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

24 Jan 2011   #21
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

EDITED POST ABOVE - in case you didn't see it.

If that is too complicated, you can just export the registry into regfiles, from within windows:

Just right click each one and select export.

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


then 7-zip each exported .reg file .


Be more difficult for me to look thru those - but very easy for you to do.




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25 Jan 2011   #22
DarrenDriven

Windows 7 Basic 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Boot the 7 dvd/repair disc.
My laptop didn't come with a disc... in fact, I don't think my last laptop came with one either. I will have to do the second option, sorry for more work on your end! Here it comes...
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25 Jan 2011   #23
DarrenDriven

Windows 7 Basic 32bit
 
 

I was able to just click on "Computer" at the top of the keys and export the entire thing at once. Here it is:
http://myaccount.dropsend.com/file/3fe66bfc384f15f3
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25 Jan 2011   #24
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

There is a difference here - it may account for your apps. thinking you want them to install in chinese:

lang.zip


It's important you have some kind of external bootable media.

You should be able to run off Toshiba recovery discs from within windows 7.

You can certainly run off a windows 7 repair disc ( you can't install from that - repair options only ).


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25 Jan 2011   #25
DarrenDriven

Windows 7 Basic 32bit
 
 

I downloaded your zip and here is what I see...

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by YourLanguage
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Nls\Language]

"InstallLanguage"="0409"
"Default"="0409"
"InstallLanguageFallback"=hex(7):65,00,6e,00,2d,00,55,00,53,00,00,00
"DefaultLanguage"="0804"
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MyLanguage
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Nls\Language]

"InstallLanguage"="0409"
"Default"="0809"
OK, I found a page with language codes on it...
Chinese: 804, US English: 409, UK English: 809
Language Codes - Sorted by Locale

I went back into my registry and pulled up those keys and I see what you are talking about. Do you think I should just edit the keys that are currently set to 804 and change them to 809? It seems like that is what I should do, but editing the registry has been drilled into me as being something to do very, very carefully.

As for the bootable media, I don't have much experience with Windows 7. Should it come with a CD? My laptop doesn't even have a CD drive in it (I just realized, haha) so should I be able to create a bootable USB data stick or something? I'm glad you mentioned this, I could be up shxt creek without something!
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25 Jan 2011   #26
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Seems to me these two entries are extra to mine.

"InstallLanguageFallback"=hex(7):65,00,6e,00,2d,00,55,00,53,00,00,00
"DefaultLanguage"="0804"

You might find removing them stops the programs thinking you are using chinese language.

I don't think changing that en-us entry ( 0409 ) to en-uk (0809) is going to make any difference.

I don't know how/if there would be any effect on activation status.

As you don't appear to have any kind of backup of your registry or system , I suggest you do so first.

One should always have an image of the o/s to revert to at any time.


There is an imaging program that comes with windows 7, but free 3rd party alternatives are better.

Macrium free is probably your best bet.

D/l and install it - then make an image of your windows 7 partition ( and the 100mb) partition onto an external drive. Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download

You also need to create the macrium recovery media - you can run that off from within the program itself.

You will need a usb flash drive for that as you have no cd drive.

If you ever restore using the manufacturer recovery partition - you may find that it is chinese again. The recovery partition will conrtain an image which takes the pc back to the state you originally received it.
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25 Jan 2011   #27
DarrenDriven

Windows 7 Basic 32bit
 
 

Oops, I meant changing the entry from 804 (Chinese) to 409 (US English), I accidentally said 804 (Chinese) to 809 (UK English) but you answered 409 (US English) to 809 (UK English). Confusing. So again, could I just change the "DefaultLanguage"="0804" to "DefaultLanguage"="0409" and then get rid of the "InstallLanguageFallback" key?

And in an interesting turn of events, last night at dinner a friend of a friend mentioned that he is a microsoft vendor here in Shanghai and he can get a copy of Windows Ultimate legit for $30. So assuming that he isn't BS, I should be able to.... oh crap. I don't have a CD drive in my laptop! Oh no! I guess this means I need to find an external CD drive, right?
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25 Jan 2011   #28
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Yes. you will need an external cd drive - sounds a great bargain

If you are getting Ultimate - then you have nothing to lose - try deleting these two entries

"InstallLanguageFallback"=hex(7):65,00,6e,00,2d,00,55,00,53,00,00,00
"DefaultLanguage"="0804"

They don't exist on my system.

Merging this reg file will do it for you.

remove0804.reg


Keep us updated.


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25 Jan 2011   #29
DarrenDriven

Windows 7 Basic 32bit
 
 

OK, I merged that registry file and I checked my registry and it has been corrected. I am going to uninstall AVG and re-download it to test this.

Thank you so much for your help, it was far beyond what I expected!
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25 Jan 2011   #30
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

I assume avg installed in chinese the first time , and hopefully will reinstall in English.

You might find avg left a lot of stuff behind when you thought you uninstalled it.

Not sure if that will have any effect.

There are free uninstall apps which help clear old registry entries left by the app. own uninstaller , for general use, Advanced Uninstaller Free - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com works well for me - finds and uninstalls 64 bit apps. as well.

There are special uninstallers available at the site of the av companies specifically for removing their junk

AVG - Download tools


http://www.appremover.com/
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