Chinese Characters Don’t Display Properly in Microsoft Vista

The title says it all: hanzi and vista do not get along. (Then, Vista seems to have problems processing the English language, but still…)

At first I thought this was limited to iTunes on Vista, owing to that famous incompatibility (especially considering the haphazard nature of the error.

We assumed this was some specific problem with ID3 tags, considering other users report similar issues.

However, Lady of tdaxp pointed out that Chinese characters improperly display in many parts of the operating system

Vista may be the future, but if so, it’s an annoying future.

9 thoughts on “Chinese Characters Don’t Display Properly in Microsoft Vista”

  1. If that's the biggest problem you have with Vista, then consider yourself quite lucky, at least compared to my experience with it anyway. It took weeks to get it working right.

    Once it's up though, it stays going. And ReadyBoost is quite a feature.

  2. Steve,

    What problems did you have with Vista?

    Another one I had was a folder I copied over from a USB drive that I couldn't see unless I typed in the path manually. It turned out the folder was both a system folder and hidden, and unless you removed these settings with one command

    attrib -s -h foldername

    It would error out.


  3. I initially did an upgrade which threw all of my development tools asunder. I had to reset permissions, install IIS four times and generally hate life.

    Then I did a clean install (which took about two days including installing everything and migrating settings) and had a bit of trouble getting Sql Server into shape, but after that, it's been quite nice.

  4. I did some more digging. It's a version requirement. 🙁

    “With additional language files, you can change the display language on your computer so that you can view wizards, dialog boxes, menus, Help topics, and other items in Windows in a different language.

    There are two types of language files:

    Windows Vista Multilingual User Interface Pack (MUI).‌ Windows Vista MUIs provide a translated version of most of the user interface. MUIs require a license to be used and are only available with Windows Vista Ultimate and Windows Vista Enterprise. If you are using Windows Vista Ultimate, you can download MUIs by using Windows Update. If you are using Windows Vista Enterprise, contact your system administrator for information about installing additional languages.”

  5. I'm guessing many people are having the same issues. I didn't know that this problem existed till I got Windows Vista Home Premium Edition, is there anyways to solve this problem? Other than having to upgrade the Windows to Business or Ultimate? Microsoft needs to release some hardcore language display patches soon for Windows Vista Home. It's totally essential since I can't display Chinese/Korean/Japanese and whatever at all when it comes to seeing it. If anyone knows how or have the MUI or LIP or whatever for this problem for Vista Home, please help me. Thanks.

  6. I found a workaround by doing the following:

    In the Regional and Language Options dialog, switch to Administrative tab, then click on “Change System Locale…” and switch to Chinese (PRC) (or other appropriate languages).


  7. xiayun: that works……..but only for the file manager…the characters still don't show up on Media Player >< this is very annoying

  8. The problem is still there, still not fixed by an update or service pack.

    It’s horrible user-experience like this which has made the Vista name trash.

    Does Microsoft really think no one of import does work in more than one language? Or that Windows is not for them?

    I’ve replaced Microsoft Pinyin with Google Pinying IME [1] for my hanzi needs. It’s not a solution to this problem, but it shows another area where Microsoft’s multiple-language support lags behind the competition’s.


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