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Can you switch the default language of Windows/Microsoft Office's user interface?

Asked by potrick (370points) March 9th, 2010

I’ve got a buddy who speaks Korean natively, and while his grasp of the English language is very strong he’s often confused by the very odd words found within user interfaces. Is it possible to switch Window’s user interface, whilst maintaining the ability to write and read in English? Or do you need a Korean copy of Windows/Office to accomplish this?

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How do I get additional language files [in Vista]?
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.

How To Add and Enable Additional Languages in Windows [XP]?
To install another language and keyboard layout in Windows XP, follow these steps:
1. In the Windows XP standard Start menu, click Start, and then click Control Panel.
In the Windows XP classic Start menu, click Start, click Settings, and then click Control Panel.
2. Double-click Regional and Language Options.
3. Click the Languages tab, and then click Details under “Text Services and Input Languages”.
4. Click Add under “Installed Services”, and then click the language you want to add and the keyboard layout you want to use for that language.
5. To configure the settings for the Language bar, click Language Bar under “Preferences”.

Loading Korean on my English version of windows 7

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