Need to set up Windows Vista for typing in Russian? No problem! It’s pretty easy to do and you don’t need to buy any additional software. The instructions you need to follow to configure Windows Vista are listed below. I also made a very short video to show you how it’s done.
Step 1: Open the Windows control panel (click Start -> Control Panel).
Step 2: Click on the category “Change keyboards or other input methods.”
Step 3: Click the “Change Keyboards” button in the “Region and Language” window.
Step 4: Click “Add” in the “Text Services and Input Languages” window.
Step 5: Scroll down in the list and find “Russian (Russia)” and click the “+”
Step 6: Click the “+” next to “Keyboard.”
Step 7: Check the box next to “Russian” and click “OK.”
Step 8: Click “OK” two more times to close all the open dialog boxes.
You should see the “Language bar” near the left side of your taskbar. You can use this to switch input languages.
If you have trouble remembering where the keys are located, you can use the on-screen keyboard. The on-screen keyboard can be found by clicking All Programs -> Accessories -> Ease of Access -> On-Screen Keyboard. But really, you should pick up an English-Russian keyboard or some stickers for your keyboard so you can see the letters on the actual keys.