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Windows 7: WLM spelling check language problem

08 Nov 2014   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
WLM spelling check language problem


I use Windows Live Mail for all my e-mail stuff. I need to type mails in 3 languages: Dutch, English and French. I'd like to have spelling check for these 3 languages, however spelling check for French seems to be missing. I went into options and then spelling check. There is a box with languages I can use spelling check on. This includes Dutch, English (UK), English (US), English (Australia) and English (Canada). French is not there. I really need French spelling check. How can I obtain that?
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Thank you in advance for a response.

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08 Nov 2014   #2

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Originally Win 7 Hm Prem x64 Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601-SP1 | Upgraded to Windows 10 December 14, 2019

Hi Highdetailz, welcome to 7F! :)

If I understand you correctly, you don't have French listed in the choice of languages box as shown in this example, correct?

WLM spelling check language problem-french-check.jpg

Source Step #4: Windows Live Mail 2011: Add a second language to the Spell checking feature | a Tech-Recipes Tutorial

If so I may have found a way to add it. There are also two other choices you can try.

1. Run a SFC /scannow to repair any corrupt files, then check to see if WLM has the French listing back. If that doesn't work:

2. Repair WLM: In your Start menu search box, type wlarp , and click the application highlighted in the results list. Answer yes to the UAC prompt.

This brings up the dialog window to repair or uninstall. Select Repair all Windows Essentials programs. WLM is part of Windows Essentials so you have to make that choice. When the repair is finished check to see if you have French listed.
Note   Note
wlarp stands for Windows Live Automatic Repair Program.
If all that doesn't bring France back, the third way is more complicated, from a thread on the MS community Forum, top of page 2:
Spanish (Castellano):
French (France):

The folder for Spanish would be
%appdata%\Local Settings\Microsoft\Windows Live Mail\Proof\prf000A\1

and for French
%appdata%\Local Settings\Microsoft\Windows Live Mail\Proof\prf000C\1

Source: Installing languages not listed in the spellcheck section of Windows - Microsoft Community
How I would do this:
  • Make sure WLM is closed!
  • Go to C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Live\Mail\Proof, check to see if you have a Folder named prf000C1 If you do not, click on the New Folder button, you will probably see an access denied pop-up, click on continue. Rename the new folder prf000C1, you're done here for now, but will come back so leave the Explorer window minimized. Go to the link in the quote and download the file for French to a place where you can easily find it (Desktop?), you may want to malware scan it for peace of mind.
  • Reopen the Explorer window and drag the file to your newly created prf000C1 Folder.
  • Close all open windows till you reach your desktop, it doesn't say to restart windows, and I didn't
  • Open WLM and you should have French as an option to install, I believe you have to make it the default language at least once to make it stick in the Language selection box, after that you should have French as a spellchecker even if you're in English and spell a French word wrong.
  • I don't use WLM, but following the steps above placed the French option in the Language selection box for me.
Note   Note
The backslash \ in ˇFiredog's post about naming prf000C\1 can not be used in Windows Folders/Files naming conventions, that is why I omitted it in my instructions. If you do leave it in a warning will pop up and seconds later accept the new Folder, but without the backslash \ i.e. prf000C1.

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