This an FAQ: How to read and write Chinese (Simplified or Traditional Chinese) in English Windows XP. Many people thought people can do it only in Chinese Windows XP/2000. It is wrong. Since I reinstalled my English Windows XP, let me show you how to enable Chinese on English Windows.
Please note: This article assumes readers have only basic knowledge about the language of Chinese
By Default, You Cannot Read Chinese
This is how http://news.sina.com.cn looks like on English Windows Xp, before Chinese language package was installed.
- Click Start on the task bar, and click Run…
- Enter “intl.cpl” and click OK. This brings up the Region and Language Options.
- Click on the Language tab.
- Check “Install files for East Asia Languages”. Click OK when a promote box appears.
- Click OK. You may need to put your Windows XP installation CD in your CD ROM, or locate the source in your computer.
- Wait for several minutes until the files are installed.
Now You can Read
Going back to http://news.sina.com.cn, and it works now.
Steps to be able to Write in Chinese
The steps above only enable people to read Chinese. These are the steps to setup Chinese IME (Input Method Editor).
- Click Start on Windows task bar, and click Run…
- Enter “intl.cpl” and click OK.
- Switch to Language Tab (these are the same as the steps above).
- Click “Details…” in Text Services and Input Language area.
- Click “Add…”. The “Add Input Language” dialog box appears.
- Choose “Chinese (PRC)” in the Input Language drop down.
- Keep “Chinese (Simplified) – Microsoft Pinyin IME” in the Keyboard layout/IME field.
- Click OK twice.
Now you can input Chinese now. Here is a test.
- Open a text editor, like Notepad.
- Click on the IME icon on the right side of the taskbar of Windows. It is a [EN] icon.
- Choose [CH] Chinese (PRC)
- Enter “shanghai” and a space, Chinese character 上海 will apear in the notepad.
This is the simplest usage of IME. Really input Chinese is much more harder.