How do I setup my Windows XP box so that I can write Japanese text?
It's fairly easy to do this, but you'll need your windows install CD. If you don't have your install CD, this answer might be useful to you.
Open your Control Panel and open your "Regional and Language Options" controls. Then
This will show you a list of the "input options" that you currently have installed. We need to "Add..." one.
On the "Add Input Language" screen, select "Japanese" and the "Microsoft IME Standard".
Then click "OK", then "OK" and then "OK"... and you should see the language bar pop up either on your start bar or elsewhere on the screen. You might need to restart if the system tells you to, before you can use the IME.
You can use it with the following key-commands:
You should be able to switch to hiragana mode, type using "IME-romaji", then use spacebar to select among the possible kanji writings.
To install another language and keyboard layout in Windows XP, follow these steps: