I posted this in the Russian forum recently, & had two takers. Putting it here in the hope of reaching a wider audience.
Many people, myself included, prefer to type Russian using a Cyrillic "YaWERTY" or "Student" keyboard layout, such as the one designed by Paul Gorodyansky, available at http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/PaulGor/kbd_eng.htm
I was using this on my desktop (Windows XP) computer, but I had problems getting it to work on a new laptop (Vista), though Paul gives instructions for installing it under Vista. The computer refused to recognize the presence of a certain file in the specified location, though it was in fact there, so it may have been a registry problem. I emailed Paul and he gave me some advice, which I followed, but still without success. So I tried to create my own layout using Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator. I had tried this software before and never understood it well enough to make it work, but this time I succeeded, and created my own layout, almost identical to Paul's, but with the @ and the " switched with each other to make it more like a UK English keyboard, as opposed to the US English one on which Paul's was based, and with the addition of a plus sign instead of one of the forward slashes, of which there are two in Paul's layout.
Here is mine:
So why am I telling you all this? Well, the point is that having created it, I had a folder which I transferred by a memory stick to my desktop computer and installed it there, by a much simpler procedure than that required for the Paul Gorodyansky layout. All you do is double-click the folder, double-click the Setup file in it, which will then proceed with the setup (but invisibly, without the usual blue process bar) until it is complete, when it will come back to tell you so. If you go into Control Panel > Regional and Language Settings and look up the keyboards available for Russian, you will find the new one there. Check that, uncheck all other Russian keyboards, and you will have your new YaWERTY keyboard layout.
I am willing to email this folder (free of charge, of course) to anyone who wants it and contacts me through my profile.
[Edited at 2008-10-08 15:15]
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