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Windows 7: Language Packs

29 Oct 2009   #1

Windows 7 Retail
Language Packs

I installed all the language packs, and noticed 2 shortcuts on my desktop for Koreaon websites.
Korea Messenger Center
Korea Media Player Center

These are the websites they link to:

Other than that, are there any other extras that come along with installing language packs?

They are also installed in the Start Menu.

1. Korean government requires MS to place these shortcuts onto the desktop and start menu.
2. MS does not endorse or warranty the websites or software.
3. This is the only third-party add-on when installing language packs. The rest of them don't do this.

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29 Oct 2009   #2

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Language pack adds only the language, there should not be any extras extras. Are you sure those shortcuts were added by language pack?

I have been using language packs since Vista Ultimate made it possible, currently this machine I'm using now has English Seven Ultimate with Finnish, Swedish and German language packs installed. I have never seen or heard a language pack to install anything else than the language.

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30 Oct 2009   #3

Windows 7 Retail

I'm not sure where they came from. I installed W7 on a clean hard drive. Then I ran Windows Update. Then I installed my nVidia Driver and Sound Driver. That's when I noticed those 2 shortcuts to Korean websites sitting on my desktop. I didn't think it was from installing my drivers. So I figured it had something to do with Windows Update.

Here's another thing I found online stating that these shortcuts appear no matter what language pack is installed: Korea Media Player Center - Neowin Forums

What is going on????

EDIT: Solved!!. The solution is that all the language packs can be installed fine. With the exception of the Korean language pack. The Korean government requires MS to place these 2 shortcuts onto the desktop when the user installs the Korean language pack.

1. Korean government requires MS to place these shortcuts onto the desktop.
2. MS does not endorse or warranty the websites or software.

Windows Vista K

The following operating systems are available only in Korea:
  • Windows Vista® Home Basic K
  • Windows Vista® Business K
Microsoft Windows Vista K operating systems are 32-bit versions of the Windows Vista operating system that also include links to a Media Player Center Web site and a Messenger Center Web site. The Korean Fair Trade Commission requires that Microsoft Windows Vista K include links to these Web sites, which contain links to third-party sites that enable consumers to download and to install third-party media players and instant messaging software. OEMs may not remove the links to the Media Player Center Web site or Messenger Center Web site.

The third-party sites are not under the control of MS or Microsoft, and neither MS or Microsoft is responsible for the software and contents of any third-party sites, any links contained in third-party sites, or any changes or updates to the third-party software or sites. The inclusion of any link on the Media Player Center Web site or Messenger Center Web site does not imply an endorsement by Microsoft of the third-party software, the site, or its contents. MS and Microsoft provide no warranty whatsoever with respect to the third-party software.

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30 Oct 2009   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


Good to know, even I do not think I am going to install Korean language pack
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