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Windows 7: change PC language in Windows 7 professional

08 Mar 2016   #11

windows 7 professional 64 bit

Hello :), I am still struggling with this language change on this windows 7 sp 1 64 bit Professional HP laptop.

Vistalisator seems to risky to use, some people get a black screen as a result and I don't understand the workout completely, ( also because everything on this laptop is in Dutch.)

Now I think there are two possibilities left.

1) ; clean reinstall windows 7

2) ; upgrade to Ultimate.

Can I do either of these two possibilities without the use of the Windows CD that originally was provided with this laptop and I don't have?
Will there somewhere along the line be the possibility that windows 10 gets sneaked in ?
Does it cost money to do this, I mean will I need to pay windows for this ?
Is it difficult ?

Any help will be gratefully received,


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08 Mar 2016   #12

Windows 7 Home Premium

Would you consider going non Windows?

That would at least take away the problem language.
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08 Mar 2016   #13

windows 7 professional 64 bit

Hi Boris :), well Yes, in the end I will have to consider all possibilities to get out of this mess.

But in Ultimate you can easily change the languages I am told.

It would be nice to stay with windows 7 for a while, I like it.
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08 Mar 2016   #14

windows 7 professional 64 bit

Well, I have been doing some research and found out that "windows anytime upgrade" does not exist anymore. Uptill now I have not found one recent answer on my questions of upgrading to Windows Ultimate from any Windows 7.

It looks sort of impossible
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08 Mar 2016   #15

windows 7 professional 64 bit

With google search " windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit product key " I have come across They offer a download for free :).
I 've done some research on them and they look safe .........

Dunno what to do now .........

If I make a restore point and it does not work I can always go back ? Never done such an upgrade. But is is the only way to get rid of the Dutch starting language.

Any idea's ?
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08 Mar 2016   #16

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Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro

The download may be free but what about the Windows 7 ultimate key to activate it?

Like I stated before you would be better off with a clean install of Windows 7 Pro if you have a legal key to activate it, from the sticker you provided earlier it is not for Windows 7 Pro it is for Vista and you cannot use a Vista key for Windows 7 at all.

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08 Mar 2016   #17

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring

Hi Thelma,
DONT touch it, it will be counterfiet/pirate
you need either a retail or system builder version WITH the packaging .

The only way you'll get a genuine version is to pay for it through the nose.
Here in England it'll be about 150.

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08 Mar 2016   #18

windows 7 professional 64 bit

Thanks, Jerry and Torchwood :)

I really don't know what to do anymore.
It was a nice gesture of my friends to send me this old laptop and I don't want to bother them with many questions about it.

They knew I have no money at the moment and this was laying around. They are both specialists doctors and have ( also for their work ) the latest of the latest.
This one, I can tell has been used by 3 of their children. I have not only the language problem but also my pictures ( that is my most important hobby) that I have downloaded from an external hard drive ) I cannot open. Not in Photo Gallery or dropbox.
The keyboard is funny, the @ is where the " is and I cannot get the old stuff of the other users off.

It starts to look like I have to bite the bullet and buy a new laptop.

My old one broke a month ago, has a broken screen and god knows more. It still starts but you cannot see anything of course.
Luckily I had done a backup on this Toshiba USB external hard drive. I downloaded all on this laptop but perhaps it's not rightly unzipped or something. It all goes above my computer knowledge.

It's so frustrating, I can read the names of my pictures files but cannot see them.
Thanks for help anyway,

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10 Mar 2016   #19

windows 7 professional 64 bit

OK, back with some good news, Boris the animal ( Tobias) helped me by Team Viewer and he did the best he could so now at least I can see my picture files again. He also managed to put some order on it.
Now next I am going to get an external monitor going to connect to my old " broken screen " Dell laptop (which still starts) to see what I can do to get files and folders on this HP laptop.
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