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How to install Chinese on Windows XP

11 June 2013
Getting Chinese text in Windows is quite easy. Providing you have administrator rights, you can simply enable it in the control panel.
  1. Open the Windows Control Panel.
  2. (If the Control Panel is in "Category view") Select "Date, Time, Language and Regional options."
  3. Open the "Regional and Language Options" icon.
  4. Choose the "Languages" tab, and ensure the "Install files for East Asian languages" is checked, as per the screenshot below:

    Windows Regional and Language Options dialog
  5. Click the "Details" button to open the "Text services and input languages" dialog.
  6. If "Chinese" is not listed in the "Installed Services" box, click "Add".
  7. In the "Input Language" list, choose "Chinese (PRC)". The "Keyboard layout" should default to "Chinese (Simplified) - Microsoft Pinyin IME 3.0". Click "Ok" on both dialogs to return to the "Regional and Language Options".
  8. Click "Ok", you will probably need to insert your Windows CD for the files to be installed.
  9. The language bar should now have appeared in the bottom right of the taskbar. It should default to English - "EN".
  10. Click on the "EN" button to show the available languages:

    Windows language bar
  11. By changing the language to "CH", you can now type in Pinyin. You can change the current language by pressing "ALT" + "SHIFT" on your keyboard.
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