IME Cantonese (CPIME) Input for Windows 10

I don’t usually publish geek posts or material, and this short explanation is made for IME Cantonese (CPIME) users. For those who don’t know what this is about, it is a keyboard input based on Jyutping (or Yale) phonography designed to output Traditional Chinese characters based on Cantonese pronunciation.

I have been constantly bugged by a 「Desktop only」 annoying wall that prevented me to use the traditional CPIME Cantonese input method on Windows 10 with my new laptop device.

If this is the problem you recently experienced and your Chinese is not strong enough to understand HK and Cantonese native speakers’ tons of pages that are supposed to explain how you can solve the problem, here is a simple and user friendly insight about what worked with me and may work with you. I keep it simple and direct.

Once you downloaded and installed the IME Cantonese (CPIME) keyboard, go to this page and download the cpimefix.xml file. Once it is downloaded, put it directly in your c:\ drive. Then open your 「Command Prompt」 and type: 「control.exe intl.cpl,,/f:”c:\cpimefix.xml”」 (remove my squared quotation marks), and hit ENTER key.

Get back to your 「Language preferences」 and your Chinese input’s options. Check in the Keyboards section; it should be naturally added. If not, click on 「Add a keyboard」 to check.

If this doesn’t work, send me a message. You shouldn’t be the only one to be looking for a Cantonese Jyutping/Yale input that works with traditional characters on Windows.

A short thought for Windows IT workers who have been – willingly or not – working so hard to make Cantonese phonetic input so… unavailable for Windows users. We don’t congratulate you guys, if this was not clear enough.


Jean-Sébastien Desnanot


Cantonese character mh (absent in Mandarin)

2 thoughts on “IME Cantonese (CPIME) Input for Windows 10

    1. First of all, make sure you haven’t downloaded anything yet or remove all your previous trials by uninstalling them. Check whether you download and install in the appropriate order:

      1. The CPIME application. You can choose between:
      – Jyutping (https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2qUgeChf1U9T3ZybURiZFh2YTA)
      – Yale (https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2qUgeChf1U9N0VlMUdmTnJFa0E)
      – Sidney Lau method (https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2qUgeChf1U9WXNZZWpnU0lfNzQ)
      – Cantonese ‘pinyin’ (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2qUgeChf1U9X1pmTDQ4X2RaQTQ/view)

      2. Once you downloaded the application, install it normally and try to run it directly. Check in your 「Languages Preferences」 (Settings > Time & Language > Language) if the option appears in the list under 「Preferred Languages」. If not, click on 「+ Add a language」 and look for it under Chinese and check the 「Keyboards」 in the 「Options」.

      If it works, you don’t need to go to next step. If it doesn’t work, you need the CPIME fix.

      3. Go to this page (https://www.facebookhk.com/cpime-windows-10-修復檔/) and click on 「cpimefix.xml」 (it’s normally a pinkish red hyperlink).

      4. Once the file is downloaded, you can find your 「cpimefix.xml」 in the download folder. Move it to your c:\ drive. Put it only in the main c:\ folder, next to 「Program Files」, 「Users」, 「Windows」 and other c:\ folders. Not anywhere else.

      5. Then open the Command Prompt and type exactly:

      control.exe intl.cpl,,/f:”c:\cpimefix.xml”

      Hit 「Enter」 and go back to 「Languages Preferences」 and check as in 2. I tried it several times and it still works for me. If it still doesn’t work for you, are you sure you’re using a Windows 10? Actually, if you use an earlier version, it might perfectly work without the update. If you’re on W10 and it still doesn’t work, I confess I’m lost. There might be other applications better for your system. Have you checked other ones?

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