How to enable Chinese/Japanese Windows Handwriting Recognition on non-ultimate Windows 7 (Language Pack Installation on Windows 7 Professional SP1)

Blabbling a bit about this, one of my latest, rather very handy discoveries. Maybe it will be helpful to others, too.

I most recently bought myself a grafic tablet.

Wacom Bamboo Pen only, CTL-460-DE

Wacom Bamboo Pen only, CTL-460-DE

Actually I was thinking of furnishing up my non-existant drawing skills without the hassle of destroyed physical paper via an overly use of rubber. While it turned out that no matter what, I would still even suck at drawing stick figures,  I noticed that the windows handwriting recognition is  in fact pretty good. At least it is capable of recognizing even my rather bad handwriting.

Then I thought, this would be perfect for handwriting input for Chinese/Japanese (and probably French because my keyboard lacks the “ç” letter among others). While sougu IME has a pretty nice bigger handwriting pad, pretty much the only one for Windows is the one of the standard Windows IME (which is kind restrictive). Character for character can be rather tiring, if one has a lot of Kanji to look up or wants to type full phrases without bothering looking through all the characters with the same reading.

So, I wanted to have add the language, just to be re-directed to the help page, telling me to buy Windows 7 Ultimate.

There are ways changing language interfaces via a programm called Vistalizator, which adds language packs as a pre-requisite. Only that one doesn’t work on Win7 SP1. (Update 2013: It now does.) For handwriting functionality changing interface language is going to far anyway, just adding a language pack is nescessary, which would be done this way:

1. First is to get the language packs here. Perhaps the exes themselves may work already, for me they did not.

2. Convert the exe into cab files. There is programm for that: exe2cab

3. Installing the cab file via commandline: Open “cmd” with administrator rights and install via command

dism /online /add-package /packagepath:c:\

whereas “c:\” would be the were the cab file is located at.

4. Wait (a longer while) and restart system.

(Info gathered from this article.)

It works rather perfectly for me. you can adjust the speed and pauses in the options, too, in case the writing is far to slow or to fast.

(Usually you wouldn’t have three lines through, the input panel is rather big and I haven’t found a way yet to scale down the font size down.)

Somebody want to take a guess at were the phrase come from? =P

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