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Windows 7: How to change OS language?


23 Apr 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
How to change OS language?

Hello everyone. I have Windows 7 Home Premium installed on my laptop (which is my first pc) and it's language is Portuguese. I would like to change it to English or Romanian. Is it possible? Do i need to buy other Windows 7 in one of my desired languages? I'm asking this here because all i found in CP regarding language changing had to do with keyboard or non unicode programs or Windows Live language settings. Other than that i couldn't find anything else. I feel like i should mention i'm totally noob (only 9 months since i have this laptop)



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23 Apr 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello FlorinSabin,

Sorry, but only the Windows 7 Ultimate and Enterprise editions allow you to change the display language from the original language it was installed as.
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23 Apr 2012   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You could get a Home Premium installation dvd that is already in your chosen language - you can install that using the product key stickered on your machine.

Snag is - you may need to install some drivers specific to your machine - you can get them from the manufacturer website.

You will also need to download and install a bunch of updates, and install all your programs.
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24 Apr 2012   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

So I'm stuck up with Portuguese language. Anyway i was thinking, is it possible to put my current Windows on a USB stick? I would like to try to re-install my Windows. But when i bought my laptop, it didn't came up with any installation CD. When i first turned it on it took me trough installation steps.
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24 Apr 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

You already have a legitimate OEM product key, so you could download a Windows 7 ISO (English) and use that, as this excellent tutorial explains.

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

In your case you need the Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit ISO - it's most important you choose the one that is the same version as your curreny system i.e. Home Premium 64-bit.

Just make sure you backup your personal data, you at least have a driver for your network adapter backed up, and that you have backup discs for any applications you have installed.

I would also create a set of factory recovery discs so that you can put your computer back to its factory state should the need arise. You need to do this before you do anything else. Your computer documentation or support site should have information on how to create your recovery discs.
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24 Apr 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
at least have a driver for your network adapter backed up, and that you have backup discs for any applications you have installed.

I would also create a set of factory recovery discs so that you can put your computer back to its factory state should the need arise.
Wow. That is a lot of things i have never heard or did before
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24 Apr 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FlorinSabin View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
at least have a driver for your network adapter backed up, and that you have backup discs for any applications you have installed.

I would also create a set of factory recovery discs so that you can put your computer back to its factory state should the need arise.
Wow. That is a lot of things i have never heard or did before
We're here to help.

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24 Apr 2012   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Ok. First I'm gonna try to understand what exactly the terms mean and how everything is done.
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24 Apr 2012   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

OK.

Read through the tutorial, take notes and if you look on the right of you screen when you have the tutorial open, you should see a link for the print version that you can print off it it helps.

Anything you're not sure of, just ask.
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24 Apr 2012   #10

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