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How to do a backslash in dos on boot to W8 install disk

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    How to do a backslash in dos on boot to W8 install disk


    Hi

    when booting to the W8 install disk and going to the dos prompt, my backslash come out as a #, I have tried
    different keyboards in the first screen but nothing helps so far.

    Apparently it depends on the keyboard configuration in the dos program, how can i find out what that is, or how else can I fix this problem.

    All help appreciated.

    Thanks

    Daniel

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    Windows 8.0 x64


    It may be what they call a "code page." I never got involved with them as I just programed for English Language flavors of Dos and Windows. You might try MS knowledgebase how to set the code page for the command prompt that appears. Or perhaps someone here is familiar with it and will chime in.
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    You can try holding down the "alt" key on your keyboard then pressing the "9" and "2" keys on the number pad. 92 is the ascii code for the backslash.
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    Please look at your original post:
    Corrupt files found but not fixed in SFC /Scannow
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    Quote Originally Posted by xunile View Post
    You can try holding down the "alt" key on your keyboard then pressing the "9" and "2" keys on the number pad. 92 is the ascii code for the backslash.
    Perfect, it worked, I did see that method on a Google search but it did not mention the Number Pad, so I tried the numbers on top of the keyboard which did not work.

    Thanks for your help.

    Cheers

    Daniel
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    I know why it does this, your Install Disk is probably a UK install disk, cos mine is this way too, if not UK, another country. My install disk makes the @ come up as the British sign for "Pounds". I was able to alter the keyboard during install somehow, its been a while so I forgot what I did.
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    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    I know why it does this, your Install Disk is probably a UK install disk, cos mine is this way too, if not UK, another country. My install disk makes the @ come up as the British sign for "Pounds". I was able to alter the keyboard during install somehow, its been a while so I forgot what I did.
    When I installed W8 for the first time it defaulted to US International, which is the keyboard I have, when I booted to the same disk this time it defaulted to UK, I tried both UK and US but neither gave me a backslash, but ALT 92 did.
    Wonderful things these forums.. Thankfully.

    Cheers

    Daniel
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    International, yah thats the problem - It has to be Qwerty, you probably have Dvorak.

    US international is for Touch Screens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by daniellouwrens View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    I know why it does this, your Install Disk is probably a UK install disk, cos mine is this way too, if not UK, another country. My install disk makes the @ come up as the British sign for "Pounds". I was able to alter the keyboard during install somehow, its been a while so I forgot what I did.
    When I installed W8 for the first time it defaulted to US International, which is the keyboard I have, when I booted to the same disk this time it defaulted to UK, I tried both UK and US but neither gave me a backslash, but ALT 92 did.
    Wonderful things these forums.. Thankfully.

    Cheers

    Daniel
    Do not use SHIFT+F10 but use the procedure below after setting Keyboard and input Method to US:
    1. Click Next
    2. Repair Your PC
    3. Trouble Shooting
    4. Advanced
    5. Command Prompt


    This should fix it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by daniellouwrens View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    I know why it does this, your Install Disk is probably a UK install disk, cos mine is this way too, if not UK, another country. My install disk makes the @ come up as the British sign for "Pounds". I was able to alter the keyboard during install somehow, its been a while so I forgot what I did.
    When I installed W8 for the first time it defaulted to US International, which is the keyboard I have, when I booted to the same disk this time it defaulted to UK, I tried both UK and US but neither gave me a backslash, but ALT 92 did.
    Wonderful things these forums.. Thankfully.

    Cheers

    Daniel
    Do not use SHIFT+F10 but use the procedure below after setting Keyboard and input Method to US:
    1. Click Next
    2. Repair Your PC
    3. Trouble Shooting
    4. Advanced
    5. Command Prompt


    This should fix it.
    Hi

    I tried that and had the same issue. Anyway it's all fixed now.

    Cheers

    Daniel
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