When managing computers in a corporate environment, it is common to find that there are too many keyboard layouts installed on a single machine. Keyboard layouts are the language-specific layouts of characters and symbols that a computer can produce when a key is pressed. The more keyboard layouts installed, the slower the machine may be when typing, as the computer must check which layout is associated with the key being pressed.
In addition to the performance implications, having too many installed keyboard layouts can also be a security risk. An attacker could potentially use a keyboard layout to gain access to restricted areas of a system or application.
Unfortunately, there is no central setting within Windows that allows an IT administrator to easily remove unneeded keyboard layouts. The only way to remove them is to uninstall them manually from each computer. This can be a tedious and time-consuming process, especially if there are multiple computers.
Fortunately, there is a workaround. The Microsoft Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) is a powerful tool that can be used to manage and automate various computer operations, including the installation and removal of software. By using WMI, an IT administrator can create a script that will scan all of the computers in their environment for any unnecessary keyboard layouts and then automatically uninstall them.
The process of creating and executing such a script is relatively straightforward. First, the IT administrator needs to create a WMI Query that will search for any keyboard layouts that are not needed. Next, they must create a PowerShell script that will execute the WMI Query and uninstall the keyboard layouts that are found. Finally, the script needs to be executed on all of the computers in the environment.
Although this process may seem daunting, it is actually quite simple and can be completed in a matter of minutes. By using WMI and PowerShell, IT administrators can quickly and easily remove unneeded keyboard layouts from their entire environment. This will help to ensure that their machines are secure and performing optimally.