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Windows 7: How to change PC language?

29 Apr 2012   #11
Kari

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My fellow guru Seavixen said it all here above. Basically I have nothing to add, but here you get detailed answers for your questions.

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But do u now however admit that one can change a English bios to a German bios and vice versa?
Yes, although it's useless regarding what you want to achieve and has nothing to do with the language of your windows setup. Only things that will change language are BIOS setup screen and some of the so called POST information shown on screen when PC is booting. These have nothing to do with the language of the Windows.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iTRiP View Post
And if u are sertain about this satement u made that it is not the bios that is the determinating factor for the language that the computer uses for everything then what is the determinating factor for language then?
Yes, I am sure. I consider myself as a language expert when it comes to Windows. Geeks here know I am not a modest person so let's say I know about everything there is to know about Windows language changes and language packs . Just do advanced search here at SF searching my posts using "Language pack" as search criteria and you can see it yourself. OK?

The decisive factor is the language of the Windows DVD you have bought, or the language of a pre-installed Windows if you got your Windows already installed with PC. There's no way you can change this language in Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium and Professional editions.

In Windows 7 Ultimate and Enterprise editions it is possible to change the display language completely using so called Language Packs. This change can be made individually and separately for each and every user account. For instance all my PCs have user accounts in my native Finnish and Swedish, as well as in English and German:

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Notice that in some areas computers with pre-installed Windows let you select the language of the operating system when first time OOBE boot is made, when computer is first time set up. For instance in my native Finland all new PCs let you select between Finnish, Swedish and English. Once this selection is made it can not be reverted, even if you do a factory reset the language remains as that which was selected during the first OOBE boot.

Also in some areas you can buy Windows DVDs with more than one language. Then it is a simply question of selection when installing Windows.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iTRiP View Post
and if proof can be had that this is true, how do u apply a system wide language change to a computer without using non~native software or other utilitys?
I am not bothering to find more proof to you. If you will not believe me and my expertise in multilingual Windows, feel free to search Internet or ask elsewhere.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iTRiP View Post
thank u .. id really like to figre this out with all of your help and be able to properly setup a computer in a language I can compute.
You have two choices:
1. Buy Windows 7 DVD or ISO in language you'd like to have and use it to reinstall
2. Use Windows Anytime Upgrade to upgrade your Home Premium to Ultimate, then using Windows Update download and install language packs of your preferred language


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Any way if the bios change from german to english does succeed by flashing...! then u all say that windows wont adapt? So what would happen if one installs a new harddrive or simply format the old drive after the flashing of the bios completed ... will the computer then accept the new language of the system and give one an option for that language when windows setup is in progress?
No. Flashing BIOS and changing BIOS language, then reinstalling Windows does not change the language of Windows. The decisive factor is not the BIOS language but the language of your Windows install media.

Kari




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29 Apr 2012   #12
seavixen32

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Thanks for the comprehensive answer Kari as it has helped me too.

Whether it has helped the OP is a moot point I feel.
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30 Apr 2012   #13
iTRiP

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30 Apr 2012   #14
Kari

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iTRiP View Post
So the determinating language factor of a computers systems UO language is the bios and the determinating language factor of the operating system UO language is the product key!
Now a word I honestly believe I have never used in a post outside joke forums: LOL! Sometimes it is hard to get message through...

Sorry, mate, you got it wrong. Product key has nothing to do with the language of Windows OS. If you install your Windows Home Premium using a German install DVD using a product key originally given for Italian Windows Home Premium, you still have a German Windows Home Premium.

A Windows 7 product key is edition specific but language neutral. If you buy a Windows 7 Home Premium DVD in Spain, it is most probably in Spanish. But if you do not use that product key to activate Windows, you can give the code for your friend in Athens in Greece and he can activate his Greek Windows 7 Home Premium with it. But only Home Premium; product keys are edition specific.

Notice that the above mentioned is true when using retail versions of Windows 7. I have met some OEM product keys belonging to a pre-installed Windows edition which have not been accepted when trying to replace pre-installed language version with another. This is because some manufacturers add bits to Windows code to check the used install media is the original OEM media, in original language.

Windows versions 101:
- Retail = install media you have bought separately from the computer as a standalone product, which you are allowed to reinstall and reactivate on another computer
- OEM = pre-installed Windows which comes with your PC. Reactivation only possible on same computer
- Confusing = OEM can also be bought as standalone product. You can then freely decide on which computer you install and activate it, reactivation only possible on that same computer

Did you read what I told you in my last post:
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
The decisive factor is the language of the Windows DVD you have bought, or the language of a pre-installed Windows if you got your Windows already installed with PC. There's no way you can change this language in Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium and Professional editions.
Make a cup of coffee or other hot beverage of your choice, sit down and read the answers you have got carefully and thoughtfully through one more time.

Yours,

Kari
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30 Apr 2012   #15
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Kari, is it me or are we just banging our heads against a brick wall here?
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02 May 2012   #16
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