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Windows 7: Cannot input foreign language

16 Mar 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Edition
 
 
Cannot input foreign language

Hello, all. I have tried for an hour to configure my keyboard input properly, and I've searched online to no avail. The problem is that I cannot input a foreign language (attempting to enable Korean). I installed the keyboard and set it up so that left alt + shift switches languages. The language bar shows that I've changed to Korean, but only English comes out.

I've tried several programs, such as Firefox, IE, and Word, and it's the same in all of them. When I had XP, there were never any problems for me setting up Korean. Somehow with Windows 7 it is impossible for me to figure out.

I'd very much appreciate any advice getting this to work. Thus far, I've had to rely on copying and pasting syllables from a Korean dictionary to form words I want to type.

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16 Mar 2010   #2

 

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16 Mar 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi.
Language packs are only available in Ultimate, and I think Enterprise.
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16 Mar 2010   #4
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Qinella, welcome to Seven Forums!



I'm not much on languages, but you have been here in "Control Panel"?

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16 Mar 2010   #5
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FZ21Z View Post
Hi.
Language packs are only available in Ultimate, and I think Enterprise.


I'm so used to using Ultimate.


Languages are only available to users of Windows 7 Ultimate and Enterprise.
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16 Mar 2010   #6

Windows 7 Home Edition
 
 

Just as I feared. Why would MS screw their customers over like this?

I've read about this issue before, but I asked about it on a forum for people living in Korea and someone assured me it is possible to input foreign language with the right configuration. He said the more expensive versions of Windows were for changing the entire interface to a foreign language, but that basic input is available in the home edition.

I guess that person is wrong, but I don't understand why I have the option to add keyboards under the control panel and switch between them on the language bar if it's not going to do anything. It seems like the configuration option would be locked out or absent. (I'm referring to the configuration page that Bare Foot Kid screencapped.)

Thanks for the responses. I think I'm just going to reinstall XP or switch to Linux. There's no way I'm paying another $140 to do something that I should be able to do with any version. I'm so angry right now my head is going to explode.
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16 Mar 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Qinella View Post
It seems like the configuration option would be locked out or absent. (I'm referring to the configuration page that Bare Foot Kid screencapped.)
Have you tried changing the input method then to see if you can?
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16 Mar 2010   #8
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Qinella.



It's too bad it wasn't what you were told but I'll post the SKU guide so you can look at it.

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16 Mar 2010   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro Preview with Media Center
 
 

First, welcome to the Seven Forums, Qinella.

This is not a language pack (MUI or LIP) issue. Instead, this is an Input Method Editor (IME) issue, using a non-latin based keyboard layout. Using different keyboard layouts i.e. input languages is possible in every edition of Windows, without the need to install language packs.

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This is what you should do: Install Korean IME by choosing Korean > Keyboard > Microsoft IME

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Choose Korean from language bar. By Default the Hanja (Korean) / English toggle is set to English (second symbol from right):

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When you need to change the input language to Korean, just click this toggle:

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Should work perfectly. When set in English: QWERTY, and same keys when set to Hanja: ㅃㅉㄸㄲㅆ

Kari


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16 Mar 2010   #10
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Kari, thanks for your help with this.




@Qinella, I guess you owe Kari a big thank you.
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