Microsoft AppLocate is a useful, free application that lets you install “foreign” applications that support non-unicode languages on your computer. Basically, Microsoft AppLocale will let you see that application with proper characters and language. For example, if you wish to install and run an application which is written in non-Western language (not coded in Unicode UTF-8 or UTF-16) on your “English language” Windows 7 operating system, you won’t be able to do it unless you have installed Microsoft AppLocale on the machine. So, thanks to AppLocate you will be able to install such non-Unicode applications without modifying your Windows system locale. Applocale application has not been updated in a while and despite it works on Windows 7 perfectly, users will be unable to install it on such operating system at all. As a result , the system will return the following error message: “There is a problem with this Windows Installer package. A program required for this install to complete could not be run. Contact your support personnel and package vendor.” This is due to the fact that when Applocale was developed, the famous (and sometimes annoying) UAC (User Account Control) was n0t available on Windows OS yet. So, to install Applocale on your Windows 7 you will need to disable UAC. If you dont want to do it, because you feel that by doing this you will leave your computer exposed to virus and malware threats, I have got an interesting tutorial which will let you install Applocale without giving up your computer protection.
- Click Start.
- In the Search field, type CMD and do not press Enter.
- Right click the CMD icon and select Run as Administrator.
- If prompted, click Yes.
- Now download the free Applocale Application for Windows 7 here (apploc.msi)
- Now, go to the directory where you downloaded the apploc.msi. To achieve this you will have to use the CD command. So for example, if you downloaded the Applocale file in the Free_Programs folder, on the Command Prompt black window you will have to type: CD.. (if you wish to go to your hard disk root you will have to type CD.. again), CD Free_Programs.
- Now, in order to install Applocale, type apploc.msi
- Press Enter.
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