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How to Install AppLocale on Windows 8.1

Microsoft has never updated Microsoft AppLocale since the release of Windows Vista. AppLocale is a very useful program that allows user to run and view a non-unicode applicaiton software in different language locale with proper character.

For example, user of an English Windows operating system wants to install and run a legacy (code-page based) program in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Hebrew, Hindi, Thai, and other non-Western language that is not coded in Unicode (UTF-8 or UTF-16). Without changing the system locale, the characters inside such non-Unicode program is unreadable.

With AppLocale, user can run the legacy program without changing the current system locale. AppLocale simulates a corresponding system locale for code-page that encoded in the program so that the text is displayed properly (with corresponding font installed). AppLocale can detect language for non-Unicode program, and user can change the language if detection is incorrect.

If you simply double click on the download package (apploc.msi), you will receive the following message:
There is a problem with this Windows Installer package. A program required for this install to complete could not be run. Contact your support personnel or package vendor.”

There is nothing wrong with the installer package, it is simply a permissions issue. There is a simple way to overcome this issue :

  • Download the AppLocale (apploc.msi).
  • Right-click on the driver and click on ‘properties’.
  • Click on the ‘compatibility’ tab and check the box ‘Run this program in compatibility mode for’ and select Windows 7 operating system from the drop down.
  • Click on ‘Apply’ and click ‘OK’ and run the file to install it.

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