I can't get Japanese characters to appear in Windows 8 File Explorer.

They are just a bunch of squares. I downloaded the Japanese language pack but to no avail.
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Hi filthnfury,
Thank you for posting in Microsoft community!
I am sorry to hear that you are having trouble with Japanese character.
Do you receive any error message?
Is the issue confined to only Windows 8 file explorer?
Is Japanese characters visible everywhere other than Windows 8 file explorer?
You may try to uninstall and reinstall the Japanese language pack.
Please refer the link below:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2607607?wa=wsignin1.0

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Please post back if you are still experiencing the issue. I will be glad to provide you with the additional options available that you can utilize to get the issue resolved.
Abdul Raqeeb Kola
Former Microsoft Senior Support Engineer/ Sr. Blogger

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Hi,

There's:

  • No error message
  • Only confined to windows file explorer
  • I can see japanese characters in programs and in firefox.
  • I've had the same problem before and after installing the Japanese language pack. I never needed the pack to see Japanese characters in Windows 7.

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I have the same problem, but also in almost any program escept web browsers and Microsoft Office.

Installing a Japanese language pack temporarly fixes the issue, but after a few restart, I have the same problem again. Frequently reinstalling language packs are annoying and luxury because of my slow internet connection.

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