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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Multilingual User Interface Technology

What is Multilingual User Interface Pack (MUI)?
Multilingual User Interface Pack is a set of language specific resource files that can be added to the English version of Windows Professional. When installed on the English version of Windows, MUI allows the user interface language of the operating system to be changed according to the preferences of individual users to one of the 33 supported languages. This allows large corporations to roll out the same worldwide image with a single install job. Local users can then select the user interface language or it can be set by Group Policy for Organizational Units.
MUI also allows different language users to share the same workstation or roaming users to take their localized user interface from one workstation to another. For instance, one user might choose to see system menus, dialogs and other text in Japanese, while another user logging onto the same system might prefer to see the corresponding text in French.
What are the differences between Windows Server 2003 MUI and Windows 2000 Server MUI?
Windows Server 2003 MUI is on par with Windows XP MUI. Enhancements over Windows 2000 Server MUI include:
  • A more extensively localized user interface than Windows 2000 MUI that includes localized folder and file names. Users will see more information in their particular language.
  • For Server 2003, the performance monitor is MUI-enabled.
  • The language of the counters and the bubble Help display in the current user UI. Also, the MUI CD will include a MUI package for the .NET Framework resources.
  • A localized console when the user interface is set to an East Asian language. (Not available for Arabic or Hebrew MUI.)
  • Better application compatibility: To ensure improved application compatibility, during MUISetup.exe, the administrator is given the opportunity to change the System Locale to match that of the Default User locale and use the system font of the selected Default User locale.
How do I install Windows MUI?
Multilingual User Interface Resource Files are only sold as a bundle with the English version of Windows to make absolutely sure customers have the English version of the OS when installing MUI.
The Windows XP bundle consists of 6 CDs, one containing the base operating system in English, plus 5 CDs containing the Multilingual User Interface files. The Windows 2000 bundle includes 3 CDs, one containing the base Windows 2000 Professional and the other two containing MUI files. After completing setup of the base English OS from CD1, run the program MUISETUP.EXE from any of the resource CDs to install the required User Interface Languages. MUISETUP.EXE can also be run from a network share.

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