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Windows XP is a Unicode-based operating system with its own CJK fonts and input method editors but sometimes you may prefer a third-party CJK enabler, especially if you need more input methods (e.g. Traditional Chinese Pinyin to Hanzi) or want to read pre-Unicode encoded documents without changing your default language setting.


Install CJK Language Support

  1. Click on the Start button.
  2. Click on Control Panel.
  3. Click on "Date, Time, Language and Regional Options."
  4. Select the "Add other languages" task.
  5. Check the "Install files for East Asian languages" option and click on the Apply button.
  6. Click Yes when you are asked to restart Windows.
  7. Go to "Add other languages" again and click on the Details button.
  8. Click on the Add button.
  9. Select the language you want to add in the drop-down list of input languages.  You may also change the default input method editor in the drop-down list of keyboard layouts if you prefer another one.
  10. Click OK as many times as you are prompted to and then close "Date, Time, Language and Regional Options."
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CJK enablers

I have not tested any of the following applications under Windows XP.
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MViewNT Pro

The least expensive CJK enabler.  It supports the following character sets and encoding forms:
Language R/W 8-bit View 7-bit
Multilingual UTF-8 (read-only) UTF-7
Traditional Chinese Big5 -
Simplified Chinese GB, GBK HZ, ISO-2022
Japanese Shift-JIS, EUC-JP ISO-2022
Korean KSC (= EUC-KR) ISO-2022
Only the GB portion of GBK is supplied with input methods.
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NJStar Communicator 2.23

It has the most input methods of all CJK enablers.  You can input compounds and phrases, not just individual characters.

Supported character sets and encoding forms:

Language R/W 8-bit View 7-bit
Multilingual UTF-8 MIME, UTF-7
Traditional Chinese Big5 MIME
Simplified Chinese GB, GBK MIME, HZ, ISO-2022, ISO-2022-GB
Japanese Shift-JIS, EUC-JP MIME, ISO-2022, ISO-2022-JP
Korean KSC (= EUC-KR) MIME, ISO-2022, ISO-2022-KR
Only the GB portion of GBK is supplied with input methods.  You can use the Chinese, Japanese and Korean input methods to input UTF-8.
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UnionWay AsianSuite X2

A modular CJK enabler: you can choose what languages and how many fonts you want to install.

Supported character sets and encoding forms:

Language R/W 8-bit View 7-bit
Traditional Chinese Big5 -
Simplified Chinese GB (= EUC-CN) HZ
Japanese Shift-JIS, EUC-JP ISO-2022, ISO-2022-JP
Korean KSC (= EUC-KR) ISO-2022-KR
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