If you want to change the system locale in Windows 7, here’s how.

Change System Locale Windows 7

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The programs that we run on our computers may or may not use Unicode. For non-Unicode programs, we need a set of rule to determine how default characters like font, numbers and symbols are represented. These rules are determined by the computer’s system locale. To change your system locale, follow these simple steps:

1) First, click on the ‘Start’ button and on the right hand side of the Start menu, click on the ‘Control Panel’ menu item.

Click on Control Panel on the Start Menu

2) When the ‘Control Panel’ pops up, click on the heading that says ‘Clock, Language and Region’.

Navigate to the Clock, Language and Region link

3) Then, in the next panel, find the heading that says ‘Region and Language’ and click on it.

Navigate to the Clock, Language and Region link

4) In the ‘Region and Language’, click on the ‘Administrative’ tab.

Click on the Administrative tab in the Region and Language panel.

5) You will see a ‘Change System Locale’ button; you may proceed to click the it. Click on ‘Continue’ if the administration confirmation dialog pops up.
6) Then, the ‘Region and Language Settings’ window will pop up. Choose the language that you wanted to change to. Click ‘OK’ to continue.

Change your language in this Region and Language Settings window.

7) Click ‘OK’ in the Region and Language again to save your new setting.

You will need to restart your computer for the changes to take effect. You should know that changes made to your system locale will not affect how other programs that use Unicode display their information.