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How to enable Arabic language support - Windows XP

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Make sure that your computer's operating system supports the language in which you want to type. In Microsoft Windows 2000 and Microsoft Windows XP, you can add language support for additional languages. If you are using Microsoft Windows 95, Microsoft Windows 98, or Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Me), you must have a Windows version that contains language support for the language that you want to use.
Article ID : Microsoft 821080
Last Review : 2003-09-30T10:44:00
Revision : 1.0


Some languages such as Arabic are not available in the list of input languages in the Regional and Language Options applet in Control Panel.


1. Click on the start and go to Settings - Control Panel
2. Open the Regional and Language Options applet
3. On the Languages Tab check the "Install the file for complex script and right to left languages" checkbox to select it
4. Click OK
5. Insert the Microsoft Windows XP CD when prompted and allow installation to complete
6. Restart the computer when prompted to do so

Microsoft Windows XP Professional Edition
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

How to enable Arabic language support - Windows 2000

1. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click Regional Options.
2. On the General tab, select the check box for the language that you want, and then click OK.
3. Restart your computer if prompted.
These steps add language support but do not add the matching keyboard driver

How to enable Arabic language support - Windows 98
If not available in your Windows98 setup tab, go to Windows update site and download Arabic language pack

  1. Click the Start button, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
  2. In Control Panel, click the Add/Remove Programs icon.
  3. Click the Windows Setup tab.
  4. Select the check box for Multilanguage Support.
  5. Click OK.