Feb 3, 2008

How to have a Chinese tiny xp ( multi language version)

Tiny XP is a very small XP. It requires only 80MB RAM to run(somebody claims that it needs merely 55MB) and costs you 600MB disk space. It's useful if you need a small windows XP system. Somebody install it on USB thumb device to get a recovery disk. Others install it on small device like eeepc or virtual machine( VMWARE or parallel desktop).

Since my Mac needs a windows system to get full-functional MSN, I have to get a XP for my Mac. Tiny XP is a suitable choice. However, to get it work on other languages like Mandarin Chinese is a pain!!!

How to make Chinese Input work on Tiny XP?

The answer is here:
( these steps are also valid if you need to install other language supports to Tiny XP)

1.Get a Tiny XP first: try google. I got Tiny XP Rev 06, if you got newer version, please let me know :)

2.Get a English Windows XP SP2 installation disk: Get it from local stores. There is a legal way to do this, so I wont tell you to download it from Internet. You need this to get a Chinese Input.

3.Get a working Chinese Windows XP system.

4.Copy intl.inf from %systemroot%\inf\ of your Chinese Windows XP system to the same directory of Tiny XP. Don't forget backup!

5.Insert your English Windows XP disk.

6.Control Panel -> Regional and Language Settings -> Eastern Language Support.

7.During the installation of Eastern Language, you will be asked about some missing files. Get the files from D:\I386, D:\I386\Lang, and D:\I386\Driver.cab. 'D' is the drive letter of your English XP disk.

8.Copy fonts from %systemroot%\fonts to the same directory of Tiny XP.


10.Now you can install your Chinese Input programs.

There are other choices like ltm or deepin, but they are simplified Chinese OS and they are not as tiny as tiny XP. Therefore, I think Tiny XP is still the best choice for small system.