How-To: Change the System Locale and setup the Language Bar for Japanese Games in Windows 10


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This is a guide on how to setup the Language Bar and change the System Locale to Japanese for playing Visual Novels and other Japanese games that are originally designed to run on a Japanese Windows system.

Note that this guide is for Windows 10. For Windows 7 or 8, see the other guide HERE.

1. Click or tap the windows logo or the press the keyboard button to open the start menu, and choose 'settings'.

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2. Next click or tap 'Time & Language'.

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3. Click or tap the second option 'Region & Language', then under 'Languages' click or tap 'Add a language'.

IMPORTANT - DO NOT change the country or region ! Leave this to your local choice.

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4. On the 'Add a language' screen, scroll or swipe to the right and choose 'Japanese'.

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5. You should be back at the 'Region & Language' screen, and it should look something like this:

IMPORTANT - DO NOT set or change the default. Leave that as your normal local language.

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6. Scroll or swipe down to 'Related Settings' and click or tap 'Additional date, time & regional settings'.

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7. The older style 'Control Panel' window will appear, click or tap 'Region'.

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8. On the top, click or tap the 'Administrative' tab.

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9. On the lower half of the window, click or tap 'Change system locale...'

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10. On the window which appears, scroll or swipe down to 'Japanese (Japan)', and choose OK.
Note: Windows will now want to restart your computer, you can do this now or later if you choose.


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You will now be able to run and install Japanese software.
The language bar should now appear on the lower right of the task bar, near the clock.
 
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