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Windows 7: Install Win 7 italian by using an english ISO

04 Oct 2016   #21
Joe7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Before mark this topic as "solved".
I re-answer the original question:
If I have an ISO of windows 7 localized in english (so the standard version, the most popular and easier to find on the net..), is there a way to edit it and change it in a ISO localized in an other language (for example italian)?

(I know some way to change an installed english system to an other language, but I don't know if it is possible to convert an english ISO to an other ISO localized in a different language, hope my request is clear enough).


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04 Oct 2016   #22
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP
 
 

Well done. Congratulations.
Please mark this treat as solved.
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04 Oct 2016   #23
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Joe7 View Post
If I have an ISO of windows 7 localized in english (so the standard version, the most popular and easier to find on the net..), is there a way to edit it and change it in a ISO localized in an other language (for example italian)?
No, that is absolutely not possible. An English ISO is only in English, an Italian ISO in Italian. There is absolutely no way to install Windows in any other language than that of ISO image or other install media.

There are some valid and legal multilingual install medias available, for instance in my native Finland all new computers come with Finnish, Swedish and English available to choose when you set up a new PC and Windows is booted first time, also the recovery media containing these languages.

The only way to get an Italian Windows 7 using an English install media is to install Windows 7 first in English, then when installed download and install an Italian language pack and change system display language to Italian. However, in Windows 7 language packs are only available in Ultimate and Enterprise editions (Starter, Home Basic and Home Premium editions cannot use language packs).

In Windows 8 and later, all editions can use language packs.

Kari
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04 Oct 2016   #24
Joe7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

OK, thank you for your answer.
I thought to some work around... I know english ISO contains just english version of the system, but may be there is a way to get language related files from internet (for example italian language pack) and then "slipstream" it into our ISO and replace english related files...
Such a way would be useful cause we could download the popular english ISO and then convert it by using a language pack. Likely there is no way to do that procedure, but I was looking for something similar...
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04 Oct 2016   #25
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

There are language packs that can be installed using dism. Usually done by installing the language pack into install.wim,boot.wim and winre.wim. The packs come as lp.cab files.


How to integrate all language packs into Windows 7 | Hass - IT Consulting



It is possible to change language after installing the OS, by booting to pe and installing lang pack using dism, then set the lang defaults

dism /image:<path-to-os> /Set-SKUIntlDefaults:it-IT
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06 Oct 2016   #26
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
There are language packs that can be installed using dism. Usually done by installing the language pack into install.wim,boot.wim and winre.wim. The packs come as lp.cab files.


How to integrate all language packs into Windows 7 | Hass - IT Consulting



It is possible to change language after installing the OS, by booting to pe and installing lang pack using dism, then set the lang defaults

dism /image:<path-to-os> /Set-SKUIntlDefaults:it-IT
Hunting language pack .cab files which are officially only offered to Microsoft's OEM partners is totally unnecessary, as well as is adding them with DISM.

You can simply install Windows 7 Ultimate or Enterprise edition on a technician machine and boot it to Audit Mode by pressing SHIFT + ALT + F3 after installation is done and OOBE starts:

(Screenshot from Windows 7 Image - Customize in Audit Mode with Sysprep)

In Audit Mode simply install language packs normally, then Sysprep and capture the image.

Microsoft has a very clear policy: language packs are available as optional updates for those running Ultimate or Enterprise. Not for any other edition. Installing language packs with any valid or invalid method to any edition than those officially supporting them (Ultimate and Enterprise) is a bad idea and might cause Windows either lose its activation or make it impossible to activate it in the first place. Using features not meant to your Windows edition with a hack or workaround is piracy as clearly as any other form of it.

An extract from almost six years old post, still valid and worth to read if trying to add language packs to any other editions than Ultimate and Enterprise:
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
Here some reading material regarding these language pack cracks:

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by My Digital Life
Windows 7 Validated As Non-Genuine on Unsupported Editions with MUI Language Pack Installed

After using hack to install language packs on non-supported editions of Windows 7, the Windows 7 operating system may be unsuccessful and validated as non-genuine (in other words, pirated or counterfeit) when user is trying to install updates on Windows Update or download files from the Microsoft Download Center. Genuine Windows validation also fails and returns negative status when user validates on Genuine Microsoft Software site.
...
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It appears that Windows Activation Technologies (WAT) starts to taking into account feature sets that available on specific edition of Windows 7 operating system when determining the genuine status. In this case, the non-genuine status is returned when Multilingual User Interface (MUI) packs that provide additional display languages in the operating system are installed on Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium or Professional edition, all of which is Windows 7 editions that does not support installation of MUI language packs.
Full article: Windows 7 Validated As Non-Genuine on Unsupported Editions with MUI Language Pack Installed My Digital Life
Kari
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06 Oct 2016   #27
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
There are language packs that can be installed using dism. Usually done by installing the language pack into install.wim,boot.wim and winre.wim. The packs come as lp.cab files.


How to integrate all language packs into Windows 7 | Hass - IT Consulting



It is possible to change language after installing the OS, by booting to pe and installing lang pack using dism, then set the lang defaults

dism /image:<path-to-os> /Set-SKUIntlDefaults:it-IT
Hunting language pack .cab files which are officially only offered to Microsoft's OEM partners is totally unnecessary, as well as is adding them with DISM.

You can simply install Windows 7 Ultimate or Enterprise edition on a technician machine and boot it to Audit Mode by pressing SHIFT + ALT + F3 after installation is done and OOBE starts:

(Screenshot from Windows 7 Image - Customize in Audit Mode with Sysprep)
In Audit Mode simply install language packs normally, then Sysprep and capture the image.

Microsoft has a very clear policy: language packs are available as optional updates for those running Ultimate or Enterprise. Not for any other edition. Installing language packs with any valid or invalid method to any edition than those officially supporting them (Ultimate and Enterprise) is a bad idea and might cause Windows either lose its activation or make it impossible to activate it in the first place. Using features not meant to your Windows edition with a hack or workaround is piracy as clearly as any other form of it.

An extract from almost six years old post, still valid and worth to read if trying to add language packs to any other editions than Ultimate and Enterprise:
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
Here some reading material regarding these language pack cracks:

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by My Digital Life
Windows 7 Validated As Non-Genuine on Unsupported Editions with MUI Language Pack Installed

After using hack to install language packs on non-supported editions of Windows 7, the Windows 7 operating system may be unsuccessful and validated as non-genuine (in other words, pirated or counterfeit) when user is trying to install updates on Windows Update or download files from the Microsoft Download Center. Genuine Windows validation also fails and returns negative status when user validates on Genuine Microsoft Software site.
...
...
It appears that Windows Activation Technologies (WAT) starts to taking into account feature sets that available on specific edition of Windows 7 operating system when determining the genuine status. In this case, the non-genuine status is returned when Multilingual User Interface (MUI) packs that provide additional display languages in the operating system are installed on Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium or Professional edition, all of which is Windows 7 editions that does not support installation of MUI language packs.
Full article: Windows 7 Validated As Non-Genuine on Unsupported Editions with MUI Language Pack Installed My Digital Life
Kari


Well explained and in my opinion very correct.
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06 Oct 2016   #28
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

If you read the Hass link, it refers to lp.cabs and Enterprise Edition.
Those who have multilanguage oem recovery isos may be curious why they are so big.That explains why.

The thing you posted is about users trying to install MUI packs themselves into a running os ,presumably so they can switch languages, not the same thing.
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