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Apothem
12-12-2011, 02:59 AM
How do I get my Windows 7 Home to permanently show unicode characters? I can temporarily make it work by switching the local language and switching back to English, but again that is temporary.

Any possible solutions?

Major Payne
12-12-2011, 08:57 AM
Referring to the OS itself while in English or when using your browser while in English and viewing unicode characters on the Internet. Browser has to be set to correct character encoding and the font(s) has to be on your computer to show those characters.

Maybe:

[Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > Fonts > Fonts Settings. Deselect "Hide fonts based on language settings"] (http://www.sevenforums.com/general-discussion/57825-compatibility-non-unicode-characters.html)

Might be helpful:

Using special characters (Character Map): frequently asked questions (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Using-special-characters-Character-Map-frequently-asked-questions)

Major Payne
12-12-2011, 08:57 AM
Referring to the OS itself while in English or when using your browser while in English and viewing unicode characters on the Internet? Browser has to be set to correct character encoding and the font(s) has to be on your computer to show those characters.

Maybe:

[Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > Fonts > Fonts Settings. Deselect "Hide fonts based on language settings"] (http://www.sevenforums.com/general-discussion/57825-compatibility-non-unicode-characters.html)

Might be helpful:

Using special characters (Character Map): frequently asked questions (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Using-special-characters-Character-Map-frequently-asked-questions)

Apothem
12-12-2011, 11:22 AM
I'm talking about the OS; when viewing files with unicode characters (which essentially branches out to software). Though my browser can show unicode characters, the title for my browser (when it contains unicode characters) are still boxes.

Unfortunately, your links did not help resolve the issue.

Major Payne
12-12-2011, 02:06 PM
Unicode Chart (http://www.ssec.wisc.edu/~tomw/java/unicode.html) Not sure what language you view, but your browser still has to have the correct character encoder set and the correct font set has to be installed. Most I don't have a problem viewing, but this will not help you until we both are on the same page.

Apothem
12-12-2011, 08:16 PM
My browser is not the one at issue - it's my system. My browser can display most of those characters too.

BUT besides that, for some reason after I restarted the unicode fonts are displaying. I restarted again and it seems okay. Though I am still unsure if this is temporary or not. Will post again if an issue occurs.

Thanks.

blapage
12-21-2011, 06:53 AM
Upgrade your Service Pack for windows 7

also I have found that on windows xp if service pack is sp1 you might see google analytics appear i.e the popup

so the solution is upgrading service pack

Apothem
12-21-2011, 08:23 AM
It is already upgraded.

So the solution resolves the problem 50% of the time. Sometimes when I start up my computer the unicode characters show, sometimes it doesn't. It's really weird.

terrycyber
01-18-2012, 11:11 AM
I'm facing the exact same situation as u Apothem, sometimes restarting my pc solves this, and also brings it back at times. Like u mentioned, it's temporary.

Mine ironically seems to have started after I decided to install an additional Language Pack from windows update ( Chinese PRC simplified ).

This probably has nothing to do with any web browser as it also affects windows explorer.

I've also tried most of the above solutions, including suggested solutions I've come across on other forums and websites, non of them did the trick.



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