My obserservations using Windows XP are as follows.
You can download, install and use a layout imediately but a blank spot apears in the language bar where the layout name should be until after your first reboot.
The windows logon is always qwerty after a reboot, windows switches to the default layout following the logon and startup. However the logon prompt is in that default layout after a hibernation or a sleep.
Setting a different layout via the language bar will effect the application you're currently focused on and any future aplications you launch. The exception to that behavior is the MS windows things things like folders, search promts etc, they can be changed but future ones always start with the default layout.
Overall the alternate layouts work good and are consistent, the only program i've had any isues with at all is activewords and i think those can be resolved.
Last edited by mpteach (02-Jan-2006 07:50:28)