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Windows 7: Can I install Windows 7 Ultimate in Japanese as a first install

02 Oct 2011   #1
Mr Samurai

W7U 64bit
Can I install Windows 7 Ultimate in Japanese as a first install

Hi All,
I want to install W7U on a new build comp. but want to install it as Japanese for the wife can I do this or can I only change the language later.

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02 Oct 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

Welcome to Seven forums Mr Samurai. I believe you will need a Japanese Windows 7 DVD, but there options for regions/language in the set up.
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02 Oct 2011   #3


If your Seven Ultimate install media is not Japanese, you must first install it in an available language (normally just one, some install medias can have a language choice) and then install a Japanese language pack.

An alternative that might work is to find a Japanese Seven Ultimate install media or ISO image, install it and activate with the Seven Ultimate key you have for your non-Japanese version. I have installed for instance a Finnish Seven using key from an English version I did not need, but also had problems when trying to Install an English version using key from a German Seven. Still today I can not understand the logics of this, although officially Windows 7 keys are edition but not language dependent.

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