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Changing non-Unicode settings in Microsoft Windows 7/ 10 bypass the administrator privileges

Hi everyone, We know the step of changing non-Unicode settings in [Control Panel] -> [Region] , and it requires administrator privileges if changing it. Is it possible to changing settings bypass the administrator privileges? Because I need to change it frequently for viewing some programs included specified texts.

Anyone had the ideas and the experience about this issues?

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@OAStaff-4952
Hi,
If the user account doesn’t have sufficient permission, you could try power user access.
Right click the app, navigate to Properties>Security tab>Advanced, select the user account and check its permission.
Else, you might need to use some 3rd party app to give specific admin access.

Hope above information can help you.

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Hi ,

I tried created a shortcut as "Region.lnk" from Control Panel and then perform your suggested actions.
(Properties>Security tab>Advanced , make the user had Full Control)
But it still required Administrator's permission when changing the setting of "Language for non-Unicode programs"

I am finding the 3rd party app which can give specific admin access as you mentioned.
But seems didn't had those app could help.

Never mind. Thank you for your suggestion and help.

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Hi,
According to my research, I think it is difficult to bypass the administrator privileges.
Sorry for not being able to help you.

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cheong00 answered ·

The AppLocale + Set Environment Variable trick should still work in Win7 (requires installing apploc.msi file from command prompt under administrative privileges).

However this won't work in Win10, also it can break if your application need interaction with external environment (like Clipboard or data structures in Windows API. The narrow strings do not have locale information attached and most code assume they should be interpreted with CP_ACP, which can lead to problem, say when saving files with file path containing characters not supported in current system locale)

It would be better if you can just deploy VM with WinXP for each users who require this setup.


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