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Concerned about Changing Languages on XP

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#1 NOxP


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Posted 25 October 2009 - 12:12 AM

Hi everyone,

I'm using Windows XP in Traditional Chinese, and as I live in Mainland China (where applications are mainly in Simplified Chinese, which characters do not show correctly in Traditional), I'd like to change the language on my PC. I've been told to do this by going to Settings>Regional and Language Settings>Advanced, and choosing the language in the drop-down menu. However, there are a few things I'm concerned about.

1. If something goes wrong (Murphy's Law comes to mind), is this reversible?
2. I use the Traditional Chinese version of Microsoft Office. If I changed the language settings of my PC, would the language of Office change accordingly? And would the language of other applications change too?

Thank you! I'd be happy to give any more required information.

(See this link "http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/241483/windows-xp-pro-sp3-garbage-characters-appearing-in-some-apps/" for another person's description of what goes wrong with Chinese characters on the OS of another language.)

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 25 October 2009 - 09:16 AM

Since we live in a universe...where things go wrong all the time...strategies such as backing up and having the ability to reinstall the O/S...are probably the best answers to your query, IMO.


#3 NOxP

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Posted 26 October 2009 - 03:29 AM

Hmm, thanks~

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Posted 26 October 2009 - 04:04 AM

Hi NOxP,

The answers to your questions:

1. yes
2. no

Not surer about chinese but ... I use a French keyboard, which e.g. is different from the ones used in the Netherlands. Changing the language from French to Dutch means that the characters on my keyboard change: the 'm' is an 'o' etc.

So beware!!

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