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Files In Foreign Languages

Discussion in 'General Computer Discussions' started by classic33, 2 Nov 2017.

  1. classic33

    classic33 Über Geek

    On a windows XP computer, I started looking at/for all the .hlp files. There seems to be about a dozen for each. Checking for these foreign language files has brought up just over 15,000 files in a language other than english on the PC.

    How many of these files are actually required for the computer to operate? And can they be safely delted, keeping only the files in english?

    There's files for scanners, printers, card readers and some of the software on the computer.
     
  2. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

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    I start by checking you only have the one language installed by windows, remove any other languages. This may delete some of them. Technically I think you should be fine as long as you don't change language and keep the ones you need. I reckon they would compress quite well so try zipping them up rather than deleting them, you can also restore them if there are problems.
     
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  3. classic33

    classic33 Über Geek

    It was the amount found that threw me. You download drivers in english, you get a load more as well. Soon adds up.
     
  4. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

    Location:
    UK
    Well there are a couple of reasons for that. Firstly would be the lazy option. It's much easier to install every supported language than to only install the languages set by the OS. The other reason is a bit more of a user friendly reason. You may have the OS set to English only then move to France and install the French language option too in Windows. Now there is no way of Windows realising that your software only has English installed and grab the local copies of the language pack for every bit of software on your machine. So it's easier to install them all and then if you want to change language later it will just work.

    That said, providing you never want to change language you should be able to safely delete all of the other languages you don't use. The thing is that most of them files will be a few hundred lines of plain text, which probably don't amount to much space. One of the things I used to do was delete the Windows help files for all software, now that can really add up to something. As long as you don't use the built in help option on the file/program bar then it should be safe and you are probably going to free up much more space. Obviously you can do both.

    An added advantage of deleting these files is that it also speeds up the anti-virus software as there is less files to scan.
     
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  5. classic33

    classic33 Über Geek

    Chinese(Simplified & Cantonese) are two I know I'll never use.