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I suggest you to follow the methods below and check if it helps.

Method 1 : Safe Mode

I suggest you to boot the computer to Safe Mode and check if the issue occurs or not. In Safe Mode computer starts with minimal set of drivers and files.

Refer the article to boot to Safe Mode.

Windows Startup Settings (including safe mode)

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/start-computer-safe-mode#start-computer-safe-mode=windows-7

If the issue do not occur in Safe Mode perform a clean boot and check.

Method 2: Clean boot

Putting your system in Clean Boot state helps in identifying if any third party applications or startup items are causing the issue. You need to follow the steps from the article mentioned below to perform a Clean Boot.

How to perform a clean boot in Windows http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929135/en-us

Note: After clean boot troubleshooting steps, refer to the section " How to reset the computer to start as usual after troubleshooting with clean boot " in the provided link to return your computer to Normal startup mode.

Method 3: Run the Microsoft safety scanner

I suggest you to run security scan on your computer to check if your computer is affected by viruses.

The Microsoft Safety Scanner is a free downloadable security tool that provides on-demand scanning and helps remove viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. It works with your existing antivirus software.

http://www.microsoft.com/security/scanner/en-us/default.aspx

Note:  The Microsoft Safety Scanner expires 10 days after being downloaded. To rerun a scan with the latest anti-malware definitions, download and run the Microsoft Safety Scanner again.

Important:  Any data files that are infected may only be cleaned by deleting the file entirely, which means there is a potential for data loss.

Hope this will fix the issue, if not let us know with the updated status and we will be happy to assist you further.

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How to change your keyboard language on windows 11.

Quickly switch to a keyboard language of your choice on Windows 11.

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How to change your keyboard language, how to change your keyboard layout, how to remove a keyboard language or layout, key takeaways.

  • To change your keyboard language, navigate to Settings > Time & Language > Language & Region > Add a Language, then install and select a language.
  • You can also change the keyboard layout for your language by selecting "Language Options" in "Language & Region" and selecting "Add a Keyboard."
  • To remove a language or keyboard layout, open to the "Language Options" page, click the three-dot menu icon next to the language and select "Remove."

Whether you work with international clients or just want to impress your friends, you might encounter situations that require you to type in another language. Fortunately, navigating between keyboard layouts and typing in your desired language is a breeze on Windows 11.

During the Windows 11 setup process, you'll be asked to choose your preferred keyboard language. This will become the default language for your computer. However, you can easily install additional keyboard languages and switch between them through the Windows Settings app.

To add a keyboard language, press Windows+i to open the Settings app (there are other ways to launch the Settings app on Windows ).

Select "Time & Language" from the left sidebar, and then click "Language & Region" in the right pane.

Click the "Add a Language" button.

Choose the language you want to install and then click the "Next" button.

Click "Install" to begin the installation process.

Once your language is installed, you'll see it listed under the Languages section. You can then click the language icon on the taskbar and choose the language you want to use.

Alternatively, you can press the Windows+ Spacebar or Alt+Shift keys together to switch the language on your Windows computer.

Different languages have different keyboard layouts that are automatically installed when you install the language. However, the default layout for your language might not always be the best option for you.

In this case, you can choose from different layouts available for your language and install the one that best fits your typing habits. To install a different layout for your language, open the "Settings" app and navigate to Time & Language > Language & Region.

Click the three dots next to your language and select "Language Options" from the menu that appears.

Click the "Add a Keyboard" button next to Installed keyboards.

Choose the layout of your choice to install it. You can use the on-screen keyboard to see how the selected layout will work on your computer.

Once you've finalized a layout, you can remove the other keyboard layouts for your language.

If you no longer use a language on your computer, you can remove it to avoid accidentally switching to it. To remove a keyboard language, launch the Settings app and head towards Time & Language > Language & Region.

Click the three dots next to the language you want to remove and then choose "Remove" from the menu that appears.

A prompt will appear asking you to confirm whether you want to remove the selected language. Click "Yes" to confirm.

That's all! The selected language is now removed from your computer.

As we mentioned before, a language can have multiple keyboard layouts. If you don't like a particular layout for your language, you can remove it. To do this, click the three dots next to the language whose layout you want to remove and choose "Language Options" from the menu.

Under the Keyboards section, click the three dots next to the layout you want to remove and choose "Remove" from the menu that crops up.

If you want to delete multiple keyboard layouts, just repeat the above process for each layout you wish to remove.

This was everything you needed to know about changing your keyboard language and layout on Windows 11. If you're new to Windows, you might be interested in learning some basics, like how to disable the touchpad or how to disable keyboard sound .

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  1. An x or xxx or xxxx appear when I type anything on the

    Method 1: Safe Mode I suggest you to boot the computer to Safe Mode and check if the issue occurs or not. In Safe Mode computer starts with minimal set of drivers and files. Refer the article to boot to Safe Mode. Windows Startup Settings (including safe mode)

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  5. How to Change Your Keyboard Language on Windows 11

    Select "Time & Language" from the left sidebar, and then click "Language & Region" in the right pane. Click the "Add a Language" button. Choose the language you want to install and then click the "Next" button. Click "Install" to begin the installation process. Once your language is installed, you'll see it listed under the Languages section.