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    On Windows XP, click Start, then click Control Panel. In some versions, you might need to click Start -> Settings -> Control Panel.

    In the Control Panel, click Regional on Language Options (note: based on how you chose to view your Control Panel icons, it might look different than the pic below). The Regional on Language Options box below pops up. Go to Languages tab.

    Spoiler


    If "Install files for East Asian Languages" is already checked, nothing else to do here. If not, check it now. You might need your Windows XP installation disc from which your Windows was installed and in some cases without it proceeding might be impossible. Get yourself a WinXP disc somehow.

    After the install procedure is done, you might be prompted to restart. Do it if so.

    Again, come back to the Regional on Language Options using Control Panel. This time go to the Advanced tab.



    There, in the drop down list under "Language for non-Unicode programs", select Japanese. No need to do anything in the Code page conversion tables, leave that alone.

    Click OK and you'll be asked to restart. Do it again.

    After restart, your Computer will be able to play most Japanese games. If you still can't play it, go back to that same Regional on Language Options box and change the settings in your "Regional Options" tab to "Japanese (Japan)" as well. This usually doesn't require restarting. Now you should be able to play 95% of the Japanese games.

    A small no. of games will still not work unless you have a Japanese version of Windows to begin with, because the creators don't want non-Japanese people to be able to play them. For them you'll have to look for a region check bypass crack so that the game runs without checking for a Japanese OS. Ask for it in the site or the HongFire thread where you got the game from.

    Thanks to sailabc1 for making the xp guide.

    https://www.hongfire.com/forum/conte...nese-Windows-7

    Please see this guide for windows 7info.
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    Last edited by HongFire; 08-15-2011, 11:43 PM. Reason: Add pic for Win XP, add new link
    What screen resolution are you using in 2016?
    http://www.hongfire.com/forum/forum/...-using-in-2016

  • #2
    Are you talking about making your system show the japanese letter thingies (don't remember what those are called right now) correctly?

    BTW, I've always wanted to ask what sort of keyboards japanese people use. I mean that they have so many of those letter thingies, (somene please also tell me what those are called) that I doubt it'd make sense to fit all of them on one keyboard... Can someone tell me?

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    • #3
      Those "thingies" are either kana or kanji. There are 2 types of kana, hiragana (the more curvy kind) and katakana (the more angular kind), and they represent the phonetic sounds in Japanese ("ka", "ki", "shi", "tsu", etc.). Yep, 3 different writing systems (4 if you count romaji).

      As for how they input all those characters, it's done via an IME (Input Method Editor IIRC), which are really quite cool. Type in your word in romaji on non-Japanese systems or kana on Japanese systems using a Japanese keyboard and it shows up in kana, hit the spacebar, and you get all the kanji that those kana could represent. You can do that on whole sentences, too, and more often than not, you'll get the right thing.

      If you're curious, here is a picture of a Japanese keyboard.

      Back on topic, there is also an excellent guide to Japanese gaming on WinXP here.
      Last edited by kikori; 08-25-2004, 05:10 PM.
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      • #4
        Nice post. I am gonna get a japanese keyboad to learn japanese when i have time. :/
        What screen resolution are you using in 2016?
        http://www.hongfire.com/forum/forum/...-using-in-2016

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        • #5
          And do not forget Apploc works in english mode to view japanese characters but not all games work. "http://www.microsoft.com/globaldev/tools/apploc.mspx"

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          • #6
            test for ch&jp

            よろしく~
            你好~

            wow~coooool....

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            • #7
              Hi i found theres no example for win2k users so i will post for those win2k user.

              Go to "Control Panel" and click "Regional Options". Then click "Set default..."
              under the select appropriate locale , select japanese & click ok.
              If u have include japanese during ur win2k installation , the system will pop up
              telling u that the file already exist and whether u want to use it. just click
              yes & yes again to restart. For those who did not include, well u will be
              prompt to insert ur win2k CD so it can copy the require file over.

              Sorry i did not include a pic here . i try to insert pic here but not successful.
              maybe my method wrong.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by eiokh
                Hi i found theres no example for win2k users so i will post for those win2k user.

                Go to "Control Panel" and click "Regional Options". Then click "Set default..."
                under the select appropriate locale , select japanese & click ok.
                If u have include japanese during ur win2k installation , the system will pop up
                telling u that the file already exist and whether u want to use it. just click
                yes & yes again to restart. For those who did not include, well u will be
                prompt to insert ur win2k CD so it can copy the require file over.

                Sorry i did not include a pic here . i try to insert pic here but not successful.
                maybe my method wrong.
                Could you please start a new thread name win2k walkthru and it would be better if you can post screenshot with detailed guide then i will sticky it.
                What screen resolution are you using in 2016?
                http://www.hongfire.com/forum/forum/...-using-in-2016

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                • #9
                  Odd, my pc doesn't have Arial Unicode MS.....I'm on XP too. I can't seem to find it online either, is it non-existant now?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Valermos
                    And do not forget Apploc works in english mode to view japanese characters but not all games work. "http://www.microsoft.com/globaldev/tools/apploc.mspx"
                    First of all, Apploc only works on XP/2003 so far and won't install on Win2k.

                    I've tested this method on XP instead of changing the system locale ( b/c it raises some problems with localized special folders in French XP) with two games and a few other Japanese apps and it seems to work somehow.

                    By tweaking things a bit, I have created a batch file and hexed the AppLocale program to get rid of the nag that sometimes appear at startup. I also added a contextual menu entry for .exe and .lnk files to quickly launch them with the Japanese code page.

                    Extract these files to the AppPatch directory of your windows directory (e.g. C:\WINDOWS\AppPatch). Make a backup copy of AppLoc.exe before replacing, just in case.
                    Then, to register the menu entry, merge the .reg file.

                    As you pointed out, it doesn't work for all games.

                    Update:
                    Added Korean sub-entry (only tested with War of Genesis III setup )
                    old version
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                    Last edited by Rasqual; 10-15-2004, 07:24 AM.
                    HF-modding/translation #47 HF-Bishoujo Games

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                    • #11
                      test:

                      我愛你們! 可是我不是同性戀! XD
                      Last edited by Paizu; 09-24-2004, 03:42 PM.

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                      • #12
                        are you sure?

                        Are you sure it wont work on 2k? Because you realize the only main diff between 2k and xp is the gui. They use the same kernal to operate the system and for the most part are the same. Xp is a tad more user friendly for some, but I still prefer 2k myself =P.

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                        • #13
                          stupid question whats mIRC?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by zatrayis
                            Are you sure it wont work on 2k? Because you realize the only main diff between 2k and xp is the gui. They use the same kernal to operate the system and for the most part are the same. Xp is a tad more user friendly for some, but I still prefer 2k myself =P.
                            I never had a problem with games setting the system locale to Japanese in Windows 2000. eiokh explained it a bit fast, but it's somewhere in the "Regional Options" applet of the cfg panel.

                            Re: mIRC: Google Is Your Friend
                            Last edited by Rasqual; 09-26-2004, 08:55 PM.
                            HF-modding/translation #47 HF-Bishoujo Games

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                            • #15
                              that's a lot of help
                              thank you all
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