What? Are you are saying when you want to press ' you have to actually hit the Spacebar or something before it prints on screen? Obviously with " you typically would have to press-down SHIFT.
I suspect it's to do with your "keyboard and language settings" where your quote key might be set to do another action like an accented character.
Maybe: Start > Control Panel > Regional & Language Options.
Have you have enabled an international keyboard layout or something strange?