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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Enabling International Support in Windows XP/Server 2003 Family

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.

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.

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


Go to Control Panel.

Go to Control Panel


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

Date, Time, Language, and Regional Options


Click on Regional and Language Options.

Regional and Language Options


The Regional and Language Options applet appears.

Regional and Language Options


Click on the Languages tab.

Languages tab.


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


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.

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