Most Arabic softwares need an operating system which supports arabic interface to run properly. Operating system such as Windows XP doesn’t enable this support automatically. We’ll have to configure it manually, either during Windows installation, or after it has been installed. To set up this support, you’ll need to follow the following steps:
- You’ll need Windows XP installation CD in the CD tray.
- If you’ve had the CD inserted, open Control Panel > Regional and Language Options > switch to Languages tab > if you have the Install files for complex script and right-to-left languages (including Thai) check box turned on, then your machine has supported Arabic and you can skip this step, otherwise turn it on to apply the support > click Apply button on the bottom of the dialog (don’t click OK yet, we still have few things to do). Wait until the installation complete. Ignore the second check box. Check it on only if you want to apply Chinese, Japanese, and Korean support.
- Now click the Details… button in the Text services and input languages section frame.
- A new window will appear, letting you to enable keyboard input for specific languages, as well as other lingual services for those languages.
- In the new window which appears, verify wether Arabic keyboard input service has been enabled (it should be shown on the list). If so, you can skip this step, otherwise, press the Add… button and choose Arabic input language from the drop down list (you can pick among various arabic input language versions, but Saudi Arabia or Egypt is preferred). Press OK to add the keyboard input support. Press OK in the Text services and input languages window.
- Now you’ll back on the Regional and Language Options window. Switch to the Advanced tab to enable arabic scripting.
- In the Language for non-Unicode programs section, select Arabic (Saudi Arabia) from the drop down list. (again, you can still select other arabic versions).