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Windows 7: SOLVED: Change language Windows 7 Home Premium OEM Spanish to English


18 Sep 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 OEM --> RTM clean install
 
 
SOLVED: Change language Windows 7 Home Premium OEM Spanish to English

Hi all, I thought I'd share this with the community, as I myself had been looking for an answer for quite a time.

Scenario: English ex-pat living in Spain. Bought new laptop (Toshiba Satellite L500-20Z) with OEM Windows 7 Home Premium in Spanish. Want Windows 100% in English.

I'd been trawling through the threads, and had found these:
Completely change language of Ultimate installation? & win 7 language change

Googling also revealed I could only change the language if I had an Ultimate or Enterprise licence.

I had thought of downloading a legitimate English version Home Premium ISO from Digital River, but a format and clean install was a last resort - even though there's plenty of OEM bloat, I didn't want to risk some things not working or have problems trying to activate later. So I made a C: drive image, just in case.

Solution: Download MS English language Pack (don't forget to check the MD5 hash), download Vistalizator. The language pack won't install by itself - probably because the OS isn't Ultimate or Enterprise, but launch vistalizator (it doesn't install, just runs) and open the language pack from there.

The only thing is, I wanted my main account in English and a secondary user account in Spanish, but that isn't possible. I CAN still change back and forth between languages, but I have to do it through Vistalizator and reboot… The language settings in the control panel don't do anything, and the vistalizator language switch is a global change - all accounts are either English or Spanish.

But it works - 100% in English, and I'm loving my new laptop!

Regards,
D

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18 Sep 2010   #2

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I don't think this will stay here very long since vistalizator is a hack that violates the EULA.
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18 Sep 2010   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 OEM --> RTM clean install
 
 

ah, didn't know, sorry. so the alternative is to get an english copy of the licence i paid for and fresh install?
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18 Sep 2010   #4

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by allend66 View Post
ah, didn't know, sorry. so the alternative is to get an english copy of the licence i paid for and fresh install?
That's what you're supposed to do.
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18 Sep 2010   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 OEM --> RTM clean install
 
 

i could still do that, but from experience something won't work afterwards... even though I've snatched all the drivers from the toshiba website, something's bound to be amiss.
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18 Sep 2010   #6

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by allend66 View Post
i could still do that, but from experience something won't work afterwards... even though I've snatched all the drivers from the toshiba website, something's bound to be amiss.
That's what we're here for, solving what might become amiss.
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18 Sep 2010   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 OEM --> RTM clean install
 
 



thanks a lot...

I could format and install,... seems like a lot of work though being as my laptop is how I want it. Though thinking about it, I could get rid of the bloat (30-day macafee, 60 day office, ebay links (!!) and the like...
I'll give it some thought..
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18 Sep 2010   #8

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Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by allend66 View Post


thanks a lot...

I could format and install,... seems like a lot of work though being as my laptop is how I want it. Though thinking about it, I could get rid of the bloat (30-day macafee, 60 day office, ebay links (!!) and the like...
I'll give it some thought..
No prob, There was a dispute a while back about Vistalizator, that's why I mentioned it.
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18 Sep 2010   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 OEM --> RTM clean install
 
 

dispute? - nothing nasty about virus or malware, or anything?

I scanned the pc after and everything seems to be fine, no hangs, no pop ups, nothing, but if it is EULA violating then 'spose the admins should remove this thread?.

regards
D
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18 Sep 2010   #10

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Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by allend66 View Post
dispute? - nothing nasty about virus or malware, or anything?

I scanned the pc after and everything seems to be fine, no hangs, no pop ups, nothing, but if it is EULA violating then 'spose the admins should remove this thread?.

regards
D
Well they've already edited your original post, so I assume it's been reviewed.

No it wasn't about malware or anything, just someone wanting to change

languages in a version that doesn't allow it, it got heated and the thread was

removed, that was why I thought it wouldn't stay long.
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