Setting up a Japanese Windows OS

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QUESTION :

One of our functional requirements at work require running a piece of software over a Japanese environment — which means we’ll have to set up a Japanese flavor of Windows for the job.

Question is, can we just patch our Windows Vista/7 with Japanese MUI language packs for this? Are there any significant functionality differences between the English and Japanese versions of Vista/7 that forces us to perform a clean install of a Japanese Windows OS instead of just patching an English one?

ANSWER :

It is as simple as downloading additional MUIs, the easiest way is to install them as optional updates from Windows Update.

However, a limitation is that additional language packs are only available on Enterprise and Ultimate editions.

As for downsides, the only one I can think of is that you may have to learn Japanese!

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