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Changing W2k to English

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Grenge, Feb 17, 2003.

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  1. Grenge

    Grenge Thread Starter

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    A friend bought a second hand PC and it came with Win2k professional but all the letters are in chinese.
    Just wondering if there is some way to change the characters to english without having a Chinese person to translate or do I need to reinstall from an English Win2k disk?
     
  2. The_Egg

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    Just change it from Chinese to English in the
    "Regional & Language Options" Control Panel.

    You might require the Windows 2000 CD to be in the CD-ROM Drive for this . . .

    You might also require someone from your local Chinese Takeaway to show you which Control Panel icon is the "Regional Settings" one ;) :D
     
  3. mal1930

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    Hi, Got this from XP
    Open Regional and Language Options in Control Panel.
    On the Languages tab, under Text services and input languages, click Details.
    Under Installed services, click Add.
    In the Input language list, click the language you want to add.
    Select the check box for the type of text service you want to install, if multiple options are available, and then click a service in the list.
    If Keyboard Layout/IME is the only type of service available, click an option in that list.

    Notes

    To open Regional and Language Options, click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click Regional and Language Options.
    Add an input language if you want to insert or display text in that language. You must select at least one text service, such as a keyboard layout or Input Method Editor (IME), when you add a new language.
    Add only those languages you will use. Each language you add is loaded into memory when you start your computer and can affect performance.
    If the Language bar is displayed, you can right-click the Language bar and then click Settings to open the Text Services and Input Languages dialog box.

    If the original language is chinese it might be hard to find it. Peace Mal
     
  4. Grenge

    Grenge Thread Starter

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    Those settings would be easy enough to change but it is all in Chinese. I could just try by looking at the icons and try a bit of hit and miss.
    I was just wondering if there was an easier way to do this like a seperate program or just running Win2k setup from the CD.
     
  5. mal1930

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    Hi, If you friend did not want any of the programs why not clean install.

    If he does want some programs why not reinstall over the chinese OS as that might bring up the English version if when you are installing you change the region. It is worth having a shot as you will be no worse off than you are.

    Chinese is a hard language to learn.LOL peace Mal
     
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