Installing AppLocale in Windows 7

Please read this additional material if you need:
Running Non-English Software on Your English Version of Windows 7 (or Others)

Installing AppLocale in Retail Version of Windows 7 64bit



It’s been several weeks since I installed a pre-release version of Windows 7 in my home computer. Almost every program I am using frequently runs very smooth in the computer.

Microsoft AppLocale was an exception, until today…

AppLocale is a program that helps you run a non-unicode program in a different locale to what user’s windows system is currently running. For example, if you are using a version of Japanese version of Windows system, but you are trying to run a Chinese Version of particular software, AppLocale can help you on this regard. I have a large quantity of mp3 collections have been tagged in Korean, but I am running windows in Chinese Version, it made most of mp3 tags in iTunes become ill-displayed. So, AppLocale become my favorite!

But under Windows 7, AppLocale could not be installed properly in some reason. I tried to look up some information around the web. I scrapped following tip from

Here’s how to install AppLocale on Windows 7:
1. Place the AppLocale installer (apploc.msi) in your C: drive.
2. Go to your start menu, type cmd in the search box.
3. Hold down crtl+shift and click on cmd.exe.
4. Select Yes when a dialog asks if you want the program to make chances to your computer.
5. The command prompt should show C:\Windows\System32.
6. Type cd\ and press enter to navigate to the C: drive.
7. Type apploc.msi and press enter, the installer will appear.
8. Install the application.


As I updated my Windows 7 to latest Release Candidate (Build 7100), I found that it removed my AppLocale. All the AppLocale generated shortcuts are gone, and as I click the AppLocale, it required me to input the original package.

I tried to repeat the same way to install again, but Windows 7 did not allow me the copy the package into C drive. Here is what I did.

1. Click Start, type “cmd” in search box.
2. Right click the “cmd” icon, and select “run as administrator”
3. Copy the apploc.msi into c:\ in DOS command. (e.g. Copy f:\program\apploc.msi c:\)
4. Run “appLoc.msi” by type it in DOS command.

You have to make sure that you opened the DOS command mode in administrator, otherwise it won’t let you copy the file into C drive.

You might also interested in reading: Windows 7 Shortcuts List (Win 7 快捷鍵)

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141 Responses to Installing AppLocale in Windows 7

  1. Watcher says:

    Had a similar problem, could not get it to run using the cmd.exe

    I did get it to work by right clicking the msi file and clicking troubleshoot compatibility, which returned with something about skipping a version check. Once that was set, it installed without a problem.

  2. vv says:

    Cool man!

    worked awesome

  3. simon says:

    It works Thanks!

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  5. Aekabut says:

    Thank you for your descriptions. It’s lot useful for me.

  6. iGotIt says:

    Worked, Thank you

  7. Pickle says:

    wow….. it actually worked!!!! thanks for the information!!

  8. Katerina says:

    Thank you very much for the useful information. I’ve managed to install AppLocale on my Win7 successfully, but the program (NoteTab) i need still doesn’t show Chinese characters. Do you have any ideas why and how to fix it? Thanks a lot in advance!

  9. elvie says:

    Thanks much!! I’ve actually been searchin for this solution for ages…(^_^)V

  10. tdwong says:

    The key is that you need adminstrative right to install AppLocale. You should start a cmd.exe with administrative right before executing the apploc.msi.

  11. Tias says:

    thank you for this little “tutorial” helped me alot =)

  12. Ted says:

    CTRL+SHIFT+Click didn’t work for me.

    I tried manually changing the attribute to “Run as Administrator” but the check-box was in grey, ie; I could not access it.
    I tried Watcher‘s advice and ran the Compatibility Test and got it to install without a problem! =)
    Thanks a lot!

  13. Dov says:

    It works very well! Thank you very much 😉

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  15. Rainheart says:

    Your a GENIUS mate. thks!

  16. Akki says:

    Thanks!!! 🙂

  17. Otamegane31 says:

    I love you men ur a lifesaver 😀

  18. some one says:

    thank you so much !!~~~ it works!~~~ ^^

  19. Fredrick says:

    Great, thanks!

  20. Trevor says:

    It worked, thanks man!

  21. Borus says:

    Thank you so much for the guide!

  22. fangy says:

    thankyou so much lifesaver!!! thanks for d sharing spirit, feel great whn it works!!

  23. shkin says:

    thank you very much

  24. wKtK says:

    Thank you very much, exactly what I was looking for.

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  26. Sam says:

    Thank you very much 😀

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  28. Siddharth says:

    Thank you very much. really needed to install this.
    Man, I sure wish I knew about my OS as much as you do -O_O-

  29. Genex says:

    Simply right-click on the Apploc setup program, select Properties > Compatibility tab and check “Run this program in compatibility mode for previous version of Windows.”

    It installed just fine on Windows 7 SP1 for me after I did that.

  30. ham says:

    thanks man, you saved a lot 🙂

  31. James says:

    Thank you, you’re a good man.

  32. Thotor says:

    It worked! you are awesome! thanks

  33. Max says:

    Thanks it realy works

  34. Bruno says:

    Thanks man, worked great for me. I used it on PCMan

  35. MrSmith says:

    Love you, thx a lot 😀

  36. Kurokawa says:

    I don’t really understand, why couldn’t I install it only with double-click.
    But it works finally. Thanks!

    I mind that I didn’t know this program before. I have problems with non-unicode more than half a year. >.<

  37. Meri says:

    Hi! I’m having problems! Whenever I try this, a box will pop up saying: “There is no disk in the drive.” can you help me?

  38. WEN says:

    When is the last time you checked your computer for malware?

  39. Meri says:

    My computer went to a repair shop and everything was cleaned out and it erased all my other UTAU data…

  40. Arianna Halls says:

    ขอบคุณคะThank you so much. i come from thailand.

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