asked me to help him to get rid of some spyware his pc has had. Out of habit I have changed the keyboard's layout and hotkeyed it. What happend when I opened cmd? The 'shift characters' appeared instead of the language to be changed. Minor setback. Out of curiosity, I have downstairs a home edition oem windows pc. What happens? The same thing... it is like the 'alt' is not considered when combining the keys. As I have to format my hdd I would like to know if anyone knows a solution. Does the same thing happen to you? I have some backed up .reg keys but the majority is visual stuff. I have some other accounts on my pc, that are never used, but it works fine with those, well just tried one but I suppose it works also with the other one as with the administrator account. HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Command Processor HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Command Processor nothing special there. well, thanks for reading and hope someone can help.