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Why do I get the message that MS Mincho and MS Gothic fonts are not installed on my Windows XP?

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Why do I get the message that MS Mincho and MS Gothic fonts are not installed on my Windows XP?

They should have been installed when I installed files for East Asian languages in Control Panel/Regional and language options. Because these two fonts are default for Windows XP.

I have Windows XP Pro SP3 32-bit.

This is the error message I receive when I try to run Wakan for the first time (a Japanese simple word processor and dictionary):

"Following recommended fonts were not found on your system:

MS Mincho,MS Gothic

No reasonable substitution was found, program will probably display characters incorrectly.  Installation of these fonts and restart of the autodetection routine is HIGHLY recommended.

These fonts can be found in the following Microsoft(R) products:
1. Microsoft(R) Windows XP - Select "Install Eastern-Asian fonts" in language settings in Control panel.
2. Microsoft Internet Explorer - install "Support for Japanese, traditional Chinese and simplified Chinese writing".
3. Microsoft Office 2000/XP - Install Japanese, traditional Chinese and simplified Chinese fonts.

Do I have to do all of above three steps?

Now in Control Panel/Regional and language options/Advanced/Language for non-Unicode programs, I have already Japanese selected (as I had when I installed the software Wakan).

The fonts I can find now in "Fonts" are named like this:

1. MS Mincho & MS PMinco (TrueType)
2. MS Gothic & MS PGothic & MS UI Gothic (TrueType)

Could it be that I need the fonts labelled exactly like "MS Mincho" and "MS Gothic" in order for the software Wakan to be able to find them?




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This appears to be a bug in the WaKan software itself. Others are having the same problem:

http://wakan.manga.cz/forum/viewtopic.php?p=2668&sid=3fc44ffa184b1dce75d1f1ee6dbf79f9

It looks as if somehow your language settings on your PC are causing issues with WaKan properly detecting the installed fonts (as they show up in different languages). Having not used this software myself before, all I can do is quote what others are saying.

Another forum mentions this here (and provides an easy workaround):
http://wakan.manga.cz/forum/viewtopic.php?p=4049&sid=20fab0aa4000ceb27348886f9525ca6b

Hope this helps.
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