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    Microsoft AppLocale Utility

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    Run legacy applications without changing language of non-Unicode applications (system locale).
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        Unicode based platforms, such as Windows XP, emulate the language environment required to run non-Unicode applications by internally converting application's non-Unicode text data to Unicode using a system-wide variable commonly called the system local (or language for non-Unicode applications). The language of the non-Unicode applications should be of the same script or family as the one defined by the system locale. Failing to meet this condition results in display of garbage characters in the UI of the application.

        This approach has few usability limitations:
        • Only an administrator has the ability of setting the system locale value.
        • Setting the system locale requires a system reboot.
        • Only one system locale can be set at a time.

        AppLocale (or Application Locale) is a temporary solution to these limitations caused by non-Unicode applications running on the Unicode (UTF-16) based Windows XP. AppLocale detects the language of the legacy application and simulates a corresponding system locale for code-page to/from Unicode conversions.

        • AppLocale is based on the new application compatibility technology introduced in Windows XP and can only be installed on these two operating systems.
        • If you frequently use non-Unicode applications in a given script (or set of languages), it is strongly recommended to set your system locale variable to the language of the target application and not to use AppLocale.
        • Application developers should not consider AppLocale as an alternative to migrate their product to Unicode. Today, with Microsoft Layer for Unicode (MSLU), creating pure Unicode applications that can also be deployed on non-Unicode platforms -- such as Windows 98 -- has been made possible.
    • Supported Operating System

      Windows Server 2003, Windows XP

        • Language support already installed.

        AppLocale runs on both English and localized versions of Windows XP or Server 2003. The user interface is English-only and won't be localized.
        1. Click the Download link to start the download, or choose a different language from the drop-down list and click Go.
        2. Do one of the following:
          • To start the installation immediately, click Open or Run this program from its current location.
          • To copy the download to your computer for installation at a later time, click Save or Save this program to disk.
        3. Click the apploc.msi file to start the AppLocale Installation Wizard.
        4. Follow the instructions on the wizard.

        The AppLocale setup program installs a shortcut to AppLocale wizard under Start menu/All Programs menu. Use this wizard to launch a desired application. If you don't know the path of the target application, you can simply drag & drop its icon to the "path" edit control.
      • AppLocale runs on both English and localized versions of Windows XP or Server 2003. The user interface is English-only and won't be localized.

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