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I read http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/change-the-system-locale (windows 8 linked me to this help page)

and I still can't completely understand what that means. In which way is the system locale different than the display language?

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System Locale (Language for non-Unicode Programs):

This setting has three major purposes:

  • Specifies the default ANSI, OEM, MAC, and EBCDIC code pages to use for non-Unicode programs.

  • Specifies some of the font linking preferences for CJK fonts and for legacy bitmap fonts.

  • Specifies application behavior when developers incorrectly use this setting rather than the DEFAULT USER LOCALE.

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User Locale (Standards and Formats):

This setting controls the way information is presented - the sort order in list boxes, the format of date, time, number, and currency values, the calendar you prefer to use.

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Input Locale (Input Method/Language):

This setting specifies the input language and the method for input devices, such as the keyboard layout. The input locale (also called input language) is a per-process setting that describes an input language (for example, Greek) and an input method (for example, the keyboard).

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Display Language

This setting specifies the default system language to display user interface (UI) items (such as menus, dialog boxes, and help files).

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References

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Oh god I hate everything about this. Thanks for the work though. – klyonrad Nov 9 '12 at 0:23
    
Confusing? Certainly! (Even Kaplan, although he's an MS employee working on i18n/localisation/globalisation support, agrees.) Anyway, hope this helped clear things up a bit. – Karan Nov 9 '12 at 0:26
    
related to this language fuckup / confusion: superuser.com/questions/251788/… – klyonrad Nov 10 '12 at 18:48

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