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Windows 7: Installers automatically choosing foreign languages

06 Apr 2014   #11

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In addition to what you have already been told, please check the location of your PC from Control Panel > Region & Language > Location tab. This must not be your case and might even be quite far fetched, but as a quite experienced user of multilingual Windows (each PC user accounts in 4 different display languages) I know how important it is.
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An example: My English user accounts have the Current Location set to United Kingdom. When I now open my IE home page MSN, it will be shown in English ( If I now close IE, change the Current Location to Finland and relaunch IE, it shows the Finnish MSN (

The same happens with some (not all) downloads, using the UK location I will be given an English installer, whereas using location Finland I will get a Finnish installer. That's exactly why I set the Current Location on each individual user account in my Windows computers according to the language the said user account has as display language.


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15 Apr 2014   #12

win 7 64 bit

Yea my location is set to US and i am downloaidng the english or generic version of a installer.

But as long as i have non-unicode language set to Japanese, some programs go full retard and run in the japanese there really no way to fix it other than changing non-unicode back to english, which requires a restart?
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15 Apr 2014   #13

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Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10

Not if the program doesn't have the option to force an English option, no - because it thinks that because you have non-Unicode set to Japanese, that you want everything in Japanese. Check with the program's writers as to options.
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15 Apr 2014   #14

win 7 64 bit

Thats weird, the non-unicode option says that it only kicks in for non-unicode programs?
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