Hat’s off to Microsoft – they have maintained backward compatibility through numerous operating systems since 1981. Even Vista can run ancient DOS applications, although Microsoft doesn’t go out of its way to explain how.
Are you having problems with DOS programs where the keyboard doesn’t always come up with the right symbols? This is because DOS programs under Vista are assumed to be using an American keyboard layout. To change this you have to dig a bit.
There’s an equivalent to AUTOEXEC.BAT called AUTOEXEC.NT in C:\WINDOWS\system32. This won’t be news to many, it’s been around for a while. From inside this you can load the appropriate keyboard driver in the same way as you did under DOS – i.e. keyb uk
Except you can’t – they’ve renamed keyb kb16. Good name, eh?
So to get a UK keyboard back I’ve found that adding the line:
does the trick. If you’re in some other country, you could try your two-letter country code in place of UK. 850 refers to the code page.
The probably works with Windows 7. Now that I’m just getting used to Vista.