Languages / fonts - messed up letters!

Discussion in 'Windows 10' started by MonarchX, Sep 16, 2017.

  1. MonarchX

    MonarchX MDL Expert

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    I use En-US version of Windows 10 and occasionally I install something that uses Russian fonts, Cyrillic and while some fonts/letters show up normally, others are just messed-up-garbage-unreadable. Why is it some fonts/letters are OK, while others are messed up? I can view websites in Russian just fine, type, etc., but when it comes to some software installers, this issue tends to come up and its annoying.

    I THINK it can be fixed (or at least could be fixed back on Windows XP...) by changing Windows 10 location/localization settings or just by using Russian copy of Win10, BUT that is not what I want.

    I want my En-US version of Win10, want my location to be USA, want En-US as primary language, but I also want to see normal Russian fonts/letter like they should be.

    What is also funny is that it seems to affect Russian-fonts/letter specifically because I never had anything like that with German or French...

    Do I need to install a language pack or something? Is is the only way? I am not sure where to even get a language pack and whether it makes sense to apply it after my OS was already updated and fully rebased.
     
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  2. vuze4u

    vuze4u MDL Member

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    Problem is that the programs/installers wasn't created with full Unicode or UTF encoding result with gibberish font.

    Changing windows language is one way to get the font to display properly, i used to do that with few Japanese game installers, but now days i just know what those gibberish button does and skip language change.
     
  3. MonarchX

    MonarchX MDL Expert

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    Yeah, I guess I will have to suck it up, but why can't En-US version support non-full-Unicode/UTF Cyrillic?
     
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  4. vuze4u

    vuze4u MDL Member

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    The same thing happen when saving other languages on a .txt file (notable Japanese/Chinese/German/Russian and more) using default ANSI encode, it will just save it as gibberish, Unicode/UTF is the only way.

    So question is why not everything just create with Unicode/UTF to begin with for universal compatibility. There must be reasons, but not big enough to make me dig on it.