Changing code page

Compaq Deskpro 4000
May 25, 2008 at 16:29:03
Specs: Windows 2000 Profess, PII 266MHz/512MB

How can I change the code page, using the control panel please?

I find, when using PCs set to c.p. 437, that many of the special characters obtainable by typing 'Numlock > Alt ###' have changed for less useful ones, while on PCs set to c.p. 850 are not affected.

Alternatively, is a list of characters obtainable for either c.p. 437 or 850 or both available anywhere?

Thank you for any help at all.


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May 26, 2008 at 08:53:12
Since there is no true DOS in Windows 2000, this may not be possible.

You may have better luck in the Programming Forum. Why not PM Justin Weber and ask him to move this post?

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May 27, 2008 at 06:52:25
W2K doesn't use code pages, per se, but 'regional settings' [or 'input locales']

But it seems odd that typing the decimal ASCII code won't produce the expected char. The may be an issue with the app you're using.

157 puts out ¥ here and notepad and write.

If at first you don't succeed, you're about average.


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May 27, 2008 at 17:55:33
Hello Jennifer SUMN and M2,

Thanks for you response.

At the moment here, in the UK, if you type 'chcp' at the DOS prompt, on some machines you get 437 and on others 850; it's pot luck. On those set to 437 ASCII 157 does nowadays give '¥', but 850 gives 'Ø', as did 437 at one time.

The block; 128 to 256 under 850 seems to contain more useful characters than the same block under 437, plus the fact that I have memorised a number of them over the years and would therefore like to switch my two machines, with Win 2000 and Win XP, to 850, but cannot.

[A third, really old machine, with DOS 6.2 and WFW 3.11 (yes, still in use for some jobs), is the same whether set to 437 or 850, where 157 gives 'Ø'.]

Anyway, the 'chcp' settng indicated in the DOS window of 2000/XP does seem to have some bearing on a machine's normal operation in 2000 or XP but, whatever it is set to, there seems no way of changing it, other than temporarily while in DOS mode, and only as long as the DOS window remains open.

Thank you both for your response.



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