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I've recently installed Windows 8 on my laptop. I can display and copy/paste chinese characters fine in a web browser (e.g. textbox control) or in MS word, but in notepad or in the IE address bar they are just displayed as boxes.

In skype, I can type chinese characters OK into the input box but in the chat history area they just appear as boxes.

I have checked with a couple of colleagues and they don't have this problem. Arabic and Thai also seem to work fine for me.

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Check the Language Control Panel applet on your colleagues' PCs. What languages do they have installed? What locales do they have set? –  Karan May 3 '13 at 17:29
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I discovered a suggestion here which worked a treat:

Unicode characters suddenly start displaying as boxes in some applications

Basically switch the default locale to Chinese and back to English, and everything is working now

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