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Enable Vista Ultimate Multilingual User Interface

Windows Vista Ultimate allows users to easily switching between English and Chinese Vista interface.By adjusting the Windows Vista Ultimate system locale, one can easily get rid of weird character encoding render on a non-Unicode (Chinese, Japanese, etc) program or MP3 playlist.

However, the Vista system locale trick will not change the English interface to Chinese or your mother tongue!

To switch between English and Chinese Windows Vista interface, as it’s a true Chinese Windows Vista installation, you’ve to install Vista MUI package and change the Display Language in Regional And Language Options dialog box!
Chinese Windows Vista interface is render when the Display Language in Regional And Language Options dialog box is set to Chinese.

With additional language files, available as Multilingual User Interface Pack (MUI) or Language Interface Pack (LIP), Windows Vista can switch or change the display language on the computer so that user will read wizards, dialog boxes, menus, Help topics, and other items in Windows Vista in a different language.

Windows Vista Multilingual User Interface Pack (MUI) provides a translated version of most of the user interface, almost 100% in theory! In additional, Vista MUI allows users to seamless switch between languages on log off and log on Windows Vista. However, MUI require a license to be used and is only available with Windows Vista Ultimate and Windows Vista Enterprise!

Windows XP MUI is sold only through Volume Licensing programs such as the Microsoft Open License Program (MOLP / Open), Select, and Enterprise agreement, or with a new computer as an OEM version at customer request.

Windows Vista MUI, however, is available to all computers that are running with a qualified Vista edition – Vista Enterprise or Vista Ultimate – via Windows Update or Microsoft Update!


On the other hand, Windows Vista Language Interface Pack (LIP) only translate the most widely used of user interface, with an approximately 80% localized user experience! Components that are not localized by Vista LIP includes the Help and Support Centre, administrative tools, system error messages, event logs, Messenger, and others.

As the Vista user interface is not fully translated (as MUI do), Vista LIP requires at least one parent language installed. The parts of the Vista user interface that are not available for translation are displayed in the parent language.

Vista LIP is available to all Vista editions and doesn’t require a license to install, but a WGA validated Vista is a must!

In brief, the differences between Vista MUI and Vista LIP are:
  • Vista LIP translate nearly 80% of user interface for localized version; Vista MUI is almost 100%.
  • Vista LIP disallow users to switch between languages; Vista MUI allow user to switch between localized language by log off and log on Windows Vista.

How to switch from English version of Windows Vista Ultimate to Chinese version of Windows Vista?

Note that you’ll only see the Display Language section if you’ve already installed Vista LIP or Vista MUI, where Vista MUI is only available in Windows Vista Ultimate and Windows Vista Enterprise!

To download and install Vista MUI, run the Microsoft Update or Windows Update. Vista LIP can be manually download from Microsoft LIP Centre.

  1. Click the Vista Orb, type regional in the Start Search text-box (Vista Instant Search), locate and open the Regional And Language Options in program list.
     
  2. Click on the Keyboards and Languages tab and change the Display Language setting accordingly.

English Windows Vista interface is render when the Display Language in Regional And Language Options dialog box is set to English.

English Windows Vista interface is render when the Display Language in Regional And Language Options dialog box is set to English.

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