how do i install chinese without i386?

August 12, 2011 at 20:16:12
Specs: Windows XP
I DON'T HAVE A WINDOWS XP CD AND ALSO A DIRECTORY I386. HOW DO I INSTALL CHINESE?! I'M FRUSTRATED ALREADY.

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August 12, 2011 at 21:49:58
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Does your computer have a brand name system software installation installed on it ?

If yes, the \i386 folder (directory) is probably already on your hard drive but you are prevented from seeing it by defaullt, or it's on a hidden second partition on the same hard drive.
Brand name system software installations usually do that so that you don't need to provide the Windows CD.

If your computer DOES have a brand name system software installation installed on it,
go to
Control Panel - Classic view - Regional and Language Options.
Click on the Languages tab
Click on the box before Install East Asian Languages to insert a checkmark
If you also want that, click on the box before Install files for complex script...
to insert a checkmark.
Click on OK at the bottom of the Languages window.
If Windows is able to find the \i386 folder wherever it is on the hard drive, despite you not being able to see it, you will NOT be prompted to provide the XP CD.
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If that doesn't help, I don't think your problem can be solved unless you borrow an XP CD from someone, or get a copy of the \i386 folder from an XP CD. Preferably it should be for the same version of XP as is installed on your computer - Home or Pro.
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If that's successful, I know from experience with a friend's computer who has installed Chinese support that some web pages will not display properly in Chinese unless you change another setting in
Control Panel - Classic view - Regional and Language Options.
Click on the Languages tab
Click on the Details button .
Click on the Add button.
Add Input Language pops up.
Select
Chinese (People's Republic of China)
Click on OK at the bottom of the Add Input Language window.

That changes the Locale in System Information to People's Republic of China.

NOTE that some software installation programs use the Locale setting to determine which language to show you while installing software.
In some cases when the Locale is set to People's Republic of China, you'll see gibberish (improper characters) instead of text you can read.
In that case, you need to change the Locale back to United States or some other English speaking country. .
Control Panel - Classic view - Regional and Language Options.
Click on the Languages tab
Click on the Details button .
Select English (United States), or some other English speaking country from the Installed Services box.
Click on OK at the bottom of the window.

The same happens in reverse.
Some Chinese iinstallation programs will not display Chinese text properly (improper characters) unless the Locale is set to People's Republic of China.
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Note that I don't have East Asian languages installed on my own computer - I'm going by what I remember. If I don't have the settings in Regional and Language Options quite right, I could load East Asian languages and correct the instructions.


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