Changing System Locale(language) to Run Non-Unicode Programs

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If you are having trouble running non-unicode programs, for example if you are not able to see the text in certain chinese programs, you should change the system locale/language in order to run the programs correctly.

I think I should show you another example in detail.

  • Before Changing system Language (Program: Thunder Downloader) :
    Before Changing system Locale (Program: Thunder Downloader)
  • After Changing system Language (Program: Thunder Downloader) :
    After Changing system Language (Program: Thunder Downloader)


To change the system locale in Windows Vista:

  • Select Control Panel from the Start menu.
  • Select “Clock, Language and Region”.
  • Then click on “Regional and Language Options”.
  • A small window will show up, click on Administrative tab.
  • Under “language for non-unicode programs”, click on Change System Locale button.
  • Under “System current locale”, select the language from the drop-down list that meets the needs of your non-unicode programs.

For Win XP:

  • Select Control Panel from the Start menu.
  • Double click on “Regional and Language Options”.
  • Click on the Advanced tab.
  • Under “System current locale”, select the language from the drop-down list that meets the needs of your non-unicode programs.
    Windows XP changing system language
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  • yueng chen

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    well, it seems like good advices for begginners ;)

  • Riads

    I am trying to switch to Japanese on XP SP3. However, when I select the language and hit apply a message comes up asking me to insert the XP Pro SP3 CD. That i do not have. Is there any way i can use a language pack of something of the sort?