The new language locales that are supported by Windows XP Service Pack 2 and Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005

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SUMMARY

This article discusses the new language locales that are included in Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) and Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005. References in this article that are made to Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) also apply to Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005. This article discusses how to use the new locales to specify how some programs display numbers, currencies, dates, and times. This article also discusses how to use the new locales to specify the language that is used by a program that does not use Unicode encoding. If you use one of the new locales and you want to remove Windows XP SP2 from the computer, you must change the locale to a locale that is not one of the new locales that are included in Windows XP SP2 before you remove Windows XP SP2 from the computer.

INTRODUCTION

This article contains information about the new language locales that Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) supports. This article discusses how to use the new locales to specify how some programs display numbers, currencies, dates, and times. This article also discusses how to use the new locales to specify the language that is used by non-Unicode programs. Also, this article contains information about how to remove Windows XP SP2 from the computer if you use one of the new locales.

New locales that Windows XP SP2 supports

Besides the existing language locales, Windows XP SP2 supports the following new language locales:
  • Bengali - India
  • Croatian - Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Bosnian - Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Serbian (Latin) - Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Serbian (Cyrillic) - Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Welsh - United Kingdom
  • Maori - New Zealand
  • Malayalam - India
  • Maltese - Malta
  • Quechua - Bolivia
  • Quechua - Ecuador
  • Quechua - Peru
  • Setswana (Tswana) - South Africa
  • isiXhosa (Xhosa) - South Africa
  • isiZulu ( Zulu) - South Africa
  • Sesotho sa Leboa (Northern Sotho) - South Africa
  • Sami, Northern - Norway
  • Sami, Northern - Sweden
  • Sami, Northern - Finland
  • Sami, Lule - Norway
  • Sami, Lule - Sweden
  • Sami, Southern - Norway
  • Sami, Southern - Sweden
  • Sami, Skolt - Finland
  • Sami, Inari - Finland

Specify regional options

To use the new locales in the Regional and Language Options tool in Control Panel to specify how some programs display numbers, currencies, dates, and times, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, click Run, type intl.cpl in the Open box, and then click OK.
  2. Click the Regional Options tab.
  3. In the Select an item to match its preferences, or Click Customize to choose your own formats box, click the appropriate locale, and then click OK.

Specify the language that is used for non-Unicode programs

To use the new locales in the Regional and Language Options tool in Control Panel to specify the language that is used by programs that do not use Unicode encoding, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, click Run, type intl.cpl in the Open box, and then click OK.
  2. Click the Advanced tab.
  3. In the Select a language to match the language version of the non-Unicode programs you want to use box, click the locale that you want, and then click OK.

Examine the locale that you are using before you remove Windows XP SP2 from your computer

If you are using one of the new locales in the Regional and Language Options tool in Control Panel and you want to remove Windows XP SP2 from your computer, change the locale to a locale that is not one of the new locales that Windows XP SP2 supports before you remove Windows XP SP2 from the computer. For example, make sure that the locale that is configured is not one of the new locales that are listed in the "New locales that Windows XP SP2 supports" section.

Change the locale that is used to specify regional options

To change the locale in the Regional and Language Options tool in Control Panel that specifies how some programs display numbers, currencies, dates, and times, follow these steps:

Note Perform this procedure for every user profile on the computer that is using one of the new locales that is included in Windows XP SP2 before you remove Windows XP SP2 from the computer.
  1. Click Start, click Run, type intl.cpl in the Open box, and then click OK.
  2. Click the Regional Options tab.
  3. In the Select an item to match its preferences, or Click Customize to choose your own formats box, click a locale that is not listed in the "New locales that Windows XP SP2 supports" section, and then click OK.

Change the locale that is used to specify the language that is used for non-Unicode programs

To change the locale in the Regional and Language Options tool in Control Panel that specifies the language that is used by programs that do not use Unicode encoding, follow these steps:

Note Perform this procedure for every user profile on the computer that is using one of the new locales that is included in Windows XP SP2 before you remove Windows XP SP2 from the computer.
  1. Log on to the computer as a user with administrator credentials.
  2. Click Start, click Run, type intl.cpl in the Open box, and then click OK.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. In the Select a language to match the language version of the non-Unicode programs you want to use box, click a locale that is not listed in the "New locales that Windows XP SP2 supports" section, and then click OK.

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Article ID: 883262 - Last Review: November 12, 2004 - Revision: 3.2
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 (SP2)
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 (SP2)
  • Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition Service Pack 2 (SP2)
  • Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005
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