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Try Windows 7 in Sinhala; Windows 7 Sinhala LIP Released

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Good News for Sri Lankan Windows 7 users. Yesterday (11.11.2010) the Microsoft Language Team released the Sinhala Language Integration Pack for Windows 7 that can be downloaded for free to experience a much more localized or rather a Sinhala like version of Windows 7.






Windows භාෂා අතුරු මුහුණත් පැකේජය (LIP), Windows හි බෙහෙවින් ම භාවිත වූ ප්‍රදේශවල, අර්ධ ව පරිවර්තිත සංස්කරණයක් ලබා දෙයි. LIP ස්ථාපනය කිරීමෙන් පසු, පෙළ ඇතුල් කරන විශාරද, සංවාද කොටු, මෙනු සහ උදව් හා සහාය යන මාතෘකා LIP භාෂාහි දිස්වනු ඇත. පරිවර්තිත නො වූ පෙළ, Windows 7 හි මූලික භාෂාවෙන් පැවතිය හැකි ය. නිදසුනක් ලෙස ඔබ Windows 7 හි ස්පාඤ්ඤ සංස්කරණයක් මිල දී ගෙන, කැටලෑන් LIP ස්ථාපනය කළ හොත් ඇතැම් පෙළ ස්පාඤ්ඤ භාෂාවෙන් ම පවතිනු ඇත. තනි මූලික භාෂාවක් මත LIP භාෂා එකකට වඩා ස්ථාපනය කළ හැකි ය. සියලු ම Windows 7 සංස්කරණවල Windows LIP ස්ථාපනය කළ හැකි ය.

Windows has two types of Display Languages,

  • Language Packs – Where almost the entire Operating System will be displayed in a particular Language. Due to this, only a selected major languages have been selected and only Windows 7 Ultimate and Enterprise users will be able to get this.
  • Language Integration Pack (LIP) – This unlike the Language pack doesn’t require Windows 7 to be Ultimate or Enterprise, but requires the running operating system to contain at-least one Main Language. LIPs only translates words or areas that the user might interact mostly.

The Sinhala LIP is just 2MB – 8MB in size and takes less than 5 minutes to install. After installing the Sinhala LIP it requires the user to Log-off or Restart the PC where in my case it only needed a simple log-off.

At first the usual font (English) settings may look odd, but after navigating through Folders, Settings and Applications a few times you’ll simply get used to it as well as the local language which in our case is Sinhala.

Checkout the screens below to check how it looks after installing the Sinhala LIP. Its pretty cool to use Windows 7 in our own language. As this is a LIP, you wont find each and every word translated. But the majority of the words that we encounter has been translated to our native language. If you want to revert back to your original Display Language, Go to Control Panel, Language Settings, then change back the Display Language to the one you desire.

If you are not a Sinhala User, you can check the Windows LIP website for a complete list of available LIPs that are ready for download. If the LIP for your language is not available at the moment, keep on checking until its released.

Have Fun with your Sinhala version of Windows 😉

Download Sinhala LIP for Windows 7
Language Integration Pack Home*

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*site needs an update 😉


Written by judeperera

November 12, 2010 at 2:07 pm

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