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Windows 7: How to make korean filenames appear in Windows Explorer

28 Mar 2015   #1
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 
How to make korean filenames appear in Windows Explorer

Does Korean filenames appear correctly on Windows Explorer without having the IME enabled? I don't want to corrupt the filenames on my external drive with many things named in Korean. (It is Windows 8 though )


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28 Mar 2015   #2
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

A stock Windows 7 system should be able to display filenames in Windows Explorer in any language for which there is an installed font. And the font doesn't even have to be the active one, just be installed. I have done this experimentally for a number of Asian languages, although not specifically Korean. The IME is only needed for entering these characters.

Edit: a standard Windows 7 system will have multiple fonts capable of displaying most Korean characters.
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28 Mar 2015   #3
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

Well, if it were to not show the filename and folder names correct, would it overwrite the filename on the drive? Or would it just show corrupted for only that system?
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28 Mar 2015   #4
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Windows was designed to do what you want. You have nothing to worry about.

Edit: Windows Explorer in NT has had the ability to display Russian, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, etc, characters all the way back to NT 3.1 in 1993. All that is required is that you have the required fonts, which Windows 7 has.
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29 Mar 2015   #5
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

Well this question is for Windows 8, but it must be the same. Thanks. :)
Edit: Then how come on Windows XP, you had to download the language? (Not language pack) Did that change?
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29 Mar 2015   #6
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Windows 7 includes many more fonts than XP. In some cases with XP the included fonts did not have fonts for a desired language and a language pack was installed to provide them. But fonts can be downloaded and installed without a language pack. In Windows 7 this should rarely be necessary, certainly not for Korean.

A standard Windows 7 computer right out of the box will display characters in Russian, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Hebrew, Greek, Thai, and many more languages and you need do absolutely nothing in order to enable this. Unicode, used in NT from the very beginning, was designed to make this possible.

Of course to actually use these languages a language pack may be necessary. I know only English and have no experience with that and will not discuss it. But to just display the characters nothing needs to be done.
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29 Mar 2015   #7
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

Wait, the difference between a pack and a IME is that a pack is to change the language displayed for things like Control Panel and accessories in Windows, and IME is to type using that language, right?
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31 Mar 2015   #8
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

Can someone answer my question? What is the difference between the keyboard of a language, language pack, and IME? Also, it seems I do have the fonts.
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