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How to install AppLocale Windows 7 & Windows Vista?

I was trying to install AppLocale for Windows 7 and received this message:

There is a problem with this Windows Installer package. A program required for this install to complete could not be run. Contact your support personnel or package vendor.

Turns out, the AppLocale installer needs to be run with administrator privileges in order to complete applocale installation successfully on Windows Vista or Windows 7. However, apploc.msi (or any other .msi) does not offer you a “Run as administrator” on the right click menu. There are many ways around this, one being running a command prompt as an administrator and launching the installer through the prompt.

AppLocale installer needs to be run with administrator privileges in order to install on Windows 7 and Windows Vista

If you are not familiar with command prompt, here is what to do:

  1. Hit the start button and type “cmd”, you will see “cmd.exe” under Programs
  2. Right click and select “Run as administrator” and click “Yes” on the confirmation window
  3. Run apploc.msi through this command prompt – if your apploc.msi is under “Downloads”, this command would be “C:\Users\user_name\Downloads\apploc.msi”
The installer UI will launch and Windows 7 AppLocale installation will run smoothly.

For those who are not familiar with apploc, it lets you launch a code-page based application in a different locale then your system’s setting. Lets say you have an html file with Japanese encoding Shift-JIS and want to launch it with Notepad to make some changes. If your system locale is set to anything else than jp, you will see a bunch of question marks and garbage characters when you open the file with Notepad. You can either change your system locale which will require a reboot, or launch it with AppLocale which will simulate the environment.

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15 Responses

  1. Kind Emre
    thanks so much for this information
    It’s very useful.
    Kind Regards

  2. i not very understand how to do it…
    i face problem at no.3
    Run apploc.msi through this command prompt – if your apploc.msi is under “Downloads”, this command would be “C:UserssupermanDownloadsapploc.msi”
    can help me?

    • Kent, what is the problem you are having? Through the command line, you need to browse to the folder where the applocale executable is. Then run the executable to install.

  3. Hey Thank you so much for posting this.
    Although i have the same problem:
    I paste command and it gives me this
    ‘C:UserssupermanDownloadsapploc.msi’ is not recognized as an internal or external command,
    operable program or batch file.

    • You are skipping a step, Will. Do this:
      - Open command prompt
      - Type cd hit enter, you should see C:
      - type cd UsersSupermanDownloads
      - then type apploc.msi and hit enter

  4. Thank you very much! This worked great.

  5. Brilliant! Thank you.

  6. Magnifique ! Merci ;)

    CoralineJanuary 15, 2012 @ 3:13 pm
  7. wow! very simple + useful!!
    Thank you! thank you!! ^-^

  8. Works like a charm.
    Thanks!

  9. Amazing!!!!Worked I can Now play Yume Nikki!!!

    Arielle-ChanFebruary 12, 2012 @ 6:05 pm
  10. Gracias!

    Renee GoubeauxFebruary 13, 2012 @ 5:06 pm
  11. u can always just use right click on the installer click properties hit compatiblity from it click the box that says run as administrator hit apply and ok then just run it much simplier.

    • hi tony,
      how am i suppose to click the box that says rus as administrator if the box is disable??
      any option??

      shaffJune 19, 2012 @ 8:22 pm
      • If that box is disabled, you probably do not have administrative privileges on the computer.