System locale, in the context of the Windows OS, refers to the language that is used to display the text in menus and dialog boxes, especially in programs that do not use Unicode. Typically, the language of the system locale is set to the Windows language (as set by the user’s preference). Problems arise when the OS language s other than English, and garbled and gibberish text is displayed in the context menus and dialog boxes.

This problem can be easily resolved by changing the language of the system locale, but Windows only lists the common languages in the locale or display language available option – such as English (United States), English (Australia), Chinese (Taiwan), Chinese (PRC), Chinese (Hong Kong S.A.R.), Arabic (Egypt), Arabic (Iraq), Arabic (U.A.E), Hebrew (Israel), etc. There is absolutely no information about the ANSI codes that might be very useful in trying to convert ANSI non-Unicode languages, or getting the foreign language to display legible characters in music player playlists for instance. Had there been such an ANSI code page it would have been a great boon for programmers as well as advanced users, as they would have been able to do the conversion without having to resort to Microsoft AppLocale.

Thus, the following table is provided by Microsoft listing all supported locale identifiers in Windows 95, 98, Me, NT 4.0, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista and most of the upcoming future versions too. The table includes the corresponding locale, the locale name, an associated script, and the default ANSI code page for the locale.

Locale identifier Locale Locale name Script tag ANSI code page
0×0436 Afrikaans (South Africa) af-ZA Latn 1252
0×041c Albanian (Albania) sq-AL Latn 1252
0×0484 Windows Vista and later: Alsatian (France) gsw-FR
0×045e Windows Vista and later: Amharic (Ethiopia) am-ET Unicode only
0×1401 Arabic (Algeria) ar-DZ Arab 1256
0×3c01 Arabic (Bahrain) ar-BH Arab 1256
0×0c01 Arabic (Egypt) ar-EG Arab 1256
0×0801 Arabic (Iraq) ar-IQ Arab 1256
0×2c01 Arabic (Jordan) ar-JO Arab 1256
0×3401 Arabic (Kuwait) ar-KW Arab 1256
0×3001 Arabic (Lebanon) ar-LB Arab 1256
0×1001 Arabic (Libya) ar-LY Arab 1256
0×1801 Arabic (Morocco) ar-MA Arab 1256
0×2001 Arabic (Oman) ar-OM Arab 1256
0×4001 Arabic (Qatar) ar-QA Arab 1256
0×0401 Arabic (Saudi Arabia) ar-SA Arab 1256
0×2801 Arabic (Syria) ar-SY Arab 1256
0×1c01 Arabic (Tunisia) ar-TN Arab 1256
0×3801 Arabic (U.A.E.) ar-AE Arab 1256
0×2401 Arabic (Yemen) ar-YE Arab 1256
0×042b Windows 2000 and later: Armenian (Armenia) hy-AM Armn Unicode only
0×044d Windows Vista and later: Assamese (India) as-IN Unicode only
0×082c Azeri (Azerbaijan, Cyrillic) az-Cyrl-AZ Cyrl 1251
0×042c Azeri (Azerbaijan, Latin) az-Latn-AZ Latn 1254
0×046d Windows Vista and later: Bashkir (Russia) ba-RU
0×042d Basque (Basque) eu-ES Latn 1252
0×0423 Belarusian (Belarus) be-BY Cyrl 1251
0×0445 Windows XP SP2 and later: Bengali (India) bn-IN Beng Unicode only
0×201a Windows XP SP2 and later (downloadable); Windows Vista and later: Bosnian (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyrillic) bs-Cyrl-BA Cyrl 1251
0×141a Windows XP SP2 and later: Bosnian (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Latin) bs-Latn-BA Latn 1250
0×047e Breton (France) br-FR Latn 1252
0×0402 Bulgarian (Bulgaria) bg-BG Cyrl 1251
0×0455 Not supported: Burmese
0×0403 Catalan (Catalan) ca-ES Latn 1252
0×0c04 Chinese (Hong Kong SAR, PRC) zh-HK Hant 950
0×1404 Windows 98/Me, Windows XP and later:Chinese (Macao SAR) zh-MO Hant 950
0×0804 Chinese (PRC) zh-CN Hans 936
0×1004 Chinese (Singapore) zh-SG Hans 936
0×0404 Chinese (Taiwan) zh-TW Hant 950
Windows Vista and later: Corsican (France) co-FR
0×101a Windows XP SP2 and later: Croatian (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Latin) hr-BA Latn 1250
0×041a Croatian (Croatia) hr-HR Latn 1250
0×0405 Czech (Czech Republic) cs-CZ Latn 1250
0×0406 Danish (Denmark) da-DK Latn 1252
0×048c Windows XP and later: Dari (Afghanistan) gbz-AF Arab 1256
0×0465 Windows XP and later: Divehi (Maldives) dv-MV Thaa Unicode only
0×0813 Dutch (Belgium) nl-BE Latn 1252
0×0413 Dutch (Netherlands) nl-NL Latn 1252
0×0c09 English (Australia) en-AU Latn 1252
0×2809 English (Belize) en-BZ Latn 1252
0×1009 English (Canada) en-CA Latn 1252
0×2409 English (Caribbean) en-029 Latn 1252
0×4009 Windows Vista and later: English (India) en-IN Latn 1252
0×1809 English (Ireland) en-IE Latn 1252
0×2009 English (Jamaica) en-JM Latn 1252
0×4409 Windows Vista and later: English (Malaysia) en-MY Latn 1252
0×1409 English (New Zealand) en-NZ Latn 1252
0×3409 Windows 98/Me, Windows 2000 and later: English (Philippines) en-PH Latn 1252
0×4809 Windows Vista and later: English (Singapore) en-SG Latn 1252
0×1c09 English (South Africa) en-ZA Latn 1252
0×2c09 English (Trinidad and Tobago) en-TT Latn 1252
0×0809 English (United Kingdom) en-GB Latn 1252
0×0409 English (United States) en-US Latn 1252
0×3009 Windows 98/Me, Windows 2000 and later: English (Zimbabwe) en-ZW Latn 1252
0×0425 Estonian (Estonia) et-EE Latn 1257
0×0438 Faroese (Faroe Islands) fo-FO Latn 1252
0×0464 Windows XP SP2 and later (downloadable); Windows Vista and later: Filipino (Philippines) fil-PH Latn 1252
0×040b Finnish (Finland) fi-FI Latn 1252
0×080c French (Belgium) fr-BE Latn 1252
0×0c0c French (Canada) fr-CA Latn 1252
0×040c French (France) fr-FR Latn 1252
0×140c French (Luxembourg) fr-LU Latn 1252
0×180c French (Monaco) fr-MC Latn 1252
0×100c French (Switzerland) fr-CH Latn 1252
0×0462 Windows XP SP2 and later (downloadable); Windows Vista and later: Frisian (Netherlands) fy-NL Latn 1252
0×0456 Windows XP and later: Galician (Spain) gl-ES Latn 1252
0×0437 Windows 2000 and later: Georgian (Georgia) ka-GE Geor Unicode only
0×0c07 German (Austria) de-AT Latn 1252
0×0407 German (Germany) de-DE Latn 1252
0×1407 German (Liechtenstein) de-LI Latn 1252
0×1007 German (Luxembourg) de-LU Latn 1252
0×0807 German (Switzerland) de-CH Latn 1252
0×0408 Greek (Greece) el-GR Grek 1253
0×046f Windows Vista and later: Greenlandic (Greenland) kl-GL Latn 1252
0×0447 Windows XP and later: Gujarati (India) gu-IN Gujr Unicode only
0×0468 Windows Vista and later: Hausa (Nigeria, Latin) ha-Latn-NG Latn 1252
0×040d Hebrew (Israel) he-IL Hebr 1255
0×0439 Windows 2000 and later: Hindi (India) hi-IN Deva Unicode only
0×040e Hungarian (Hungary) hu-HU Latn 1250
0×040f Icelandic (Iceland) is-IS Latn 1252
0×0470 Igbo (Nigeria) ig-NG
0×0421 Indonesian (Indonesia) id-ID Latn 1252
0×085d Windows XP and later: Inuktitut (Canada, Latin) iu-Latn-CA Latn 1252
0×045d Windows XP SP2 and later (downloadable); Windows Vista and later: Inuktitut (Canada, Syllabics) iu-Cans-CA Cans Unicode only
0×083c Windows XP SP2 and later (downloadable); Windows Vista and later: Irish (Ireland) ga-IE Latn 1252
0×0410 Italian (Italy) it-IT Latn 1252
0×0810 Italian (Switzerland) it-CH Latn 1252
0×0411 Japanese (Japan) ja-JP Hani;Hira;Kana 932
0×044b Windows XP and later: Kannada (India) kn-IN Knda Unicode only
0×043f Windows 2000 and later: Kazakh (Kazakhstan) kk-KZ Cyrl 1251
0×0453 Windows Vista and later: Khmer (Cambodia) kh-KH Khmr Unicode only
0×0486 Windows Vista and later: K’iche (Guatemala) qut-GT Latn 1252
0×0487 Windows Vista and later: Kinyarwanda (Rwanda) rw-RW Latn 1252
0×0457 Windows 2000 and later: Konkani (India) kok-IN Deva Unicode only
0×0812 Windows 95, Windows NT 4.0 only:Korean (Johab)
0×0412 Korean (Korea) ko-KR Hang;Hani 949
0×0440 Windows XP and later: Kyrgyz (Kyrgyzstan) ky-KG Cyrl 1251
0×0454 Windows Vista and later: Lao (Lao PDR) lo-LA Laoo Unicode only
0×0426 Latvian (Latvia) lv-LV Latn 1257
0×0427 Lithuanian (Lithuania) lt-LT Latn 1257
0×082e Windows Vista and later: Lower Sorbian (Germany) dsb-DE Latn 1252
0×046e Windows XP SP2 and later (downloadable); Windows Vista and later: Luxembourgish (Luxembourg) lb-LU Latn 1252
0×042f Windows 2000 and later: Macedonian (Macedonia, FYROM) mk-MK Cyrl 1251
0×083e Windows 2000 and later: Malay (Brunei Darussalam) ms-BN Latn 1252
0×043e Windows 2000 and later: Malay (Malaysia) ms-MY Latn 1252
0×044c Windows XP SP2 and later: Malayalam (India) ml-IN Mlym Unicode only
0×043a Windows XP SP2 and later: Maltese (Malta) mt-MT Latn 1252
0×0481 Windows XP SP2 and later: Maori (New Zealand) mi-NZ Latn 1252
0×047a Windows XP SP2 and later (downloadable); Windows Vista and later: Mapudungun (Chile) arn-CL Latn 1252
0×044e Windows 2000 and later: Marathi (India) mr-IN Deva Unicode only
0×047c Windows XP SP2 and later (downloadable); Windows Vista and later: Mohawk (Canada) moh-CA Latn 1252
0×0450 Windows XP and later: Mongolian (Mongolia) mn-Cyrl-MN Cyrl 1251
0×0850 Windows Vista and later: Mongolian (PRC) mn-Mong-CN Mong Unicode only
Nepali (India) ne-IN __ Unicode only
0×0461 Windows XP SP2 and later (downloadable); Windows Vista and later: Nepali (Nepal) ne-NP Deva Unicode only
0×0414 Norwegian (Bokmål, Norway) nb-NO Latn 1252
0×0814 Norwegian (Nynorsk, Norway) nn-NO Latn 1252
0×0482 Occitan (France) oc-FR Latn 1252
0×0448 Oriya (India) or-IN Orya Unicode only
0×0463 Windows XP SP2 and later (downloadable); Windows Vista and later: Pashto (Afghanistan) ps-AF
0×0429 Persian (Iran) fa-IR Arab 1256
0×0415 Polish (Poland) pl-PL Latn 1250
0×0416 Portuguese (Brazil) pt-BR Latn 1252
0×0816 Portuguese (Portugal) pt-PT Latn 1252
0×0446 Windows XP and later: Punjabi (India) pa-IN Guru Unicode only
0×046b Windows XP SP2 and later: Quechua (Bolivia) quz-BO Latn 1252
0×086b Windows XP SP2 and later: Quechua (Ecuador) quz-EC Latn 1252
0×0c6b Windows XP SP2 and later: Quechua (Peru) quz-PE Latn 1252
0×0418 Romanian (Romania) ro-RO Latn 1250
0×0417 Windows XP SP2 and later (downloadable); Windows Vista and later: Romansh (Switzerland) rm-CH Latn 1252
0×0419 Russian (Russia) ru-RU Cyrl 1251
0×243b Windows XP SP2 and later: Sami (Inari, Finland) smn-FI Latn 1252
0×103b Windows XP SP2 and later: Sami (Lule, Norway) smj-NO Latn 1252
0×143b Windows XP SP2 and later: Sami (Lule, Sweden) smj-SE Latn 1252
0×0c3b Windows XP SP2 and later: Sami (Northern, Finland) se-FI Latn 1252
0×043b Windows XP SP2 and later: Sami (Northern, Norway) se-NO Latn 1252
0×083b Windows XP SP2 and later: Sami (Northern, Sweden) se-SE Latn 1252
0×203b Windows XP SP2 and later: Sami (Skolt, Finland) sms-FI Latn 1252
0×183b Windows XP SP2 and later: Sami (Southern, Norway) sma-NO Latn 1252
0×1c3b Windows XP SP2 and later: Sami (Southern, Sweden) sma-SE Latn 1252
0×044f Windows 2000 and later: Sanskrit (India) sa-IN Deva Unicode only
0×1c1a Windows XP SP2 and later: Serbian (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyrillic) sr-Cyrl-BA Cyrl 1251
0×181a Windows XP SP2 and later: Serbian (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Latin) sr-Latn-BA Latn 1250
0×0c1a Serbian (Serbia, Cyrillic) sr-Cyrl-CS Cyrl 1251
0×081a Serbian (Serbia, Latin) sr-Latn-CS Latn 1250
0×046c Windows XP SP2 and later: Sesotho sa Leboa/Northern Sotho (South Africa) ns-ZA Latn 1252
0×0432 Windows XP SP2 and later:Setswana/Tswana (South Africa) tn-ZA Latn 1252
0×045b Windows Vista and later: Sinhala (Sri Lanka) si-LK Sinh Unicode only
0×041b Slovak (Slovakia) sk-SK Latn 1250
0×0424 Slovenian (Slovenia) sl-SI Latn 1250
0×2c0a Spanish (Argentina) es-AR Latn 1252
0×400a Spanish (Bolivia) es-BO Latn 1252
0×340a Spanish (Chile) es-CL Latn 1252
0×240a Spanish (Colombia) es-CO Latn 1252
0×140a Spanish (Costa Rica) es-CR Latn 1252
0×1c0a Spanish (Dominican Republic) es-DO Latn 1252
0×300a Spanish (Ecuador) es-EC Latn 1252
0×440a Spanish (El Salvador) es-SV Latn 1252
0×100a Spanish (Guatemala) es-GT Latn 1252
0×480a Spanish (Honduras) es-HN Latn 1252
0×080a Spanish (Mexico) es-MX Latn 1252
0×4c0a Spanish (Nicaragua) es-NI Latn 1252
0×180a Spanish (Panama) es-PA Latn 1252
0×3c0a Spanish (Paraguay) es-PY Latn 1252
0×280a Spanish (Peru) es-PE Latn 1252
0×500a Spanish (Puerto Rico) es-PR Latn 1252
0×0c0a Spanish (Spain) es-ES Latn 1252
0×040a Spanish (Spain, Traditional Sort) es-ES_tradnl Latn 1252
0×540a Windows Vista and later: Spanish (United States) es-US
0×380a Spanish (Uruguay) es-UY Latn 1252
0×200a Spanish (Venezuela) es-VE Latn 1252
0×0430 Not supported: Sutu
0×0441 Windows 2000 and later: Swahili (Kenya) sw-KE Latn 1252
0×081d Swedish (Finland) sv-FI Latn 1252
0×041d Swedish (Sweden) sv-SE Latn 1252
0×045a Windows XP and later: Syriac (Syria) syr-SY Syrc Unicode only
0×0428 Windows Vista and later: Tajik (Tajikistan) tg-Cyrl-TJ Cyrl 1251
0×085f Windows Vista and later: Tamazight (Algeria, Latin) tmz-Latn-DZ Latn 1252
0×0449 Windows 2000 and later: Tamil (India) ta-IN Taml Unicode only
0×0444 Windows XP and later: Tatar (Russia) tt-RU Cyrl 1251
0×044a Windows XP and later: Telugu (India) te-IN Telu Unicode only
0×041e Thai (Thailand) th-TH Thai 874
0×0851 Windows Vista and later: Tibetan (Bhutan) bo-BT Tibt Unicode only
0×0451 Windows Vista and later: Tibetan (PRC) bo-CN Tibt Unicode only
0×041f Turkish (Turkey) tr-TR Latn 1254
0×0442 Windows Vista and later: Turkmen (Turkmenistan) tk-TM Cyrl 1251
0×0480 Windows Vista and later: Uighur (PRC) ug-CN Arab 1256
0×0422 Ukrainian (Ukraine) uk-UA Cyrl 1251
0×042e Windows Vista and later: Upper Sorbian (Germany) wen-DE Latn 1252
0×0820 Urdu (India) tr-IN
0×0420 Windows 98/Me, Windows 2000 and later: Urdu (Pakistan) ur-PK Arab 1256
0×0843 Windows 2000 and later: Uzbek (Uzbekistan, Cyrillic) uz-Cyrl-UZ Cyrl 1251
0×0443 Windows 2000 and later: Uzbek (Uzbekistan, Latin) uz-Latn-UZ Latn 1254
0×042a Windows 98/Me, Windows NT 4.0 and later: Vietnamese (Vietnam) vi-VN Latn 1258
0×0452 Windows XP SP2 and later: Welsh (United Kingdom) cy-GB Latn 1252
0×0488 Windows Vista and later: Wolof (Senegal) wo-SN Latn 1252
0×0434 Windows XP SP2 and later:Xhosa/isiXhosa (South Africa) xh-ZA Latn 1252
0×0485 Windows Vista and later: Yakut (Russia) sah-RU Cyrl 1251
0×0478 Windows Vista and later: Yi (PRC) ii-CN Yiii Unicode only
0×046a Windows Vista and later: Yoruba (Nigeria) yo-NG
0×0435 Windows XP SP2 and later: Zulu/isiZulu (South Africa) zu-ZA Latn 1252
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