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Windows 7: Getting rid of Chinese! (language, not people)

24 Jan 2011   #1

Windows 7 Basic 32bit
 
 
Getting rid of Chinese! (language, not people)

I am an America in Shanghai China and my laptop hard drive went belly up. I don't want to deal with that here, so I just bought a cheap Toshiba T210 running Windows 7 Basic at the market and I gave my old laptop away.

I wrongly assumed that the language Windows uses was just a simply setting, but apparently it is more comprehensive than that. The store that I bought the laptop from did reload the entire machine from scratch (after language problems on the first day of ownership) and changed some unknown-to-me settings.

Mostly everything works just fine with little evidence of the Chinese language. The problem is that some programs are still installing in Chinese and it is a major pain to correct them when you can't read the words! (Two examples are AVG Free and CrashPlan Pro) I would like to make sure that everything on my computer points to US English so that I don't have to deal with this forever.

So after doing some more research I came across the Region and Language settings box. Format, Location and Default Input Language settings. All of these were changed to English before I had the installation problems.

Does anybody know where else I can look? Somehow certain programs still think that I want to read in Chinese! Thanks.

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24 Jan 2011   #2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Have you changed the system locale?

Change the system locale
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24 Jan 2011   #3

Windows 7 Basic 32bit
 
 

Yup, system locale is also set to United States. Every setting that I could find in the Region and Language dialog box have been set to English / United States.

I'm guessing that there is still something lingering in the registry somewhere, but I don't want to start dinking around in there and cause more damage.
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24 Jan 2011   #4

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Windows 8.1 Pro Preview with Media Center
 
 

First, welcome to the Seven Forums, Darren.

Judging from your post there are two possibilities: the shop upgraded you to Windows Ultimate and installed English Language Pack, or they used available hacks to do the same.

What speaks for the latter is that I doubt a shop would just give you the Ultimate edition. I hope I'm wrong and they did it because these unofficial hacks used to get language packs that normally require Ultimate would in-validate your Windows so it would no longer pass validation needed for software that controls that you run a genuine Windows.

So, to start we need to know if you still have Seven Home Basic or if the computer was upgraded to Ultimate. Please check this and post back.

Kari
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24 Jan 2011   #5

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I believe you will find the Key is locked to CHINA only.
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24 Jan 2011   #6

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Try uninstalling AVG completely, also remove any leftover folders in C:\Users\<Username>\AppData\ and C:\ProgramData. Then run the CCleaner registry clean, then reinstall AVG making sure you select English as the setup language.
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24 Jan 2011   #7

Windows 7 Basic 32bit
 
 

Thanks for the warm welcome, guys!

It's Windows 7 Basic for sure. The only way for a Chinese copy of Basic to be in English (without upgrading) is to hack it? Crap.

I have performed all of the Windows upgrades on the machine with no problems. Is there a way that I can check validity so that I can go back to the shop with problems now? (I'm leaving China in three weeks and heading to Australia)

Another alternative I'm curious about: my old laptop is still here and runs Home Premium. Is there a way for me to upgrade my new Toshiba laptop to Home Premium with the license from my old laptop? The hard drive is crapping out on it anyway, and since I don't have disks or anything the new owner will have to reload it with a new OS.

If I don't worry about this until it "becomes a problem" then I would probably be looking at a forced upgrade to an English-language version of Windows 7 later, right?
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24 Jan 2011   #8

Windows 7 Basic 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
Try uninstalling AVG completely, also remove any leftover folders in C:\Users\<Username>\AppData\ and C:\ProgramData. Then run the CCleaner registry clean, then reinstall AVG making sure you select English as the setup language.
AVG is in English now, so that isn't a problem. The problem was that it took me 15 minutes to get it into English when it was installing. I don't want that to be a problem for future programs that I install.

So could I just run CCleaner now, without uninstalling anything?
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24 Jan 2011   #9

windows 7 ultimate
 
 

There is also a chance seeing as you mentioned 3rd party software:

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Two examples are AVG Free and CrashPlan Pro
That it's a Government thing. Only Chinese language software available in China?

I mean, we are talking China with its limited nanny state Internet.

Just a thought...
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24 Jan 2011   #10

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OK, with Home Basic to change the display language it must be a hack. Here's something worth to read for you: Windows 7 Validated As Non-Genuine on Unsupported Editions with MUI Language Pack Installed My Digital Life

There's not much more you can do, as you have already localized the PC as much as possible from Windows' side. Most software check the localization data and use default display language to install, but for those which check not the localization data but location of physical IP address instead, there's one neat trick: Uninstall any programs that have refused to install in English. Use Revo Uninstaller with advanced scan, or if uninstalling using native uninstall, manually delete all traces of said apps in C:\ProgramData and C:\Users\Your_Username\AppData and it's subfolders. Delete also all registry entries for those apps. Download and install IMO the best free VPN proxy HotSpot Shield (Hotspot). Launch HotSpot Shield, which gives you an American IP. Download app again and install it, it should now install itself in English.

I'm sorry but as far as I know there's nothing more you can do for now.

Kari
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