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Windows Software requires change to Regional Currency symbol

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Last Modified: 2013-11-15
I have the following questions regarding the issue below:
1. Is it acceptable practice of sofware to forced a user to change the currency symbol in the regional setting which would infliuence the reports and operation of other installed programs.
2. Does Microsoft have a policy on the isue?
3. Can the experts point me to a web page that shows such a policy, from Microsoft or other.

The detail.
I bought a boxed version of a software package that writes business plans.  On the outside of the box there is a Windows XP compatible logo as well as as Windows 7 ready logo.  I am in South Africa where the currency symbol is "R".  When running the software for the first time it will not run except for a pop up that instructs the user to change the Regional setting for any non US "$" currency symbols, to be enclosed in barackets, thus "(R)".

This would have an effect on all other software running on my computer where the currency symbol is used.  Hence all reports including the business plans fron the software in question will have a (R) currency symbol instead of just R.
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