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

24 Jan 2011   #11
Bill2

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DarrenDriven View Post
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?
1) Go to this site to validate your copy of windows.

Genuine Microsoft Software

2) Did your old laptop come with home premium preinstalled? If yes, that is an OEM copy and is tied to that computr and cannot be transferred. But if you bought your copy from a shop (not System builder OEM from newgg etc. though), then the license can be transferred to your new computer.

3) The only way to ensure there wont be problems later would be to install english win7. I cannot guarantee this will work but if you can lay your hands on a win7 english disk, you can do a clean install of home basic, then try activate online or failing that by calling MS. This procedure normally works but why I'm qualifying this is the chinese language origin of this computer.

Activate Windows 7 Online

Activate Windows 7 by Phone


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24 Jan 2011   #12
DarrenDriven

Windows 7 Basic 32bit
 
 

Well, my copy of Windows validated as genuine, so that is good news. According to the link, that could change down the road, though. As long as it doesn't happen in the next four months I can deal with it.

Also, I already use a VPN and had it on when I downloaded and installed AVG and Crashplan.

I'm not freaking out or anything, I just wanted to make sure there wasn't some secret setting that I didn't change. I can deal with the occasional Chinese characters.

Thanks guys.
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24 Jan 2011   #13
paul2011

ultimate X32
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DarrenDriven View Post
Getting rid of Chinese! (language, not people)
THIS MADE ME LAUGH SO MUCH

im sorry that its no help and sorry if it broke the rules (hope not) but i had to say somthing
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24 Jan 2011   #14
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

What do you get here ?

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\MUI\UILanguages

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\MuiCached

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\LanguageConfiguration

Export the keys and post them up
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24 Jan 2011   #15
DarrenDriven

Windows 7 Basic 32bit
 
 

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\MUI\UILanguages
(Default) REG_SZ (value not set)

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\MuiCached
(Default) REG_SZ (value not set)
MachinePreferredUILanguages REGMULTI_SZ en-US

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\LanguageConfiguration
(Default) REG_SZ (value not set)
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24 Jan 2011   #16
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Do you have this , or zh-cn as well?

Getting rid of Chinese! (language, not people)-mui.jpg


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24 Jan 2011   #17
DarrenDriven

Windows 7 Basic 32bit
 
 

I don't have my screen capture utility installed yet, so I can't show you a cap of what I have, but here it is...

UILanguages
--en-US
----(Default) REG_SZ (value not set)
----LCIS REG_DWORD 0x00000409 (1033)
----Mode REG_DWORD 0x00000001 (1)
----Type REG_DWORD 0x00000091 (145)
----Version REG_DWORD 0x0000000 (0)
--zh-CN
----(Default) REG_SZ (value not set)
----DefaultFallback REG_SZ en-US
----en-US REG_MULTI_SZ
----LCID REG_DWORD 0x00000804 (2052)
----Mode REG_DWORD 0x00000001 (1)
----Type REG_DWORD 0x00000092 (146)
----Version REG_DWORD 0x0000000 (0)
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24 Jan 2011   #18
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

It started as English then had zh lang pack installed.

I don't suppose you could copy and paste the hives into a folder, zip it up and post it.

It won't let you copy hives that are in use, so you need to do it from outside windows, either from another o/s , or from the 7 boot disc.
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24 Jan 2011   #19
DarrenDriven

Windows 7 Basic 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
It started as English then had zh lang pack installed.

I don't suppose you could copy and paste the hives into a folder, zip it up and post it.

It won't let you copy hives that are in use, so you need to do it from outside windows, either from another o/s , or from the 7 boot disc.
That is a little outside of my experience. Do you have a link that might explain how to do that?
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24 Jan 2011   #20
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Boot the 7 dvd/repair disc.

Go to command prompt.

type notepad (then press enter)

when notepad pops up, click File >Save

select "all files " in notepad dropdown.

Getting rid of Chinese! (language, not people)-anotepad.jpg


Create a new folder on your HD - call it anything you like HIVESCOPY will be fine.

Browse to your windows\system32\config

copy and paste the hives ( the ones with no extensions - don't bother about the .log and regtrans files ) into the HIVESCOPY folder.

Getting rid of Chinese! (language, not people)-hives.jpg

You're done.

Boot back into windows and zip up the hives.

They are quite large, so I suggest zipping each one separarely using 7-zip ( select ULTRA compression )

http://www.7-zip.org/

Getting rid of Chinese! (language, not people)-a7-zip.jpg


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