Why one may not be able to find a zh-TW MUI language pack, and why that's okay...

by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2012/05/07 07:01 -04:00, original URI: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/michkap/archive/2012/05/07/10301695.aspx

The question seemed simple enough:

Where can I get the Windows 7 SP1 MUI Language Pack for zh-TW? I was only able to find on for zh-HK!

The answer is unfortunately not so simple....

I first talked about it in Yes, Ivo^H^H^HVirginia, there is a zh-HK *and* a zh-TW.

Where I pointed out that although there is a zh-TW version of Windows 7, there was no MUI Language Pack for zh-TW.

Although some have found RTM files for a zh-TW Language Pack, it was missing a key feature that the zh-TW version of Windows itself has.

In fact, there are only three real differences between zh-TW and zh-HK:

Now one could argue that there should be more differences in terms of translation, but there aren't.

And since the zh-TW Language Pack was only doing the first two (one of which doesn't really matter and the other of which can be done via a system locale change), it really wasn't doing anything of consequence.

Plus it was confusing for anyone trying to compare the Language Pack versus the full Taiwan version.

So if you prefer the Taiwan style glyphs, you can just pick up the zh-HK Language Pack and a zh-TW system locale...

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