Languages and Windows 7

Hi everyone,
I have a question about the language inputs for Windows 7
I want to type in Japanese and obviously see japanese characters, but is it only windows 7 ultimate that can do different languages?
Or is it like XP and Vista where i can download the language packs and have the IME pad and what-not.
I really don't want to spend the extra money just for language input ability.

Thanks.
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  1. See this link:

    http://www.winsupersite.com/win7/win7_skus_compare.asp

    As far as I can tell, only Enterprise and Ultimate support the language packs.
  2. Herr_Koos said:
    See this link:

    http://www.winsupersite.com/win7/win7_skus_compare.asp

    As far as I can tell, only Enterprise and Ultimate support the language packs.


    +1. Only Enterprise and Ultimate support language packs.
  3. I am pretty sure that the language packs only change the language of the interface, you can still change the input language without the language packs.
  4. Every version of Windows 7 can use the Japanese (and many other) Input Method Editor (IME). And every version can display Japanese text.

    The only thing you need the language packs for is to change the User Interface Language (ie, the language shown on menus, buttons, toolbars, dialog boxes, etc.).

    Here is some Japanese text I entered on my Windows 7 system, even though I have no language pack installed:

    これは日本語じゃないか?

    To activate the Japanese input capability:

    Open Control Panel -> Region and Language
    Click the "Keyboards and Languages" tab
    Click "Change Keyboards..."
    Click the "Add..." button to add the Japanese IME.
  5. Kore wa Nihongo janai ka?
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