Monday, January 3, 2011

Change System Locale for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7

The system locale allows non-Unicode programs to run on your computer using the specified language in order to display the required characters, fonts or symbols. 

You might need to change the default system locale when you need to have additional display languages on your computer. 

Selecting a different language doesn't affect the language in menus & dialog boxes for Windows or other programs that do use Unicode.

Note: You must be logged in with an account that has Administrative Privileges before changing the System Locale setting.

Change the System Locale for Windows XP

  1. Click Start > Control Panel.
  2. Select the Regional and Language Options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.

    If there is no Advanced tab, then you are not logged in with admin privileges.
  4. Under the Language for non-Unicode programs section, select the desired language from the drop down menu.
  5. Click OK to apply the changes.

    A dialog box prompted asking whether to use existing files or to install from the operating system CD.  Ensure that you have the installation CD ready.
  6. Follow the instructions to install the files.
  7. Restart the computer after the installation is complete.

MS Windows Vista / MS Windows 7

  1. Click to open Clock, Language and Region.


  2. Click the Administrative tab, and then, under Language for non-Unicode programs, click Change system locale...  

    If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.


  3. Select the language, and then click OK.


  4. To restart your computer, click Restart now.


Change system Locale to Display Chinese Simplified Language Menu in PPS (PPStream) 



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