Part A – Setting the system locale to Japanese:
(You will need administrator privileges to set this. If you don’t know what that means, you are probably already running as administrator and don’t need to worry about it.)
Bring up the Regional and Language Options control panel. On the Languages tab, make sure ‘Install files for East Asian Languages’ is checked.
If the box is not checked already then you will NEED the windows xp CD! and NO! you cannot download the files you need! the CD is the only way to do it!
Now, select the Advanced tab and set the Language for non-Unicode programs to Japanese.
Now press OK. Press OK when prompted to reboot. Alternatively, you can set Part B below before rebooting.
Part B – Setting the user locale to Japanese:
In many cases, setting just the system locale (Part A) to Japanese will be sufficient, but there are a number of Japanese applications that also require the user locale to be set to Japanese in to run properly. In general, I recommend setting both so you don’t have to worry about it.
One thing you need to keep in mind about changing your user locale is that it also changes your default display for Numbers, Currency, , and Date toJapanese standards. This setting affects virtually all software you run on your computer. If you use a spreadsheet (Microsoft Excel, etc) or a financial program (Quicken, etc), and you set your user locale toJapanese but fail to Customise the settings back to that to which you are accustomed, you may be surprised later when dates are displayed in Japanese order, yen symbols appear where you expect dollar signs, etc. Fixing this is easy. But you do need to be aware of it.
In Windows? XP, bring up the Regional and Language Options control panel. Under the Standards and formats setting, set your time/date display settings to Japanese.
The above setting will fix programs that rely on the user locale for proper font selection. (Before and After)
This is a per-user setting. If you have multiple user on this system, each one needs this setting to assure 100% support forJapanese software when using that account.
After setting this, your time, date, and number displays will be set to Japanese standards. For more about about this, see the about Customizing the Time and Date After Changing User Locale.
Part C – Entering text in Japanese:
Parts A&B should be all you need to play games, but if you need to be able to text in Japanese:
In Windows? XP, press the Details button on the Languages tab of the Regional and Language Options control panel and you will be presented with a screen where you can add input methods for all the languages Windows? XP supports.
Press the Details button on the Languages tab of the Regional and Language Options control panel and you will be presented with a screen where you can add input methods for all the languages Windows? XP supports.
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