Setup Windows XP East Asian Languages Support
First version: 04.19.2004 | This revision: 08.01.2005 (GMT+8)
|Setup and Configuration|
|Like Windows 2000, XP supports East Asian languages, but it is not enabled by default. In this example, we will be setting up for Chinese.|
Have your xp setup CD ready and enable East Asian Languages
support. You can find Regional and Language Options in
Tick the option to install language support. Allow to reboot when asked.
Note the option installs files for Traditional and Simplified Chinese, Japanese and Korean. The user cannot choose which language to install - xp installs all 4 at once.
After the reboot, click the Details button.
On the next screen, you will see a screen listing
the keyboard services installed. Here is an example.
Click OK to exit.
Go to Advanced tab and change to Chinese. This example has
selected Chinese (Hong Kong), but you can also use Chinese
(Taiwan) or Chinese (PRC) or Japanese - it all depends on which of
the 4 Asian language you wish Windows to display by default when
viewing unicode text in all programs, e.g., ICQ.
Restart Windows when prompted. Congratulations, your Windows can now read and write Chinese : )
Microsoft has included a handwriting pad in its East Asian
Language support, similar to that bundled with Office XP.
While this doesn't apply to all languages and its operation is
somewhat slow, it is a blessing to those who don't know how to
type Chinese. In this example, we will show you how to use
The handwriting pad for Chinese input is installed in Microsoft New Phonetic IME 2002a service.
Change your Language Bar input to Chinese and then to the Phonetic
IME input. Click on the Menu icon at the right hand side
The Phonetic IME menu will popup. Select IME pad, and the
IME pad will be displayed (background).
There is a bug in the IME pad. Whenever the pad is enabled,
the handwriting area will contain wiggles that look like an
unfinished Chinese character. Click the Clear button before
Notice the + sign in the middle. This splits the handwriting
area into 4 upper and lower quadrants - to help the placement of
complex Chinese characters during writing. Here is an
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