Global Development and Computing Portal   Global Development and Computing Portal
Hands-On

Enabling International Support in Windows XP/Server 2003 Family

Posted: March 27, 2003
On this page

Related Links

 

 

 

 

With multiple languages and keyboards/Input Method Editors (IMEs) installed on your computer, you can compose documents that contain more than one language. Any recipients of multilingual documents must also have the same languages installed on their computers to read or edit the documents.

 

 

Add Language Support



NOTES:
1) To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Administrators group on the local computer, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority. If the computer is joined to a domain, members of the Domain Admins group might be able to perform this procedure.

2) The below illustrations are from Windows XP. The steps for Server 2003 are almost identical. Differences are noted in BOLD.

1. Go to Control Panel.



















2. Click on Date, Time, Language, and Regional Options. Skip this step if you are running Server 2003.



















3. Click on Regional and Language Options.



















4. The Regional and Language Options applet appears.






























5. Click on the Languages tab.






























6. Under Supplemental language support, select the check box beside the applicable language collection:

  •  Install files for complex script and right-to-left languages, or
  •  Install files for East Asian languages





























The complex script and right-to-left languages include Arabic, Armenian, Georgian, Hebrew, the Indic languages, Thai, and Vietnamese; the East Asian languages include Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. The files for most other languages are installed on your computer automatically by Windows.

To find out which language collection to install to support the language(s) you need, see Windows XP - List of Locale IDs, Input Locale, and Language Collection

7. Click OK or Apply.

You will prompted to insert the Windows CD-ROM or point to a network location where the files are located.

After the files are installed, you must restart your computer.

To remove the language files, clear the check box beside the applicable collection, and then click OK or Apply.

To top of page

Add Keyboard/Input Method Editor

1. Follow steps 1 - 5 from "Add Language Support" above.

2. Under "Text services and input languages," click on the "Details..." button.






























3. Under Installed Services, click "Add..."






























4. In the Add Input Language dialog box, click the input language and keyboard layout or Input Method Editor (IME) you want to add.












Once done, click OK to exit. On the Text Services and Input Languages page, click OK again to close Regional Options.

5. You should now see a language indicator in the System Tray (located at bottom right hand corner of the desktop by default)




NOTE: You can switch between different input methods by pressing the left Alt + Shift keys or the right Alt + Shift keys
To top of page

Changing Language for non-Unicode Programs

Also known as "System Locale" in Windows 2000. This setting enables programs that do not support Unicode to display menus and dialog boxes in their native language by installing the necessary code pages and fonts. However, programs designed for other languages may not display text correctly.

NOTES:
1) To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Administrators group on the local computer, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority. If the computer is joined to a domain, members of the Domain Admins group might be able to perform this procedure.

2) Only non-Unicode programs are affected by this setting. The language you select for this option does not change the menus and dialog boxes of Windows or other Unicode programs.

1. Follow steps 1 - 4 from "Add Language Support" above.

2. Click on the "Advanced" tab






























3. Under "Language for non-Unicode program," select the language version of non-Unicode programs that will be used.






























4. Click OK

5. Follow the on-screen instructions. You will be prompted to reboot the system. Click Yes to complete the change.


To top of page

 

2005 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. Terms of Use |Trademarks |Privacy Statement