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INFO: How to Determine if IMM is Enabled on Windows 2000

Article ID: 250280

Article Last Modified on 2/28/2007


  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition

This article was previously published under Q250280


Although Input Method Editors (IME) can be installed and used on every version of Microsoft Windows 2000, they are not installed by default on non-Asian versions of Windows 2000.


IME and Input Method Manager (IMM) is enabled only when the user has installed an Asian language pack on Windows 2000. An IME-enabled application can call the GetSystemMetrics function with SM_IMMENABLED to determine whether IMM is enabled. SM_IMMENABLED indicates whether the system is ready to use a Unicode-based IME on a Unicode application. To ensure that a language-dependent IME works, check SM_DBCSENABLED and the system ANSI CodePage. Otherwise, the ANSI or Unicode conversion may not be performed correctly, or some components like fonts or registry setting may not be present.

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