Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Language Settings won't stick / One or more of the characters you typed in this field are invalid. Try typing different characters.

You may experience an issue when trying to update/amend regional settings in Windows, where the settings do not seem to stick or you receive the message 'One or more of the characters you typed in this field are invalid. Try typing different characters'

This usually occurs if you are missing a registry key

To resolve this issue, add the following registry key and its associated string values, and then restart your computer:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\International
iMeasure "1"
iNegCurr "0"
Locale "00000409"
sShortDate "MM/dd/yyyy"
sLongDate "MMMM dd,yyyy"

Obviously this adds the registry key to default US Settings, if you are in another locale simply go into Regional Settings and change to the locale that you are in and you will now find that this change sticks and the error does not appear.