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Tweak Windows Media Player To Display Chinese Characters

If you play Chinese songs in an English version of Windows OS, Windows Media Player couldn’t properly display Chinese song titles that are mostly not encoded in Unicode format.

Thus, WMP can’t interpret those Chinese song titles and hence render them with non-literal, weird characters.

In a Windows Vista Ultimate machine, this glitch can be fixed by setting System Locale in Regional And Language Option to Chinese (Simplify, PRC), as the current language for non-Unicode programs.

What about Window XP SP3? Yes, there is such option as well.

How to get Windows Media Player display Chinese song titles in XP SP3?

Windows Explorer could not properly display Chinese characters in English version of XP SP3

Locate Regional and Language Options icon in Control Panel and double-click to open it. Then, click Advanced tab to access “Language for non-Unicode programs” setting, select Chinese (PRC) from the language option drop-down list and click OK button to proceed.

Windows XP SP3 allows users to change system locale to another language to support non-Unicode programs.

Once the process completed, Windows Explorer, Windows Media Player, etc, will able to properly render literal Chinese characters:

Windows Explorer in XP SP3 ables to display Chinese song titles properly, after setting System Locale to Chinese (PRC).

Windows Media Player couldn\'t display Chinese characters properly in English version of XP SP3

Windows Media Player in XP SP3 ables to display Chinese song titles properly, after setting System Locale to Chinese (PRC).

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