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Locale Emulator — Run Japanese VNs without changing Windows locale

Have you wanted to run Japanese visual novels without changing Windows language settings? It’s easy to do with Locale Emulator!
If you used them in the past, NTLEA and AppLocale are no longer supported, so it’s a great alternative.

Core written by Amano from sumisora.
Developed for Windows 7/8 (XP is not supported), works well with UAC enabled/disabled, better stability/compatibility compared to AppLocale and NTLEA..
Compiled binary
Current version is v2.5.0.1
1. Unzip
2. Run LEInstaller.exe and click Install
3. Right-click context menu to run your VN executable in a different locale
You can also run it from the command-line with LEProc.exe

Thx to mchubby for mentioning this to me.


I'm the Fuwanovel community admin and a big fan of Visual Novels. The easiest way to get a hold of me is via a PM on the Fuwanovel Forums, by twitter (@ArchmageTay), or by email.

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11 years ago

This might be perfect for my needs, because the thing that annoys me about using Japanese locale is that some software I install will use Japanese characters, making it difficult for me to go through the installation process. I also use an English purchased Intuous 4 Pen Tablet and it uses Japanese.

If this software lets me keep my locale to English while circumventing the Japanese locale restriction for games, this is perfect for me.

11 years ago

Wow… this works perfectly! I had to set the system locale to Japanese to play Witch’s garden, because it crashes with AppLocale at some point, where the Live2D stuff starts, but now it works just like it should. Thanks for posting this! I think I’ll uninstall AppLocale.

11 years ago

By the way, how can you make this thing work with the apps, like always starting up with the shortcut you placed on the desktop? Because it’s a bit bad that I have to right-click and then select the stuff…

11 years ago

Hope someone will make a clear guide about what excatly to do , since i have absolutely no idea .

11 years ago

how do you download/install this?

AV picks up a virus!

Reply to  mayu
11 years ago

It picks a so-called virus because this tool intercepts specific calls in a program’s memoryspace. Such techniques, known as dll injection are often flagged as suspicious because it’s akin to what some keygens or trojan would do.
If you look at the details of what’s detected, it should show up with a behavioral signature. The author puts it so:

Bitdefender picks it up as “Gen:Trojan.Heur.Hype.ci4@amh42@f” so the identification is based on heuristics and not a known signature.

This said, after installing, right click on exe or shortcut and select the appropriate menu entry.

11 years ago

but where is direct link to dl it has multiple files on github?

10 years ago

There is no Installer.exe There is only Installer.csproj, which is completely worthless. I do not have a program that can run that file extension, and I have never found one that can. Rather amusingly, if you type in .csproj on google, one of the main help sites that shows up says they don’t know any that can run it either.

Reply to  Bryan
10 years ago

You do not need the source code to run a program.
Use the compiled binaries link, that will lead you to an archive such as “Locale”

10 years ago

the file isn’t there anymore.. please,, someone upload the file again.. (with english uploader)

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