Vista Regional Settings - non-interactive mode

Posted on 2007-07-30
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
In Vista I have heard that it is no longer necessary to restart the machine in order to change regional settings and have the appropriate code page in place.

If this is true, how does one specify in non-interactive dos environment which code page to use prior to the execution of a command?

Question by:TyBay
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    To change the codepage in DOS us chcp:

    Displays or sets the active code page number.

    CHCP [nnn]

      nnn   Specifies a code page number.

    Type CHCP without a parameter to display the active code page number.

    Author Comment

    Then I guess there is nothing different between vista and xp?

    Is Vista/CHCP also limited to the number of code pages - e..g some Asian code pages are not available
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    Expert Comment

    You know I don't really know.

    All I know is that chcp can be used to change the code page in DOS.
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    Accepted Solution

    Here's an article that talks about the MUI available in Vista. There are some comparisons to XP:

    Benefits of MUI:

    Language neutral binaries for the operating system. Windows Vista is developed and maintained as a single, language-neutral operating system.

    Language support is installed by default. MUI is present in every version of Windows Vista without requiring a separate package (as in Windows XP).

    Less time required to create a specific language version of the operating system. Once the language-neutral version is created, only the localized user interface resources have to be developed to create the new language version of Windows Vista.

    Easy to deploy a single image containing multiple languages. You can combine multiple language packs with the language-neutral core files of Windows Vista to create a single deployment image. Your users can then choose the appropriate language during setup.

    More languages are available for MUI. Because it takes less time and effort to create a language pack than to create a localized version of Windows Vista, Microsoft is able to provide more languages.

    Software updates are available sooner. Microsoft needs only create a single software update for Windows Vista and distribute it worldwide. All language versions of Windows Vista can use the same update without having to wait for a localized version.

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