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Windows MUI Knowledge Center

Here you can find technical information about Windows Multilingual User Interface (MUI) as well as general information about Windows Language Packs and Language Interface Packs (LIPs).

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Language Packs in Windows 7 Language Packs in Windows 7

This document describes the characteristics of the different language packs that Microsoft provides for Windows 7. It provides information on the parts of the product that are localized, the licensing considerations that apply, and the availability depending on the language pack type. Also covered are the localization differences between a localized version of Windows and one after a language pack has been installed.

Understanding Multilingual Deployments Understanding Multilingual Deployments

This section of the WAIK (Windows Automated Installation Kit) describes the language packs available in Windows 7 and the multilingual deployments scenarios supported in Windows 7.

Step-by-Step: Multilingual Image Creation in Windows 7 Step-by-Step: Multilingual Image Creation in Windows 7

This white paper, targeted at IT professionals working on Windows image deployments, describes the step-by-step process to create a multilingual Windows 7 image for international deployment scenarios.

Handling Indirect Strings Handling Indirect Strings

Learn how to use registry string redirection with MUI, to use the registry in a language-neutral fashion.

Handling Event Logs Handling Event Logs

Multilingual design considerations for publishing event descriptions to the Event Log.

Handling Group Policies Handling Group Policies

Multilingual design considerations for managing group policy files.

Localizing WMI classes Localizing WMI classes

Learn techniques for localizing WMI class information, by separating language-neutral and language-specific versions of the class definition.

MUI on TechNet

Deploying MUI in Vista:  Instructions for building a custom multilingual installation of the Microsoft Windows Vista operating system.
Windows XP Professional MUI Options:  Similarities and differences between the Microsoft Windows XP Multilingual User Interface Pack and localized versions of Windows XP Professional.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Understanding LIPs:  Frequently asked questions related to Windows Language Interface Packs.
  • MUI prior to Vista:  MUI support available on Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, and Windows 2000 MUI.
  • MUI Run-Time Diagnostics:  Compilation of information about resource location and language settings for Multilingual Resource Languages (MUI) technology.

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Writing world-ready apps for Windows 7
This session at the 2008 Professional Developers Conference introduces the Extended Linguistic Services API and also covers the Multilingual User Interface (MUI) technology inside Windows 7. In particular it walks you through an end-to-end look at how to make your application MUI-enabled. The MUI section of the presentation starts at Slide 17.

Writing Win32 MUI apps for Vista
This presentation provides an overview of Windows Vista MUI support and how to develop Win32 MUI apps for Vista.