Windows 7 support for East Asian languages

I read everywhere that only the Ultimate version of Windows 7 allows for the support of working in one of any 35 languages.  I am reluctant to purchase the Ultimate edition due to its cost, but I do want to be able to visit Chinese websites and read Chinese characters in filenames of Chinese music, as well as type chinese characters from the keyboard, etc.  I am not looking to change any menus, operating systems, the whole interface, etc. to chinese.  I am able to do all of the above just fine on Windows XP Pro SP3 by simply enabling support for East Asian languages via Regional and Language settings from the Control Panel, which is what I have at the moment, and I do not want to have to buy the Ultimate version of Windows 7 just so that I can read and write Chinese characters in Windows Media Player, Word, Internet Explorer, etc., especially when I do not need any of my menus and interface in Chinese.

In addition, I am aware that this question has already been answered, but I would still like additional clarification with regards to Chinese characters:

Hi JerryWang3,

Welcome to Microsoft Answers community.

The Language Packs are only supported in Windows 7 Ultimate and Windows 7 Enterprise.  They will be listed in the Windows Update screen.  If you do not have Windows 7 Ultimate you can't use the Language packs.

You may follow this procedure to download and install a Windows 7 language pack:

1.    Start Microsoft Update. To do this, click Start, type Microsoft Update in the Start Search box, and then click Microsoft Update in the Programs list.Collapse this imageExpand th

      2.    Click the optional update links for the language packs.

      3.    Under the Windows 7 Language Packs category, select the desired language pack.

Note If you install many additional language packs, the disk space and system performance are affected. In particular, disk space and system performance are affected during servicing operations, such as Service Pack installations. Therefore, we recommend that you only add a language pack to your computer if you will use the language pack.

      4.    Click OK, and then click Install updates to start the download and installation process.

       For more information on how to install language pack, please refer to the article below:


      If this doesn’t helps, then you may follow the steps below to fix this issue:

      You should install a Chinese IME before typing Chinese characters. To do this, please follow the steps bellow.

      1)    Click on start > Control Panel

      2)    Click on clock, Language and Region >  Region and Language->

      3)    Keyboard and Languages >Change keyboards > Add > Chinese (Simlified,PRC)

             Please choose which IME you want to install, and then apply the settings.


Hope this information is helpful.

Let me know if this worked.


Thanks and Regards:

Umesh P - Microsoft Support

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Last updated February 25, 2019 Views 76,109 Applies to: