Travel, Teach, Live in China
Click on Start
Click on Control Panel
Click on Regional and Language Options
Click on the Keyboard and Languages tab
Click Change Keyboards under the General tab click add
Double click on Chinese and then double click on keyboard, check the version you would like
Click ok, and an icon should appear to the left of the icon bar in the lower right hand corner, click on it and click Chinese to turn it on, hit shift to switch back to English. Type in Pinyin and it will transfer it to characters.