by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2008/07/08 03:01 -04:00, original URI: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/michkap/archive/2008/07/08/8705722.aspx
Usually when I am on Vista, I install a bunch of MUI Language Packs and LIPs (Language Interface Packs).
Habit, I guess.
Sometimes I even install beta builds of them.
I just like that big list of user interface language choices!
Then occasionally when it turns out I need back some of that 25gb of space, which makes me wonder why I feel this compulsive thing about installing them in the first place....
Of course you can't uninstall everything on the list. For example:
English is my system default UI language -- so it won't let me remove that. This makes sense to me.
On the other hand, when I made Vietnamese the default UI language for me:
No warning in this case. Bummer.
Oh well, it asks you to reboot after removing an item from the list, so I guess it's no big deal that it will let you reboot something that is your language choice.
It looks like the Vietnamese language pack is missing a lot of strings anyway....
I'm going to avoid the uninstall of the current user interface language; I'm not enough of a tester to want to work so hard to see what I can break.
I'm curious whether the uninstall will fail or problems will come up after the reboot, but let's face it not enough to try it. :-)
Now there is another time you will see that warning icon. I saw it two more times, in fact. One for Russian:
and one for Spanish:
Though I must admit the text doesn't do as good of a job telling me why:
The language can't be selected because it is being used by another language file on this computer.
What the @#%&*! does "language file" mean here?
To be honest it is times like this that I feel sorry for two distinct groups of people:
Well luckily if you know Perl you can use the line in the title to help the string make a little more sense.
And now I am being accurate but not entirely helpful, too. Think of it as part three of a three-phase authentication of my being an employee of Microsoft. :-)
Additional Hint: Tatar, Galician.
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Igor Levicki on 3 Aug 2008 10:33 PM:
>>The language can't be selected because it is being used by another language file on this computer.<<
Err... wow... speachless here!!!
Not only it uses a contraction (can't instead of cannot) -- it uses passive voice TWICE in the same sentence.
Is it possible that someone working at Microsoft doesn't know about spelling & grammar option in Word?
Michael S. Kaplan on 3 Aug 2008 10:54 PM:
I don't blog in Word -- if it did then my text would look leaner but it would be ten times more dense underneath due to needless superfluous redundant markup. :-)
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