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Windows 7: change PC language in Windows 7 professional

03 Mar 2016   #1
thelma

windows 7 professional 64 bit
 
 
change PC language in Windows 7 professional

Hello, I have looked at all the old threads about this problem dated some years ago. ( Mostly answered by Kari, Thanks Kari )

I wonder if there have been some new developments about this issue which I think will get more and more common as people move from one country to the other more often and also buy PC's abroad.

I was given this Dutch HP laptop, that was not used since 2013. It's a HP CQ70-200ED Product Presario CQ70 and it has Windows 7 professional 64 bit on it installed. This is very confusing as the Dutch use half the English words and half Dutch, so even to put my system specs here I need a dictionary. And then if you try to find a translation for the English 'download' to a Dutch word they give you 'download' but it is't.

I read that changing MUI starter language is only available in windows 7 Enterprise and Ultimate, but then I read some confusing info about 'Vistalizator' .

Can anybody shine some light on this confusing issue ?

Thanks a lot for any help,

Cheers
Thelma


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03 Mar 2016   #2
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

Thelma

Changing languages is only available in ultimate and enterprise, I have read up on changing pro myself and it doesn't seem that it is possible.

Look at the bottom of the laptop or in the battery compartment and see what Key you have, I did some looking and some of those models came out with Vista but I did see some Windows 7 drivers available also. If it has a Windows 7 Pro license key I would recommend you download a .iso and reinstall.

Jerry
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03 Mar 2016   #3
thelma

windows 7 professional 64 bit
 
 

Thanks Jerry for quick reply .

The laptop was send to me by post yesterday as a gift and I am very grateful for it, but it leaves me a bit in some mess. There are no CD's with it, all stuff of the old owner is still on it ( it was abandoned in 2013 by one of the children ) On the front is a Windows Vista sticker but it has now this windows 7 prof on it.

Been cleaning it and changing names and so on. Also managed to down load last night 124 important and 49 optional updates. Have not installed them jet, but have secured the laptop against windows 10 with the help Brink offers in his tutorial.
Also did a sfc/scannow and it came out clean.

All the official stickers and service tags are on the back. I don't understand what you mean by "download an .iso and reinstall ".
Then I need a CD I think ?

Well, at least it is a new learning stage and thank God, I am back on www after 4 weeks. It's ridiculous but nowadays you feel like amputated a limb without a PC
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03 Mar 2016   #4
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

Do you have a Windows 7 Pro key sticker on the bottom similar to this image below?
change PC language in Windows 7 professional-pl2294978-windows_7_professional_ultimate_home_prem_oa_activation_product_key_sticker_x16_blue.jpg

The download an .iso and burn it to a DVD and reinstall Windows 7 Pro would be something you could do to get the right language if you have a proper Windows 7 Pro key.

Jerry


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03 Mar 2016   #5
thelma

windows 7 professional 64 bit
 
 

Ok Jerry, I made a picture of what I got, could not find anything on this PC for pictures so have used dropbox for the first time
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03 Mar 2016   #6
thelma

windows 7 professional 64 bit
 
 

PS I did my new system specs as far as I understand it al.
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03 Mar 2016   #7
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

That is the product key on the sticker I would edit your posts so nobody will copy it down and use it, but doing my research I did notice it doesn't say what version of Windows that is but the numbers on that sticker X13-04655 is for Vista, so this is either a refurbished computer where the manufacturer put Windows 7 Pro on but if that's the case there would be a sticker stating that so this could be a bootleg copy of Windows 7 Pro.

Jerry
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03 Mar 2016   #8
thelma

windows 7 professional 64 bit
 
 

Hello Jerry, there is a fellow showing it on YouTube, but I cannot download the link.

Look up 'How to change windows language in windows professional' and he is successful.
Very difficult to follow because not sharp, no explication only music ( I turned off) and he does it from Greek to Russian.

But many people underneath thanking him for the good advice.

Might give it a try, this is driving me bananas Even snipping tool and paint are in Dutch !!!!!

Will look at it 4 times and write everything down very, very carefully,
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03 Mar 2016   #9
thelma

windows 7 professional 64 bit
 
 

Ok, took the service tag away, thanks for the advice
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04 Mar 2016   #10
BorisTheAnimal

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Hello thelma also did some searching and yes just as Jerry said you need to upgrade to ultimate to change the language though there would be a way to do it but it will violate your Windows EULA.

Here is a way, I'm not saying that you should do it merely saying that there is a way:
How to change Windows language in Windows 7 Professional - Super User
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