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)

Product Mentioned: Windows 7

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141 Responses to Installing AppLocale in Windows 7

  1. Trista says:

    Thank you so much! I tried just now, it works really well! Thanks again!

  2. RAYCUZ says:

    i still cant do it….
    from step 4, ntg come out for me to press yes….
    then whr to type cd\?

  3. RemiLou says:

    Thank you very much! With your info I was able to get Touhou up and running again on my new laptop!

  4. Esther says:

    it worked 😀 thanks!! love ya

  5. rei says:

    thanks for sharing it!!

  6. Henry says:

    Thank you very much! You are awesome 🙂

  7. Phoenix says:

    perfect, thanks for the info

  8. Delicious says:

    Woot it works so far

  9. Vitalic says:

    Many thanks man 🙂 still works

  10. AZ says:

    OMG it worked!! thank you very much!!

  11. raphael says:

    thankyou very much this really helped:)

  12. rex says:

    Hey I was wondering how applocale changes the names of songs on itunes cause I have the same problem but don’t know how to fix it.

  13. LightKor says:

    Thank you soooo much, mylife gets so much easier!!!

  14. joe says:

    Brilliant. Thank you!

  15. ma says:

    Hi , is there any differenze if I’m using Italian Windows 7 Home Premium, what can I do so I can write and see traditional chinese.

  16. Mr.Wen says:

    Hi, please take a look at the following article.

  17. The Boss says:

    Hi, I tried saving it to my C drive but it says I need permission from my administrator, yet, I’m on the admin account. Can you please inform me of how to solve this problem?

  18. Mr.Wen says:

    Hi, TheBoos, please read it until the last part of the posting, it has the solution for copying the package to C. Thanks.

  19. The Boss says:

    Okay, I did it several times in different ways, and it says it cannot find the specified drive. I made sure I followed the directions perfectly and it didn’t work for me, so I dunno if I’m doing anything else wrong.

  20. The Boss says:

    Oh nevermind. It works now! Thanks!

  21. Mr.Wen says:

    I am glad that it worked. Can you advise what was the problem? Thanks.

  22. pedrothegenius says:

    lol you can install it more easily just by
    1 right click in the applocale installer
    2 properties
    3 compability and ckeck run as old window

  23. Mr.Wen says:

    Thank you, for your comment. But in some case it doesn’t work.

  24. sheets says:

    thanks alot, appreciate it

  25. bonggun says:


  26. bob says:

    A simpler way to launch it in cmd prompt: simply Shift+Right Click your apploc.msi file and choose “Copy as path” from the context menu. Then paste that into command prompt (Right Click the cmd window –> Paste) and press enter!

  27. kheng soon says:

    thx a lot buddy

  28. wiltonson says:

    Thanks your discovery really helps me

  29. Angela says:

    It`s very useful~~ thank you very much

  30. Michael says:


  31. Carmen says:

    Thank you so much! I tried to use PPstream on my Windows 7 but couldn’t read the Chinese characters. Then I downloaded applocale but it won’t install properly. Now after I read your article and follow all the steps, everything is working wonderfully!

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  33. avo says:

    thank you the installation worked 😀 xD

  34. Jack says:

    So you need the cd for this to work or can you just dload it?

  35. hana says:

    When I’m install it, it said “there is a problem with this windows installer package”
    what should i do?

  36. Tim NGuyen says:

    Thank you so much
    you will for for ever be remembered for this great deed

  37. Mr.Wen says:

    You probably will need to download the installation package again, since it appears that the package lacks integrity.

  38. Mr.Wen says:

    search google, you can find an address where you can download it.

  39. TonyTech says:

    Your article just saved my day today 🙂
    good job!

  40. Jac says:

    Mr. Wen, thanks for sharing this info. The installation worked on my Window7 computer! Appreciate your sharing.

  41. xXTouhouMasterSparkXx says:

    is it the same if i checked Run this program compatibility for:
    Previous version of windows
    is that alright??

  42. Yunn says:

    Wow Thanks a lot 😀

  43. Isaiah says:

    93 thumbs up, helped a lot 🙂

  44. Andrew S. says:

    thanks this really helped out !!!

  45. Samjam says:

    Thank you pal!

  46. Mikalandelo says:

    Hi there. I instaled applocale and it works, but only for a few games like queen axe 1.5 but game like Danjon no Oku doesn´t work 🙁 … please somebody help me !!! thanks 🙂 (P.S. sorry for english )

  47. mapworkman says:

    Thank you man, it really worked

  48. fred says:

    Very good instruction on the install, thank you so much. “Worked like a Charm.”

  49. Nicholas says:

    Thank you for your great insight, followed your steps and found it was successful. thank you again this will help with my work

  50. Josh Brienen says:

    Insanely helpful. Thanks so much for your easy to follow instructions. My hat is off to you, sir or madam.

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