Installing Other (non-Western) Languages into Windows 2000:
a Step-by-Step Guide

Open Start -> Settings -> Control Panel and then open Regional Options:

In order to do this installation, you must have Administrator privileges when logged in.


The lower part of this panel is what you want to look at first. You can scroll through the list to see what languages have already been installed (as indicated by a check in the box); most default installations from the factory do not have any other language packs installed.

Check all the languages that you think a user might want to use on this machine. Now you are ready to begin the process of installing system resources for the checked language(s).

Very import: Be sure you have the Windows 2000 CD ready. These optional components are rarely pre-installed.

In this example, I am installing the Japanese language. Once you have selected the languages you want to install (you can select as many as you think you might need), then click the "Apply" button.
You might get this warning panel. As mentioned above, the multilingual system resources are rarely available on the hard drive as part of the factory install of Windows 2000. You will have to obtain a CD install version of Windows 2000 to access these components. Any CD will do, it does not have to be the one that was used to install Windows 2000 originally. Use the "Browse" button to locate the named file in to the folder indicated in the field. The directories will be the same on the CD; the click "Retry"

All the components are then copied over.

When finished, Windows will want to reboot (no surprise here).

After rebooting, return the Regional Options panel to enable selected languages. This can be done on a per account basis. In other words, if the administrator has installed Cyrillic, Chinese (Traditional), and Japanese; user A who wants to use Cyrillic will log in and enable Cyrillic input locales for their account; user B who wants to use Chinese (Traditional) & Japanese will log in and enable those input locales, etc. See Part 2.

At this point you have installed the necessary components for the language(s) you have selected on your machine; you will probably be asked to reboot the machine and it is a good idea to log in again as administrator to make sure the installation is complete. To actually use the(se) language(s), you will have to setup input locales on a per user basis (part 2).
If you have any questions of comments about this demonstration, please contact Robert at californiadream dot com.