This page explains the steps you need to take to install Chinese fonts and an Input Method Editor (IME) on a Windows XP system.
With Windows 2000 and XP, the IME support is much better integrated into the system than it is with Windows 9x, Windows-ME or Windows-NT4. In fact, once you have the fonts and IME installed, nearly any Windows application is capable of interacting with the IME to accept Chinese input.
These instructions were developed with Windows-XP professional in mind. I have reason to believe that something similar will work for XP-Home, but I cannot verify this at this time.
It appears that Windows Server 2003 IME configuration is the same as with Windows-XP.
Start by going to Start->Settings->Control panel, and select "Regional Options" from the control panel. On the languages tab, there is a checkbox to install files for East Asian languages. You need to check this - once you do, you may be prompted to insert the CDROM from which Windows-XP was installed.
Note: You may need to have the CDROM that Windows-XP was installed from handy. Once you are done, it will look something like this:
You will need to click the "Apply" button before the settings take effect, and it is quite likely that the system will need to be rebooted afterwards.
If you also wish to install the IME, a separate step is required. For this, click the "Details" button on the "Languages" tab. Once you have done this, a window entitled "Text Services and Input Languages" will appear. On this click the "Add" button, and choose the settings for the IME that you wish to use. For MS-Pinyin, it will look something like this:
This page was last updated on 10/05/03.