There is a multilingual version of Windows 2000 which ships on either the Select disks, or the MSDN disks. It isn’t / didn’t use to be available as a retail version. However, I’ll be bet a large helped of Deep Fried Pig’s Arse that someone out there somewhere can get a hold of the Select or MSDN disks for you…!
Windows ME - no. If you want to play games, install Windows 98 Second Edition first. Then install W2K. W2K installation will take care of everything else, and it will leave you the option at boot up of which OS you want to use. Advice: I prefer to use the Windows New Technology Filing System (NTFS) with W2K, which is more efficient, allows you to manipulate your disks better, and enable security so your wife can’t see oops what am I saying. But Windows 98 can’t see NTFS so if you install W2K with NTFS it will change your entire hard drive to NTFS and poor old W98 will no longer boot. To get around this, use a program called FDISK to create 2 partions on your hard drive. I have an itsy bitsy 10GB hard drive for my OSs, and I can fit 98, 2000, and 2000 server on it. So I reckon if you leave 5GB for W2K that will be enough. W98 may need more as you’ll be putting all you games on there. But of course don’t forget to leave space for your data files, which should be on the NTFS partition for security. I prefer to have one physical hard drive for the OSs, and another monster one for data. Disks that spin at 7200 rpm are the standard now. I digress. Best and easiest to get the guy in the shop to use FDISK to make an active primary DOS partition on your hard drive for W98 and a second one for NTFS. Then slap on 98 yourself onto the primary active partition. Once it’s up and running, bung W2K on top, selecting the option to “let me choose the installation partition during setup” and then select the partition which doesn’t have W98 on it during setup. It’s easier than it sounds.
Windows XP - I’ve only ever used it on laptops and I hate it. Lots of people like it though.
Windows 2K - my OS of choice. You can use MS’s Input Method Editor (IME) for Chinese, and it come with all the language packs you need. The menus are in English on the English version. For true multilingual menus you need the multilingual version of Windows 2000. To be honest I’ve never seen it in action - sounds great though. I don’t like MS’s IME for Chinese. I like NJ Star which lets you use chop and change and convert and it’s much more pinyin friendly for long form characters. I’ve been using it for about 7 years.
If you want to bung on Chinese W2K over Englsih W2K you can. But there are file security issues to bear in mind with 2 NT systems on the one box. The admins on one installation have control over the files of the other. Forgive the obsession with security, but it was a major part of a job I did a few years ago and I think it’s the most important aspect of NT.