Installing East Asian Language Support Under Microsoft Windows


This document is intended as a guide to installing and using Chinese and Japanese on a PC running Microsoft Windows. Once East Asian language support is installed on your PC, you can create documents in Chinese, Japanese or Korean with most Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, Outlook Express, etc.) , and with some non-Microsoft applications. You can even mix languages in your document.

The installation of East Asian language support and their input methods vary some between Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP, and Windows Vista. So I have created separate pages for these three Windows platforms. I have also included numerous screen shots to illustrate the steps involved. For maximum clarity, I have not reduced the dimensions of most of these shots, but have optimized their sizes for Web display. Some of the choices taken during installation may be replaced by other options based on your personal preferences and expertise --- the ones picked here are the ones that may be easiest for people with little or no experience in using Microsoft's Input Method Editors for foreign languages.

Unlike Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP, and Windows Vista, Windows 95/98/Me/NT4 do not have built-in East Asian language support: users have to download the Asian language support and input editor files from Microsoft's Web site.

I have provided an introduction on how to input Chinese and Japanese in Windows applications. It should be emphasized that the steps used in inputting text are for illustrative purposes and may not represent the most efficient ones to achieve the desired results, particularly for skilled users.

English Windows users have often encountered problems with un-decoded or garbled e-mail messages in East Asian languages. Accordingly, I have provided tips on how to transmit and decode e-mail messages in Chinese and Japanese properly with popular e-mail problems written for English Windows.

If you still run into problems with installing East Asian language support or with using East Asian languages on the Windows platform after consulting the relevant pages, please check out the Frequently Asked Questions section for possible answers.

For Korean language computing, see Frank Hoffmann's comprehensive compilation on

For questions related to the MacOS X platform, please consult the excellent Yale University's Chinese Mac and Christopher Bolton's Japanese for Your Mac Web sites. Charles Muller of Tōyō Gakuen University has an introduction with relevant links for East Asian languages on the Linux/Unix platforms.

Please e-mail me your comments, suggestions, and corrections.

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