Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: File metadata displayed as question marks using Cyrillic language.

18 Feb 2020   #1
bfh47

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
File metadata displayed as question marks using Cyrillic language.

Hi everyone,

Big windows 7 fan, and to be honest, have had this issue since DAY 1, when i first got my PC in 2011. For some strange reason I have decided to see if this is something I can fix.

I tag audio files (wav) with cyrillic metadata, because the songs are russian, etc. And I know that windows 7 has extensive support for metadata, displaying it in file explorer, sorting by it, etc.

But cyrillic language metadata has always displayed as question marks, the actual file names are fine, the problem is just with the metadata. I use foobar to tag and read the metadata, so I know it's not being written wrongly. It's just that it is not displayed correctly, but as "????????", commas, apostrophes, and numbers are displayed correctly, just not cyrillic characters. This is in file explorer. I am not concerned by windows media player at this time, although in WMP, all metadata AND names are displayed in a corrupted manner.

I am pretty sure this is due to character sets, as i've had this with text files not wanting to save cyrillic characters until I change the character set.

I can upload a screenshot if anybody asks me to.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
20 Feb 2020   #2
iko22

Windows 7 x64, Vista x64, 8.1 smartphone
 
 

Hello bfh47,
welcome to the Forum.

How are you inputting/modifying the Cyrillic characters of the file? Are you doing this through windows explorer or through 3rd party software?

There are different Cyrillic character sets (Russian, Serbian, Bosnian, etc).

Have you input additional language pack(s) for windows to display?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Feb 2020   #3
bfh47

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Hi iko, thanks for taking an interest in this problem!

I am using only Russian and Ukrainian language for inputting the meta-data. Now that you mention it, I am tagging all of the meta data using a program called "foobar3000", this is a very big open source audio software. This COULD be my single point of failure, I will explore this possibility.

I don't know why I would have to input additional language packs... for example, I have the russian keyboard option (I switch between english and russian), and russian characters are displayed fine everywhere else, (file names, for example). So surely it's already installed on my machine?

And the funny thing is... I have some mp3 files that were tagged by someone else on a different machine. On my machine, the metadata displayed in file explorer is a displayed correctly.

This is proof that some form of cyrillic russian is acceptable for the file explorer to display, as I have files that prove this. I just don't understand why only some, and not other cyrillic text is displayed.

Is there anything I can do on my machine to make sure file explorer displays ALL Cyrillic meta-data appropriately? Any potential fixes would be appreciated, and as I said last time, if you'd like pictures, i can provide.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

21 Feb 2020   #4
iko22

Windows 7 x64, Vista x64, 8.1 smartphone
 
 

Instead of foobar try TagScanner if you have the time and patience.

No, you do not need additional language packs after all. As you say they have been installed already.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

Thread Tools




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Added language keyboards do not provide Cyrillic or Hebrew alphabets.
I am running Windows 7 Ultimate and Office 2913. Recently I went to Control Panel > Region & Language and added Greek, Russian, Arabic, and Hebrew keyboards to the language bar. I have done this before in Windows XP and did not have problems. So I was surprised to find that the Greek setting...
Microsoft Office
Hide file will be displayed.
When I connect Flash Memory Shows about 2GB is full But when I open flash memory any file will be displayed. However, the file system will appear
Hardware & Devices
File's metadata not updated by changes made in Windows Photo Gallery
I am using Windows 7 64 bit and Windows Photo Gallery 2012 In WPG it is possible to change various pieces of metadata such as date taken, tag, caption, subject. This works fine but, certainly for me, does not update metadata on the original file (as seen in Properties/Detail in Windows...
Music, Pictures & Video
Thai language displayed icorrectly
About 2 weeks ago my 75 notepad (personally prepared) thai subtitles somehow changed. Now all are displayed incorrectly - gobbledigook. I have remade one notepad thai subtitle file. This now displays correctly in KM Player, but incorrectly in BS Player. Also the input section of the Thaisoftware...
Music, Pictures & Video
Corrupt Fonts / Cyrillic displayed instead of Helvetica
Hello :) I've posted this at another forum but they didn't have any answers at all, so I'm coming to you guys and I really hope someone can shed some light onto this. My level of experience is beginner to intermediate, depending. I've copied and pasted from the previous forum as it's set up...
General Discussion


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:45.
Twitter Facebook